Thursday, November 11, 2010

DAY 4: Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour


I hope you all are enjoying your week of blogs and give-aways, compliments of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks!  I know I am, and I look forward to picking winners of my giveaways this weekend!  It's always fun to participate in programs such as this, and I especially appreciate all of you and your kind words!  When you work in a one-girl-studio, it helps to know that people like what you're doing and it gives us, as designers, such great energy to plan new designs and projects for you to enjoy.  So I thank you, from the bottom of my heart! :)  For without your feedback and interest, it simply would not be as satisfying to continue to come up with new patterns and designs.



With today's blog, I plan to share some ideas you may like to use to set my block into a quilt.  I have a few basic tips that are easy and fun, and will enhance a simple quilt top design.

Because the block should be the focus, you'll want to stay away from large, oversize prints.  I would suggest that you find a tone-on-tone, or two-color mini or medium-sized print to sash your blocks with.  I will use my block and it's fabrics as an example, and we will create a few different, easy designs with a touch of panache!

My first example balances the dominance of the deep rose appliqued hearts with a rosy red print border from Verna Mosquera's Savon Bouquet for FreeSpirit.  Sash your blocks with the Lecien blue-on-brown dot I used as the small center square and mini circles.  Then bind the piece with the same blue-on-brown dot.


My second example shows a softer setting, where I use a light blue medallion print for the main border.  The blocks are sashed and the piece is bound using the same fabric as the appliqued hearts.


My 3rd and 4th examples will give you an idea of taking the same sashing and border prints and changing up the binding.  In these examples, I again used the same tone-on-tone deep rose print I used for the hearts to sash the blocks.  Next, I pulled in a pretty, French-inspired floral from the Savon Bouquet line that has touches of blue to marry back to the blue dot background fabric of the appliqued blocks.  Where these pieces differ is with the binding.  See how you can use the blue-on-brown dot for the binding (#3), or pull the tone-on-tone deep rose print out to the border for #4.  Both are attractive and can give you a different "feel", depending on where you will be using the piece.  For example, if you wish to use it as a wall hanging, you may consider using version #3.  You could also use this version in a room where there is a lot of dark wood.  The #4 version is very pretty and feminine and could be used on the wall or as a dresser scarf in a girl's bedroom.  Or, add it to the center of a rustic pine table.


With a few simple changes, you can give your quilt designs a different personality.  Give thought to the myriad of possibilities you can dream up and interview fabrics into your designs that you never would have imagined.  A few questions you can ask yourself, as you pull your fabrics for this design are:

1) Does the fabric work better as a frame to the blocks or as a border?
2) What "feeling" do I want to show with my design?  Do I want it to blend into an eclectic environment, or something more traditional?  More eclectic, use a few different fabrics, if more traditional, stick to the same fabrics with smaller borders and use a different print for larger borders.
3) What decor do I wish to place this design in?  Consider the style and color tones of fabrics in order to blend well with your decor.  Before purchasing fabrics, ask your local shop for sample pieces to bring home with you if you are not sure they will work.

In addition to the table runner/wall hanging design shown here, I'd like to share an idea with you on how to place the blocks into a quilt design.  The quilt size is approximately 67 1/2" x 67 1/2".  I will be posting a pattern to make both the quilt and the runner designs next week!



Now back to the give aways for today!  As mentioned on Tuesday, I will be giving away a Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 2 magazine today.  My second give away for today is my Patchwork Rendezvous pattern, as well as my In a Snap! pattern.  Both are very easy and fun to make for any level of quilting experience.

Thanks again for all of your kind messages left this week!  Please remember to leave a comment and either "Friend" me ("Susan Guzman") on Facebook, or add me to your blog read list.  Have a lovely Thursday!

Susan

20 comments:

Ella said...

I really love the second one, it's my fave!♥

JULIE said...

Thank you for sharing the different color options and settings for your block. Really cute!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I really like the quilt size option. It's really a nice block.

Thanks!

Monica said...

I really love the second runner. That outer border is just perfect for your cute little block.

Lee Ann said...

I love all the design options you give. It does make a huge impression.

robin said...

I like the first one with the red border. Really brings out the hearts.

Marcia said...

Like all the variations though partial to the brown dot version - thanks for the information on how to choose sashing, borders, and binding. Please enter me into the drawing for the magazine and your patterns. I do not have a blog or facebook page, so I now follow your blog. Thanks.

Marcia said...

Like all the variations though partial to the brown dot version - thanks for the information on how to choose sashing, borders, and binding. Please enter me into the drawing for the magazine and your patterns. I do not have a blog or facebook page, so I now follow your blog. Thanks.

Leanne~*~Harvest Moon by the Lake said...

Hi Susan, It always amazes me how different fabric can change the whole feel of the block. I love the first one...love the red and the polka dots. Happy sewing, Leanne

scottylover said...

Thanks for showing all the different fabric options! Love how the red makes the block "pop" more than the others. Looks like a totally different block!

Sandy A

Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing. This block is simply gorgeous!

Joanna said...

The block makes up a nice quilt. For the runner, I like all of them:) But the red border looks really nice.

WoolenSails said...

I love all the variations, each one has it's own look. It is amazing how a change in a border or color can make all the difference in the style.

Debbie

BeachQuilter said...

Thanks for the variations...this really helps me!

Hey ... I'm Lindsay ! said...

Hey Susan ~ I friended you, and just LOVE your blog! Your block is just DARLING... and so very versatile! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent, and for giving us the chance for a GREAT giveaway :)

Amy said...

Cute block! Thanks for sharing the table runners and quilt pattern next week.

Peach Rainbow said...

I like the quilt - it is beautiful!

Kelsey Rose said...

Thanks for the discussion on how to play with the border - very interesting how it can change the look and feel of the final product so drastically!

I'm your friend on Facebook. :)

Thankful~Threads said...

Such nice settings! I love the variety you show. Thank you facebook friend for helping us with ideas to use your blocks. ~Kathleen

Kathy said...

I really like the red border in your first table runner.
Thanks for the chance to win.