Friday, May 6, 2011
Day 5 of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol. 3 Blog Tour and Giveaway!
Good day, fellow quilters! And such a wonderful day it is!
Quiltmaker is wrapping up the blog tour today, and I'm giving away one last issue of 100 Blocks, Volume 3. Leave a comment in this thread and go to my website to sign up for my NuzLetter to enter to win.
Today, I'm covering a few ways to place my applique block into a quilt. Of course, there are a myriad of ways to make this block look great. Here are some of my ideas . . .
With this first design, I wanted to keep the background light and airy, yet add drama by adding bits of black. This block resides in the archived files of my Electric Quilt software, EQ7, and is called: 8-Grid Chain Variation.You will see that I chose a simple block design that is made up of small squares. I chose this block specifically because I wanted to maintain visual balance with the applique. If I were to use a block with larger swatches of fabric, the applique blocks would get lost in the shuffle.
I also wanted to give you a few more options of color for this design. There was a recent showing of red and white quilts in New York City, so I thought I would show you how a quilt would look using mostly red and white.
And because most quilters like to start early on their Christmas gifts, I wanted to see what it would look like if I added some green.
I did one other quick design, where I wanted to bring in a different value of blue . . .
I used a dark gray for sashing, first border, and binding, and a deep aqua for the main border.
Here is another example of this same design.
So play around with different looks. Glean ideas from the colors you use in your block.
One more thing I'd like to point out is that I colored my applique block with similar toned fabrics from the standard fabric library that comes with all EQ software. I wanted to show you that the block looks great using anyone's fabrics.
Thanks again for participating in the blog tour, and please don't forget to leave a comment and sign up for my NuzLetter, if you haven't already done so!
Enjoy your weekend!