Friday, July 13, 2018

The Splendid Sampler II, Block 5: Point Taken

Yesterday, we started Week 5 of the Splendid Sampler 2 Block-of-the-Week quilt along.

Last week, we introduced you to the Week 4 block designed by Wenche Wolff Hatling of Northern Quilts, called Balance. Here is my version of Wenche's block!

This week, we meet designer Susan Ache of Instagram account: @yardgrl60. Susan's block is called Point TakenI love how cleverly the name of Susan's block correlates to the design!

I had trouble figuring out what version of the block I wanted to end up with because I couldn't decide on what fabric combination I wanted to use. I did know that I wanted to use my red type print for the main body of my star. So, I started with this version for my block:

However, something was bothering me about this. I'm going to share something with you: I don't typically mix solids with prints if I can help it. Why? Well, if I have an option to use a print in place of a solid, I prefer using a print because I feel it gives my designs added visual interest. And, I'm okay with a "busy" look.

So with that said, I went through the fabrics I'm using and thought I would re-make the block using a different background in place of the cream solid, and I thought I would like the addition of the green dot fabric. After I re-made the block, I stuck it on my design wall to let it simmer.

I left it alone for a few days and kept thinking about it and realized that something was bothering me. I ended up tacking up the pieced center of the first version I made and realized that I preferred the lightness of the cream mini flower print over the visual heaviness of the green dot fabric. And although the "X" print I used in place of the solid cream doesn't perfectly meet up along the center edges of my block, I'm okay with that, so I remade my block for the last time, and here it is:

I think I'm really going to like the boldness of the red star once I sew it into my quilt top; this star will become a bold spot for the eye to land once it's finally placed!

The Splendid Sampler 2 book will be available October 2018. It is currently available for pre-sale so order your copy, now!