Welcome guests and followers to Day 3 of Quiltmaker’s blog tour for the latest Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers. As in the foregoing 11 volumes of this specialty magazine, vol. 12 contains awesome blocks from simple to challenging. The techniques vary from applique, to mixed technique, to foundation pieced and to pieced. You will want to add vol. 12 to your collection. It contains so many ingenious and colorful blocks to serve as inspiration for your future quilt projects. (Click the magazine cover below to link to a listing of all 100 Blocks publications.)
I feel so honored that my pieced block, “Inside Out,” is included in vol. 12! It is block #1173 on page 45. In designing this block, I experimented with reversing the coloration in the quadrants of the block. If you notice, the quadrants diagonally opposite each other are colored the same. To tone down the high contrast of red and white, I thought of adding the currently popular neutral – gray. However, I wasn’t totally pleased with the first block I made; the gray is too light.
Back to the fabric store I went and found a darker gray with some round textural elements. I like this coloration much better. The diamond formed by the triangles is more pronounced and adds visual interest.
Another idea for using this block is making the diamond element of the block a black and white print and replacing red with various bright colors.
I hope you enjoy making blocks from vol. 12, and if you try “Inside Out,” please send me a picture of your block or quilt.
If you’d like to win a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, vol. 12, leave a comment below. Tell me how you would (or did) use gray in a quilt block. I’ll select 3 winners and contact them by email on 30 November.
Clicking the green circular button links you to quiltypleasures.com, Quiltmaker’s blog, where you’ll find links to other designers on Day 3 of the blog tour. Remember to register for prizes on all the blogs you visit.