Yippeee! My week is here! Since I like working with garden themes it seems appropriate that I should make something growing. "Clover" started out when I was playing with blocks for my Pansy Face quilt to go with Pansy’s Posies. I had a group of four petals with a contrasting pansy face interior and I found some of the versions I was exploring looked more like leaves that formed a 4 leaf clover. By extending some sashing through the middle, my clover was standing up so a lucky person could find it.
I’ve made my small block as a green clover leaf and I like how the scrappy mix of fabrics makes a cheery little leaf. I imagine the sun shining down on the top leaves and shadow in the folds of the leaves on the lower ones. That larger block in the back ground is made with all Thatched and is based off one of my color studies.
The block can also be done as a clover with no stem...or playing with the greens and whites in the background and variation on the shades in the leaves. The lower left has a white, gray and orange band creating a strong horizontal element in the composition. Or simply make more of a star with white centers and dark corners in the layout in pink/red in a slightly more traditional look.
I love to play with rainbow colors in the corners and sides. Pair them with light and dark centers, corners and pluses. I loved that last one in the serene green and teal colors and wanted to sew one.
Sometimes I like to just make some single blocks in Thatched from the color studies and use them for some individual throw pillows. I have a couple from Moda Blockheads 3 with my "Little Bear Cubs Round the Campfire" block that I think this would pair well with.
To access your pattern for CLOVER, please click the gray bar below for the website link:
If you are looking for my blog post I did for Moda on COLOR, please check that out here:
If you are looking for my blog post on my quilt setting and corner blocks, the blog post is here:
Whatever you decide to do for your block this week, I hope you have the luck of finding a four-leaf clover and lots of fun playing with the options.
Check out my weekly color studies at robinpickens.com and shop for patterns at robinpickensINC.com. If you want a peek at the quilt that started this clover inspiration, here is “Pansy Face” using Pansy’s Posies. This fabric ships to quilt shops this October.
One more note for this week. I'd like to express my gratitude for all the nice comments people have with my color studies. I love to play with color and have a great time exploring them each week. It warms my heart to get nice messages and I'm pleased many of you have enjoyed them. Thank you for the sweet and supportive notes and comments. They really warm my heart!
Happy sewing this week and be sure to post your blocks in the facebook group. I can't wait to see them!
Last week was a visit with my lovely Mom for her birthday! So the blog didn't get done right on time. Sometimes life is like that, right? CROWNING GLORY is from Betsy Chutchian and can be found at her blog (https://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/) or through Moda's archives.
I did my color studies for the facebook group and got to posting here today!
My sewn block uses Painted Meadow, Abby Rose, Tulip Tango and Thatched. I love a good scrappy mix!
The NEXT block will be from me! So tune back in on Wednesday July 27th for more sewing fun.
Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms brings us block 17 for Moda Blockheads. It is called SHORELINE and uses half square triangles and stitch and flip corners to make a beautiful block. You can visit Camille's blog with the link below to get the free block pattern:
I like the star in the center and seeing it with color or reversed to background white. Corner squares can blend into a triangle shape for the block edges or the corners can stand out as contrasting squares. The darker pink can outline the center like a ribbon defining it or be mixed with gold to have a sparkly, almost kaleidoscope look. When we break up the colors by quadrant or sides it emphasizes the kaleidoscope feeling even more. Don't the last two look like light coming through a faceted or beveled glass window?
I used Thatched and Abby Rose for a rosy block that feels like it is a blooming pink flower. I'm tying in some of that Fuchsia that goes with the corner bud blocks for my quilt setting and keeping the Cranberry darker red to go with the background on those outer rows.
I love seeing the blocks on the Moda Blockheads facebook page as they pop up each week. One of the most interesting things about sewalongs is the sharing of our blocks and the fun fabric and color combinations we get to see from others. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am!
Tammy Vonderschmitt, also known as @nithaystack on instagram (from a shop she used to own), amazes me with all the projects she does! She is always sewing something new and has all kinds of great ideas. I had the pleasure of getting to know Tammy a little more when exhibiting with Moda at Road to California before all the pandemic stuff hit and she is such a treasure! This week's fun block "Indiana Puzzle" is from her. You can find this week's pattern from Tammy in Moda's blog- in the section on Blockheads archives.
Patchwork checkerboard corners pair with half square triangles to create a spinning motion. Extend the triangle color into the smaller squares in the corners to make a fanning out shape or even arrow heads. Or separate your rows by color, or make twisty arms that bend into the corners.
I had fun mixing some pinks from Abby Rose and Sweet Pea & Lily with some little fuchsia squares to tie in with my pink corner buds. I am bringing in yellow from Solana to coordinate with the center blocks and little orange corners to look harmonious with the small orange blocks.
I was also able to get two of the bonus blocks done this week too. I've made Wheat Field and Sharply Dressed in small blocks for the orange rows.
Progress. My Surrounded Square Garden is growing!
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