Thank you to Lisa Bongean for a wonderful block for this week's Moda Blockheads. You can access the block pattern on her blog at this link:
This week I was making the first of my blocks for my BROWN row in my rainbow row quilt. I don't work with brown a whole lot so this is a good exercise for stretching myself beyond my go-to colors. AND I decided to work in some of my new SOLANA fabric to the mixed prints block so it made it even more fun. But first...a little color/contrast study with the block...
I love the illusion of a square on point made from those flying geese when you keep the same color on all the flying geese and the small corner squares in the center. I also liked keeping a little shading difference between the center square and the star points surrounding it. But its interesting to see how playing with the outside half square triangles and making them a different color from the flying geese can give the block an overall octagonal feeling. And if you play with different colors for the flying geese on the larger and smaller blocks, it separates the inner square vs the illusion of the square on point. The example with the darkest corners on the large flying geese emphasizes a giant plus sign behind the on-point square. And in the bottom row I started playing with adding some orange, thinking a scrappier mix of colors and I like how the white corners and flying geese centers work together as a band of on-point border. The one with orange one might be my favorite of the color studies. But I think that is partly because I really like orange as a color.
My all-Thatched version is using the Cocoa and Oatmeal brown Thatched with a center square of Cream. The star points around the center are the Oatmeal from the back side for subtle difference.
For my version with prints, I am using the scenic print from the group in the corners with the criss cross ratan plaid, sunflower seeds on yellow and varietals on cream in the center. Solana doesn't have brown as a colorway but I think these browns from Thatched go with it quite well since the whole group has a warm, earthy feel. Makes me want to get out in the garden and start planting.
I love how perfectly these blocks go with my latest vintage Singer acquisition- this two tone 301. When I saw the two-tone colors I fell in love with this one. I just got it at Road to California in January from Aspire Sewing from Anaheim. She is lovely. I haven't named her yet (keep thinking "Mabel").
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5/27/2020 02:59:00 pm
Hello Robin, I love your block head this week. I would like to make it into a 9 inch block. How much would I need to increase from the 8 inch pattern? I have started a quilt making 9 inch star blocks, that’s the reason I would like to resize the block.
5/27/2020 03:09:23 pm
5/27/2020 03:54:25 pm
That you for your interesting color study. It is fascinating to see how a change of values changes a block.
Patty Jane Roth
5/27/2020 06:30:55 pm
I own the same exact Singer. It was my Mom’s machine. Single Owner I have the table too. It has a great straight stitch and is very fast. It is not the machine I use the most, but I plan to keep it and use it on occasion. Thanks for the Color study, too.
Allison C Bayer
5/28/2020 10:50:32 am
Wonderful color study! Your new-to-you LBOW (light beige oyster white) Singer slant shank 301 is marvelous. I have four, one of each color and bed length. Your new line Solana is rich! I’ll be looking for it at my local quilt shop. Allison C Bayer Plano, Texas
6/3/2020 07:20:27 pm
I live your sewing machine I looks just like the one my grandmother taught me to sew on.
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