I have really been enjoying Crystal Manning's blocks that I see pop up in the Facebook Moda Blockheads group. Her fabrics have such color and energy and the mix of them together in her blocks is just stunning! I was thrilled to see her using her Garden Society collection with those adorable crickets and the table topper she showed on her blog! Visit Crystal's blog for a look at those lovely pictures and the pattern for HIGHLAND PLAID.
Plaid blocks offer a great opportunity to play with those bands of light and dark. I love that this Highland Plaid has the thinner rectangles running through the middle to give contrast to size of the "stripes". I've tried simple light/dark studies in the gray version with dark center going out to light corners or the flip with darker corners going into lighter center. The third one mixes that gradation with white center lines and black center.
For the color versions, I was thinking of a band of pink running down vertically through the orange, splitting the block into pink and blue (with a horizontal line of purple from the mixing of pink and blue), a ramp of lighter to darker and thin sashing and perimeter squares fading away to just leave the bold squares.
However you weave your squares together in a plaid, it is sure to be a versatile and enjoyable block. Thanks Crystal!
For my own block, it is living in the small orange row. I have used all Thatched fabrics with the exception of the tiny center...its from Abby Rose. The touch of yellow thin strips will help to tie it in with my yellow center blocks.
And speaking of tying in colors...did you get a chance to read the blog post I did for Moda last week about COLOR? Here is a link to it and hope it explains a little more of how I approach color with my quilts. https://my.modafabrics.com/inspiration-resources/playing-color
Yellow lines are not perfectly matched...but close enough...right?
That lightest color is the yellow Thatched flipped to the backside for a subtle light shade of the color.
Happy sewing. Hope you have a colorful week!
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