Week 4 Roundup
This has been a crazy week. In my day job I’ve been preparing for Quilt Market - I’ll be out of town in Portland, OR all next week. (READ THE IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT WEEK 5&6 AT THE END OF THIS POST).
I thought I would mix this week’s recap up a bit by showcasing a technique I saw a lot this week that I totally love but that we didn’t really talk about in the book: using a motif’s colors to work with the design instead of the background color. It’s a weird thing to explain, so I compiled a few of the blocks that really showcase it.
@mintlane used two different Lizzy House butterflies as her light values in this block. By mixing in coordinating lights for the half square triangle blocks, the butterflies really fill the space for that color.
@london_and_granger used her cotton & steel tigers as the mid value in her block. Because these motifs are smaller, she included more than one in her fussy cut. It helps fill the space and also adds some visual interest to the block.
@my.quilting used the background color of her motif as a mid value for her ribbons, then used the color of the egg cup to perfectly coordinate the second ribbon! The effect is so wonderful and the fabrics feel like they were made for each other.
@valoriewheeler used the gnome print mixed with the light blue cross-hatched as her background, but the brilliant trick was pulling the red from the gnome's hats to add in to her mid-blue print. That little touch really adds something special to pull the block together even more.
@loscamou used these beautiful Heather Ross florals to bring in the green colors she used through the rest of the block, the background has just enough light spacing to keep the block from feeling busy, but the green florals really tie it together, and the little yellow flowers make it pop.
@cristinmccusker's block is really cool because it uses the cats as a dark grounding point to counter the paw prints, but it also shows how you can mix and match different block lessons to achieve really cool designs. Here she used Latifah's trick from from block 28 to isolate her cats and eliminate distracting bits.
@erinrowleydesigns used this Lizzy House crystals print keeping, the dark backgrounds as the base color, but carefully fussy cutting the bright crystal pops of blue to make the block feel light and keep the focus on the motifs she selected.
IMPORTANT PRIZE INFO FOR WEEKS 5 & 6
Since I will be out of town all next week, I need to change up how the prizes will work for weeks 5 & 6. The major change to note is that the six blocks from weeks 5 & 6 (blocks 13 - 18) will now all be due latest on Sunday, May 27th. (instead of 3 blocks due in the first week and 3 blocks due the next week). This will give you a little more time to work on your blocks (since we're hitting that point where life is throwing some curve balls). I will NOT be pulling a prize winner on the 20th, but will instead pull two prize winner on the 27th - and the prize will be special products I collect at Quilt Market that are not yet available to the public. I hope you all are having fun with the quilt along. I've been absolutely loving all the blocks and quilts that are taking shape.