The fabrics have been determined, the blocks from the panel cut and the stripes have been sliced into strips. Purchases for the remaining Kona cotton will be later, once I have determined the blocks that will be added or incorporated using the panel. A stash only needs to be as big as a stash needs to be. Although, a healthy collection of solids would not be a bad idea. There is just that storage and accessibility issue.
The go to book for an exhaustive and inspiring collection of quilt blocks is “The Quilters Album of Patchwork Patterns-more than 4050 peiced blocks for quilters” by Jinny Beyers. The blocks are consistently photographed, organized by grid, and beautifully rendered. There is even a grid tool that slips into the back of the book.
|Larger Peppermints, the solid green blocks will be the 4 1/2" printed blocks from the panel|
Keeping in mind the sizes I have to work with, I set out just browsing the book of blocks I liked and thought would be fun to do, lending themselves to central blocks and use of borders.
The block sizes from the panel are as follows.
- Large blocks 10 x 10 finished
- Medium sized blocks 7 x 7 finished
- Small blocks 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”
- Large rectangles
- Small rectangles
- strips of 2” stripe
- strips 2 1/2” stripe
- strips of 3” stripe
All strips are 1 3/8” yds long. Pattern repeats are to be determined for matching pattern.
|A swirling cup with red handles, the green will be a border stripe|
Some of the blocks are shown incorporating stripes into their composition. I think this makes for and interesting composition because the element of line is strongly introduced into the work.
|A band of mint candies through the espresso and cream|
I went through again and looked at grid and finished size. Some blocks and catagories overlapped in my preference, this became my master list. From this list, I narrowed it down to 4 options, per block size, based on similar elements of the blocks.
|Swirling Espresso and cream (not sure why the color shifted when I imported, still same espresso|
I think I may explore adding the rectangles or stripes to one side of the blocks and make assymetrical blocks. This could be an interesting challenge in layout. A hot chocolate sampler, without looking like a sampler.... I like that idea. There are so many blocks and so many interpretations of them! And I would not get bored doing the same thing over and over. Although doing multiples of the same thing in a repetitive manner also has its benefits. Such as streamlining production and efficiency and the ability to just slip into auto pilot and meditation, while working with such a sumptuous material.
|Swirling Mocha with a cherry|
Also, my preference in design is assymetry rather than symmetry and one doesn’t see a great deal of it in quilting. Being a non-conventional quilter myself, the appreciation of traditional designs, methods and approaches to quilting is highly regarded. We can’t all do the same thing. Each of us have a passion that is poured into the projects and it results in a self expression that is individual for each of us.
|More Peppermint and chocolate|
|Espresso & Cream swirl|