Sometimes you can get great results, using quilt fabrics with strips or directional prints. I like to change blocks, to create movement. That’s why I have used stripes in the next block.
Block A5 Amethyst is such a block. Directions on page 15. The star stands out with the original block, because the background fabrics are light and almost solid, optionally pulling the star to the front. I will use stripes, alternating red/white with black/white. Not just the fact that I am using two different colors/fabrics instead of one for the background sections will change the block, but also using both red and black for the star points and the center square: the original block shows just one fabric. REMEMBER: you are free to choose as much fabrics as you want to. I always try to get a symmetrical look, by using the same fabrics in opposite corners.
The templates from page 85 are for both traditional and paper piecing: because I’ve used the latter, the center square is cut in quarters. That means the seams have to match up in the center, when the four Units are sewn together.
With Block A7 Cats and Mice (page 23, templates page 90), I will create more contrast. The original block is really ‘busy’, fabrics with flower prints can be overpowering, making the pattern disappears entirely. Because I am working with reds, whites, greys and blacks, I can emphasize the contrast by using almost-solid fabrics.
I have converted the block to paper piecing, used Papers for Foundation Piecing to print it all and filled the Units with fabrics. The picture above shows that I have used templates too: the large white triangles are single-cut pieces.
Finally the block is assembled: what a difference comparing to the original block. Using contrasts, or light fabrics instead of darks (the large triangles were originally brown) will give you a totally different look.
Next time I will show you how to make curved blocks, and appliqué by machine. See you then.
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