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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Week 51 New York

For the block today Barbara Brackman suggested that it might be one to consider using in the corners of the quilt. So with that in mind I decided to make three versions.

Even if I do not repeat the use of this block in the corners it will be good to have some choices of colorways to help with layout of the blocks. The blue fabric I used for the stripe above is one that I have had all along but not used. Other fabrics that came from the same collection have appeared from time to time I think but not this one.

Here I went with fabrics with just a touch of red in them which has appeared in a few blocks this year.

Of course again it was a challenge for me today to create what is essentially an American flag block when the very necessary red is not a fabric choice I have to select from. And supposing I have some idle moments I might have a try at making the block that this is based on which uses a pieced star in the top left. BB decided that was a difficult one to turn into an 8" block (good thinking!) but with foundation piecing as an option I'd like to see if I could make it work. The fabrics I have with stars on for the top left position give quite a heavy feel to the block that I'm not sure I am happy with.

In the meantime, I think my favorite is the first block I show. That wavy line of stars looks good even if the blue it uses is a difficult one to work with. What's your favorite?


Cheryl Kotecki said...

I like the first one too - and your choice of the pin dot with that fabric is much smarter than either of your star fabrics would have been because this lets the stripe be the most important feature. The other two are strong also - the star fabrics have a more modern air about them, but that's not a bad thing!

Dorry said...

What you see as pindots in that first block are actually tiny stars at about the same scale as the stars in the wavy stripe.

Sherrye said...

Partial to red......what can I say. Very striking.