My project this week has been to start and to finish the May challenge for the Mighty Lucky club. This month’s challenge was set by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock and was all about effective contrast.
This was my fabric pull: a dark, three mediums and a light.
I chose the pinwheel block because I knew I could finish them quickly and I hoped the shapes would work for the challenge.
Blocks 1-3: The Value of Value
Blocks 4-6: Value Play
Blocks 7-9: Print Scale and Complexity
Blocks 10-12: Same-Hued Value Groupings
Ta-Done! The twelve completed blocks. My favourites are blocks 1, 9, 11, and 12.
This was my original block 9 (left) before I found a much larger print which was more effective for the study. (I know the left block is the better block, but not for the purpose of what we were learning!)
This block was perfection in my eyes. I needed a single low-contrast fabric to use for the background. When you’re making a red pinwheel block and you find a pinwheel fabric in your stash? It’s like the fabric gods are smiling at you.
I’m going to redo the bottom right block. The pink print is supposed to be a large scale print and I didn’t think I had true large scale in this colour but I found something better in the garage tonight when I was digging something out to give to a bossy-pants friend.
I spent some time with my Brackman’s on Sunday night choosing a block. I have to make the same twelve blocks but using different fabrics for them…I didn’t want to end up with a bed size quilt so I am making 6″ blocks. Which rules out all the blocks with 25 pieces, or 40 pieces, or HSTs finishing at 1.25″. I’m doing a double pinwheel block to keep it simple and to better ensure my success.
And if you’ve never seen a copy of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns it is worth seeking out.