Block challenge at Something To Crow About Spring/Summer Retreat (aka Quilt Camp): make a block of your choice using yellow and gray fabrics; block should finish out at 12" square.
Ooh, I love block challenge! Such freedom to experiment and move out of my normal comfort zone, or just practice a new technique, in a small, controlled way. What would you make? What style of block does this color combination make you think of?
Am I alone in feeling that yellow and gray makes me think modern?
|Challenge blocks: traditional vs. modern vibe|
I knew that I wanted to make a yellow and gray challenge block using a fat quarter of elephant fabric I have had for 10+ years.
And given the large-scale of the fabric, I wanted to showcase those lovely pachyderms!
I borrowed an idea I saw from Sew Peace to Peace, who blogged her Have a Latte design back in April. Jana shared that her woven accent strips were made with a 1/2" bias tape maker, but that these particular strips were cut on-grain (not bias).
I love this block! (Excuse my poor photography; the applique strips look a lot more wavy here; the lines are less wonky in person.) Used Fairy Frost from Michael Miller fabrics for some of the strips, but threw in a yellow gingham for contrast as well. The underlying elephant fabric was not cut or pieced in any way--win for the large-scale print.
Not satisfied with only ONE block, I ended up challenging myself TWO more times.
Made up a piecing pattern to approximate this pillow block that I had seen at a Modern Quilt Show in the spring.
Does this block look like a decent approximation? Used another fabric with a bit of a large image--the hula-hoop kids. I also felt like the red of the girl's dress might detract from the overall yellow+gray aesthetic... Oh well, I think it's cute, and I enjoyed the challenge of how-do-I-make-that-block?
Finally, I made a pretty block to mimic a design I saw in a trendy & fun quilt shop, Hip Stitch in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Although made up entirely of half-square and quarter-square triangles, this design definitely led me in a modern direction.
Doesn't this block, in these colors, make you swoon? I'm such a fan of mixing the traditional with the modern. I love scrappy, too, so I scoured my yellow scraps to build this masterpiece. Love!
Okay, so I made my THREE yellow & gray challenge blocks. And they joined all the other blocks made for fun. This is how they all looked together:
Quite a variety, eh? Another of the things I like about block challenge is seeing what everyone comes up with. Raffle was held on the last day of Retreat. I did not win, but I am super happy for the winner, and hope she brings back her completed quilt next year for us to ooh and ahh.
Great Fabric Destash accounting:
Fabric In: 1/2 yard (bought fat quarters of both the fairy frost and the main gray I used)
Fabric Used: 1/2 yard (the two blocks created from pieced fabrics + scraps; I also gave away the rest of the elephant fat quarter to the block winner)
Net Destash: 0 yards
How far to meet my goal? (still) 105-2/3 more yards