Category Archives: colour play

Simple Blocks – Susannah

This is a really simple block but so many design opportunities. Just one Square-in-a-Square unit surrounded by small squares –

You can download the instructions here. Don’t forget to check out the Tutorials page for further details on making the unit.

This is what happens when you change the emphasis of the dark and light blues around –

And when you put them into a quilt –

Mix the two blocks –

Put them on point –

Use striped fabric –

or a completely different colour –

Simple blocks – New Album

New Album is very simple block – a plain Square-in-a-Square block with a border. You can download the instructions here. The centre square is an ideal opportunity for ‘fussy cutting’ your print fabric (it doesn’t show too well on this snapshot from EQ) and you can do the same in the smaller cornerstones of the border.

Swapping the colours over gives the block a different look –

Or you can opt for something completely different using Autumnal batiks –

or in more muted fabrics so the centre square is not so prominent

And then put into quilts – first alternate colours, straight-set

and then on-point

And now let’s play around with the colouring a bit –

or blue –

or alternate with a plain Square-in-a-Square

make the background lighter –

 

Simple Blocks – Square in a Square

Sometimes called Diamond in a Square this unit/block is worth learning how to make as it crops everywhere from a unit in assorted bocks to a simple block used as a ‘spacer’ between more complicated blocks where, as you will see further down the page, it can create the illusion of a star within the quilt design.

The basic block is, as it says, a square within a square and you can find the instructions to make it on the Tutorials page or download them here.

square-in-a-square-blockBut suppose we keep adding squares around our square?

square-in-a-square-block-aand again

square-in-a-square-block-band again

square-in-a-square-block-cThe basic block on its own doesn’t make much of a quilt –

square-in-a-square-quiltBut if you alternate the colours it starts to look a little more interesting

square-in-a-square-quilt-aOr suppose you alternate the different variations of the block?

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square-in-a-square-quilt-dand then change the colours completely and emphasise the star in the centre –

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Dancing Blocks Quilt-along

Happy New Year! And it is time for the third block in our Quilt-along. This month it is the Road to California block combining those Half-square triangles with Four-patches.

block-3-road-to-californiaYou can download the instructions here. But first here’s a couple of other colour ideas –

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And if you don’t like the look of that block, but you’ve made the units, there’s no law that says you can’t rearrange them to make a different block as one student did –

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Simple blocks – Star and Pinwheels

Like the last few blocks this first one of the New Year contains the Three-triangle unit. Star and Pinwheels has Half-square triangles in its four corners and, like Martha Washington’s Star has the 3-triangle units forming the centre. You can download the instructions for the block here.

star-and-pinwheels-blockThis is what the block looks like when nine are set together to make a quilt –

star-and-pinwheels-quiltThe block is symmetrical so turning it around makes no difference but you can always play with the colour.

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star-and-pinwheels-quilt-astar-and-pinwheels-quilt-bThere are more quilt ideas in the instructions.

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Simple Blocks – Martha Washington’s Star

This is another block with the three-triangle unit in the middle of the block giving a pinwheel effect. Just four of these units and four big Flying Geese units, together with squares in the corners, make this block with lots of opportunities for changing the look of the block with colour placement. Download the instructions to make the block here, along with ideas for colour and quilt settings.

mw-star-block-aMove the colours around –

mw-star-block-bAnd then put the blocks into a quilt –

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Simple Blocks – Mystery Flower Garden

I’m sure this block has featured on the blog before – probably as part of one the Block of the Month quilts – but no apologies for showing it again. You can download instructions for a 12 inch block here along with all sorts of ideas for colouring and quilt settings. Look on the Tutorials page for quick-piecing instructions for the various units in this block (and others in the series).

The instructions show the block in this colourway –

mystery-flower-garden-blockbut here’s a few more ideas from almost monochrome, through acid greens to Autumnal –

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mystery-flower-garden-block-cIn addition to the quilt ideas in the instructions, here’s a few more – starting with the block just straight set and no variations –

mystery-flower-garden-quilttwo differently coloured blocks –

mystery-flower-garden-quilt-bthen set on point –

mystery-flower-garden-quilt-aand finally two very different colourways set together (though the same pale fabric does appear in both) –

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