As you may have noticed I love playing with pattern. Since starting this blog I have allowed myself to play with designs for the sort of quilt I don’t usually make, and probably never will. Each time I play I find exciting designs which I can show you here, not so much so you can make these particular designs, but so that you can see the sort of designs which are possible with any set of blocks.
I made a lot of sampler quilts when I started quilting in the early 80s because I wanted to try every block design I saw. With the help of Electric Quilt I have discovered that if the blocks are repeated a few times in combination with other blocks there is a wealth of overall designs which are simple to make, not too repetitious, but which can make stunning quilts. I have previously played with my own applique designs until I got something I wanted to make, but rarely played with pieced blocks, even though I have designed about 500 and added them to my Electric Quilt libraries.
I am also using colours which I would not be comfortable with working with fabric. I have a series here in blues which usually leave me feeling cold …… but they are growing on me, and maybe one day there will be more blue in my stash. This time I am using a much warmer set of colours, which are too hot for me! (I want to add green, but because these are only virtual quilts I am NOT adding green.) Maybe the hot colours will grow on me too, but probably not until all memory of menopause are gone!
You will not find these patterns in Electric Quilt libraries unless you are in my computer. They are 5 patch designs, drafted on a grid of 25 squares arranged 5 accross, five down.
Four patch blocks have four squares, and nine patch blocks have nine squares, but five patch blocks have twenty five squares and seven patch blocks have forty nine squares. Why? Probably simply because the smaller numbers are easier to use both verbally and visually.
So, hot colours and 5 patch blocks. The sampler doesn’t look all that impressive, so what will happen when I start mixing them up. By the way, I am going to change the colour placement within the blocks too, to add a bit more interest, or maybe just confusion. Come back soon to see the first mix.