It is challenge weekend again, and with each challenge I hope to encourage those with Electric Quilt to play with block designs to see what happens. Of course, modifying the block designs is only the start … playing with quilt designs using the modified blocks is even more fun!
Above is the Mexican Rose Block as it appears in the EQ block library.
I like it just as it is, but just had to try making the leaves bigger, and the flower, and turning everything 45 degrees to see if it still looked good on the diagonal, then removed some shapes to make borders, both straight and diagonal.
And of course, borders need corner blocks.
The first thing I do is redraw the blocks so I am starting with a completely symmetrical drawing, as this makes it much easier to twist and turn the pieces, and most importantly I don’t have to go back a do 10 or more again because I have discovered that the EQ library block is not always totally accurate.
So this month I want you to try playing with Mexican Rose, to see just how many ways you can manipulate the basic shapes to create a matching set of blocks.
As soon as I got addicted to quilting I started playing with block designs, using pencil and paper, but because it took so long to draw accurate pattern sheets, most of my ideas were scribbled sketches unless I wanted to use one of my variations in a project, and I stuck to some pretty basic changes.
I tried two quilt design computer programs before I bought Electric Quilt 5, and since then I have saved thousands of blocks into my EQ8 Library, but as I sort I add more variations, and find that I have not started with accurate blocks blocks so I am tidying up the blocks as I sort.
Playing with quilt block designs is my favourite computer game, and I am as addicted as others are to computer games.