With my 24 scrappy offset log cabin blocks all finished, it was time to play with some layouts this week and choose a favorite.
First up was a traditional barn raising layout. The curved appearance to the blocks make such a visual difference than the more traditional block.
Chevrons are popular - how fun is this!
Any time I make these blocks, circles and half circles always make an appearance.
Once I started playing around, I decided I needed some background spacers so I made a few blocks in all low volume prints. When I do this, I like to use the same scrappy block layout rather than just put in a square of fabric.
Here is the layout I ended up with. I love those big circles of color!
I also found because my yellow, pinks and chartreuse blocks blended in with the background a bit, when I created other patterns, they were distracting. While I wish the colors were a bit stronger, in this layout, I don't mind them so much.
One of my reasons for making this quilt was I wanted to play around with a scrappy low volume background. As I was cutting my strips, I fought the urge to use fabrics with very little prints on them. I am really happy with how this turned out and will definitely be more adventurous in the future.
Now I need to make a final decision on a backing fabric. Two fabrics from the stash will work. The dramatic one on the left is a recent purchase - a black fabric with bright polka dots. The one on the right would be a softer choice. Speak up if you have a favorite!
And did you see Linda at The Road to Oklahoma made a block in these pretty teal colors. I can't tell you how happy I always am when I see someone sewing along. Once she made one, she says she is ready to make more!
Here is an example of what can happen when you start playing around with these blocks. Here is my Strawberries + Cream quilt that was published a while back in Quilty magazine.
Scraps are perfect to just play with!!