Thursday, October 1, 2015

Scrap-A-Palooza! Sampler Progress

On last Sunday's Oh Scrap!, I shared a photo of a few of the blocks I made for my Scrap-A-Palooza scrap sampler.  I thought I would share some additional photos today along with some thoughts on my process as I choose blocks for this project.

I want my sampler to have the feel of an irish chain quilt.  So each of the blocks I will be choosing need to have the look of an X.  And the scrap colors I decided on are blue, turquoise, lime green and purple.

 So, of course the very first block I chose broke all the rules!
 This little Rosebud block was too tempting however.  I did use a print in the center square rather than a background fabric to give the illusion of an X.  But in doing so, I brought in a bit of pink.
I have already decided to make my quilt 5 x 5 blocks so there will be a center square.  So if I use this block for the center, not being like all the other squares won't matter.
See...where there is a will, there is a way!

 In my mind, I envisioned my center square framed in by very dark blue chains.  So I went about finding simple chain blocks and sewing them up.

I also wanted the colors to fade on each block from a dark black/blue to a medium blue.  For the first block, I chose this simple block with a larger center square.

The next one is made from a bunch of squares except I replaced the outside corners with 4 patches.

For the third block, I went with 4 patches in the corner again but in a 9 patch grid.  The larger center will balance the first block I made.

 For the last blue chain block, I used the same layout as the second block but just changed the placement of the 4 patches.  This simple change really changes the look of the block.

Here they are all laid out on the floor.  In this photo, you can see the color change in the blocks and the nice dark framing around the center block.  

I am now working on the next four blocks.  They will fill out the corners in the photo above.  I will be looking for designs that fill the blocks a bit more and I am thinking I will pull the turquoise color from the center blocks into those spaces.

I hope to have more to share soon!

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Linda said...

I love the way you play with your blocks and let your mind open up to different possibilities. You give me such incentive to get back on the scrappy train :D

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

What a great idea to have the blues change from darker to lighter as you progress outward. Can't wait to see where you go next on this one!

Anonymous said...

I really love that green centre square.. every time I see it, I want to make a whole quilt of them for me.

Anyway, I think you're going to have a pretty awesome quilt once you're done this! It's looking really good so far.

Jo Ferguson said...

It's fun to see how your mind works through this. Thanks for sharing the process. This has the makings of a sensational quilt.

Karen said...

Very simple blocks that make stunning results.

Jasmine said...

I really like your layout and color placement.

Clare M said...

Nice blocks Cynthia. Love the way you are working this through. You are inspiring me to have a go. Thanks.

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