I've been happily sewing away in my studio…
Playing with my Summer Skies block for our
I showed you in my last post how I turned my
Scrappy Happy block into my
Summer Skies block:)
We are using
as our instruction manual…
the pattern includes
4 blocks sizes and we
are using the 24" size
Summer Skies quilt:)
After sewing my first block together for last weeks post…
I sewed the Easy Corner Triangles segments
for all remaining 8 blocks that I had already cut.
Then I paired them up like this above
to sew all of the corner sections first.
I did not plan each color placement within the blocks…
but rather just paired up randomly
so that I would end up with
scrappy happy blocks!
Because I had already chosen my color palette
and cut all of the squares and rectangles needed
for all 9 blocks…
I knew that they would all go together
so I didn't worry at all…
just waited for the surprise blocks to be born!
Unplanned placement leads to fun surprises
and combinations that are so cute…
and maybe colors you wouldn't have normally
thought to put together are so inspiring!
I did the same thing with the rectangle sections.
I sewed all of them first…
with out planning the color placement…
just used 2 contrasting colors so that the
points of the stars would not be lost and
would stand out nicely when sewn into the blocks.
So after I had all of the sections completed…
I could lay them out in a nine patch arrangement
to audition color placement.
This block I used only oranges and greens...
This one is pinks and yellows
with a pop of light aqua for the star points.
I love the aqua floral for the center of this block:)
I used 3 different pinks in this one
and I love how they all go together!
Are you noticing how each block looks different …
depending on where the
light and darker colors are placed?
I love the pink in the center of this one…
it recedes because the center is lighter
making the orange and darker green really pop!
Because this darker blue
is in the center of this one…
your eye is drawn to it immediately:)
I chose to name this block Summer Skies
in honor of our starry summer nights!
I grew up sleeping under the stars in the summertime.
I remember the warm breeze of a summer night...
gazing at the stars while listening to the
sounds of the night in a small town.
Crickets… farm animals…the barking of a dog…
my mom and dad in the house talking and laughing…
the distant sound of a train.
And because we are celebrating the
4th of July here in the good ole' USA
The skies are filled with large and colorful fireworks!!!
Or in other words…
I showed you in my last post how to make
half square triangles from the ECT trimmings.
Don't forget to do that when making your
Summer Skies blocks...
I have a fun project and tutorial that I will be doing with them:)
Next week I'll be doing the tutorial on
putting all 9 of the Summer Skies blocks together
with sashings and showing you my quilt top!
Have a quilty kind of summer…
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