Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Meg's Block for Katy

Hi Everybody!  I have finished the block for Katy's quilt:

I had a lot of fun putting this block together, but it was harder than I anticipated.  In my bio, I mentioned that I want to expand my ability to use color and ironically, being forced to stick with just one color was a real learning experience.

First of all, there are a LOT of shades of orange in this world!  I was very invested in the fussy-cut flower in the lower left corner, so that was my touchstone and kept me from going too pink/peachy or too vivid/neon.

Second, I realized that I've got a serious lack of light fabrics in my stash.  Linsay and I discussed this morning the notion that light fabrics often are not very interesting on the bolt -- but once you get them home and start cutting up bits, they're often exactly what you need!  Finding a suitable contrast was therefore tough -- I had to go 'dark' and rely on different print sizes.  The piece that caused me the most anxiety was the green spiral -- it's more green than orange.  But without it, the block really lost some zing and I finally went with what I truly liked and thought worked best.

I hope you like it, Katy!


  1. I like the orange! And you are right-the green swirl is perfect!

  2. Meg, it is perfect! I not only like it, I LOVE it! It will balance the blues so nicely. And I love the green spiral zing you added... we all need some zing in our lives :)

  3. Ahhh! The colors and patterns remind me of what I would see on vacation on a relaxing, sunny beach... which is exactly were I would like to be right now!