100 Blocks: Jungle Boogie Thoughts

I was running late designing my block. I had already seen the majority of the blocks that were going into the issue and I knew the insert pages were full–no applique, foundations or templates for me. I wanted to make a block that could have interesting settings, but would be simple to piece, and I’ve got a nephew graduating from high school next year, so I had been looking for fabric that I thought he might like.

Early one morning, with all those thoughts in mind, I started drawing on the steamed-up shower door and had my block planned out. Later I drew the block in Electric Quilt (side note: if you’re an EQ user, be sure to check out the ongoing QM/EQ design contest). Then I saw Brazilia from Hoffman Fabrics, which reminded me of the tropical shirts my nephew likes to wear.

With no rotation, Jungle Boogie blocks look like this sewn together:

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Jungle Boogie Setting #1

Kinda fun how these blocks create their own sashing. If you like symmetry, you could repeat unit 1-C-D patches at the right and bottom to create an inner border effect.

By rotating the blocks, you get this:

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Jungle Boogie Setting #2

The pinwheels form where the blocks join together in this setting.

TIP: If you use a stripe like I did, you’ll want to plan for how the stripe lays out before you cut the C, E and F patches.

Tell me, which setting do you like best? I’ll pick someone at random from the comments after 10 am MST on Tuesday morning 11/10 to win a 100 blocks issue.

And the winner is . . . #18 Pat! Congratulations!

Thanks everyone for playing along–I’ve enjoyed reading your comments. Claudia–I have more settings in EQ, but ran out of time to get more ready for this! This one is also fun to play with diagonal settings–and, of course, many varieties of colors too!

About June Dudley

I'm the Editor-in-Chief of Quiltmaker magazine. I have enjoyed quilting for many years. And I love to collect fabric, thread, books and all things quilty. I especially like batiks, bright colors, florals, dots, stripes and anything purple or teal.
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