Inspirations for quilts often come from other art forms. A couple of years ago, my husband whisked me away to Santa Fe. A wonderful art show was going on that same week. I love art shows! Enjoying all the beautiful colors and designs in the native American art was the most thrilling part of the week for me. A few simple designs have been in the back of my mind ever since.
As I was contemplating a design for our 100 Blocks issue, I thought about what I could make with 2 1/2″ strips. Thinking back on the Santa Fe art inspirations, I realized that 2 1/2″ strips would work perfectly in one of the designs. My block, Navajo Nights, was born. I’m partial to batiks and I found Timeless Treasure’s Tonga Batiks Ice collection had just the cool blues and purples I was looking for.
I played with a couple of layouts in Electric Quilt 6 to see what multiple blocks would look like. In a straight set, the background fabric mimics the gray and purple design in the original block.
Using an on point setting (blending the same background fabric into the setting blocks and setting triangles), the block is tilted and looks less busy. Maybe it needs a more interesting pieced border.
Help me decide between these settings. Leave me a comment about which setting appeals to you more and why. After 10 a.m. MST on Wednesday, November 11th, I’ll randomly pick a winner from the comments to win a 100 Blocks issue.
Wow! I still can’t decide which setting to use. You are all pretty equally divided about which you like better. Thanks for all your feedback. Perhaps I’ll play a little more in EQ to create some interesting borders for the on-point setting. Then I’ll gather all my 2 1/2″ strips and make both.
In the meantime, #38 Beth Patrick was randomly picked as the winner of another 100 Blocks issue. Congratulations Beth!