100 Blocks: Roundabout

Designing blocks has been a passion of mine for a long time  so, of course, I was excited to design a block for this special issue. I have always been drawn to the Log Cabin and Roundabout is based on a Log Cabin variation. To add some interest to the block, I decided to piece the colored “logs” from 1″ squares. When the sections are sewn together, it looks like there are two different blocks that alternate.

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Roundabout

 

My original thought when I designed this block was that it would look nice sewn in a straight setting.

I used EQ6 to draw the quilt in a straight set.

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Roundabout straight set

It looks like there are two blocks that float on a white background. I wondered what it would look like in a diagonal setting. 

 

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Diagonal Set

I tried a black background to see what would happen.
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Diagonal set with black background

 

I know which one is my favorite. Leave me a comment letting me know which one you like, and I’ll randomly select one person Thursday around 10 to receive a copy of our 100 Blocks from Today’s Top Designers.

It was a revelation to me when I started coloring this design in EQ. When I designed this block, I was drawn to the combination of 30s prints on a white background that I had seen in a different quilt. That’s what I had in mind for this block. And I still like that combination. But when I decided to color the background black, I realized how much it made the design pop. In case you’re wondering, my favorite is the diagonal set on black—it seems like a lot of you agree. A couple people commented that they would like to see partial blocks in the triangles around the edges. I also tried that in EQ and it did look nice, but I decided to just post the diagonal sets with plain setting triangles to “float” the design.

And, now for the winner: #17, Jane. Congratulations! Jane will receive a copy of our 100 Blocks issue.

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About Carolyn

I'm the Creative Editor for Quiltmaker magazine. I've been quilting for almost 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy scrapbooking, knitting, reading, and hanging out with friends and family.
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83 Responses to 100 Blocks: Roundabout

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  2. Pam Gilmore says:

    The BLACK BACKGROUND!!! What more can I say?

  3. Susan G says:

    I like the straight setting on the black background.
    Susan in NC

  4. Laura Tawney says:

    I like the diagonal set on the white background!
    Laura T

  5. Nancy says:

    I really like the straight set in a diagonal. I think it would be very pretty to see this with the colors used as triangles to finish the border of the quilt in the zig zag. I’m new to quilting and have not yet tried anything other than a straight egde border, but I really think this would look terrific! and I’d be willing to give it a try for sure!

  6. Darlene B says:

    I like the black background with the diagonal setting. It’s gorgeous!

  7. sheila says:

    The Diagonal black just really sets off all the wonderful colors used. It just plain pops No doubt that is my favorite.

  8. cabesh says:

    I think I like the straight set on white….but I’d probably like to try the diagonal too. They’re all fantastic.

  9. Helen in the UK says:

    What a great block for using scraps!! I think the straight set with the black background is my favourite – very dramatic :)

  10. Janelle says:

    I love the straight set on the black! It looks fantastic!

  11. Trisha says:

    I love the straight with black. Very cool!!!

  12. Renee from Billings, MT says:

    Wow! what a difference in each, and either color they look like floating blocks. Great idea, plus I am thinking it would work with any color so to make one for the guest bedroom would be great to match the color scheme in there. Thanks for the show and tell.

  13. Holly Elder says:

    I like the black straight setting. It makes my eyes buzz! THanks for the chance…..
    Holly

  14. bingobonnie says:

    ooough I think you saved the best for last – my favorite is the Diagonal set with black background ;)

    Thanks for all the fun chances to win during the celebration of the 100 best blocks! ;)

    Love from Texas! ~bonnie

  15. Loy says:

    I like the straight set on the black background. I reminds me of thousands of city lights sparkling in the darkness. I also like the optical illusion quality where the squares seem to be moving back and forth.

  16. the black with a diagonal set. neat!

  17. Frou says:

    I like the white background straight up, as I’m imagining making this quilt using my copious 1930s stash!

  18. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    The straight set on black is very cool–my fav for sure!

  19. eleanor seltzer says:

    My vote is for the straight set with the black background. The black makes those bright colors really shine.

  20. Sheila Bayley says:

    I like the straight set on black background. Really stands out!

  21. Kerry says:

    I like the straight set with the black background! The black just pronounces those colours beautifully!

  22. I like the diagonal set on the black background!! Very dramatic!

    Sheila

  23. I like the floating of that block! My favorite is the on-point with black background.

  24. Maureen says:

    Wow..the black background on point is a stunning layout!! Nice job!!

  25. Cindy B says:

    Diagonal Set is my favorite. I would like to make this quilt in 30′s prints. The design reminds me of a farm with lots of fields surrounding the house and out buildings, including a hen house!

  26. Jaylene says:

    I like the round about straight set in the white. I love the pattern.

  27. I like the roundabout straight set in white. It has a vintage quilt feeling. Good luck in your decision.

  28. Barbara says:

    I love the black straight set! I really pops!

  29. JoAnne says:

    Wow, Carolyn! I think I like the diagonal set with the white background the best, it is so pretty!

  30. becanne says:

    I love black backgrounds! The straight set has me itching to pull out some bright batik scraps and get stitching!
    Love this idea, can’t wait to check out how the block is constructed.

  31. Susan says:

    I like the straight set white background!

  32. Doris says:

    I like the white straight set…lovely!

  33. rachel says:

    my fav is the roundabout straight set with the white background.
    i’m a sucker for quilts with alot of white in them.
    :)

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  35. Kris S says:

    Definitely the black background – diagonal set. It really pops!

  36. Mary Beth Porch says:

    I love the straight version with the black background. The blocks just kind of jump out at you! Great idea!

  37. quiltgranny says:

    I like the black diagonal setting It is beautiful.

  38. DianeY says:

    I really like it with the black background set staight. I thought I didn’t like a lot of black in quilts, so this was a real revelation to me!

  39. DebbieKL says:

    Funky! I really like the black background. Can’t decide if I like the straight or diagonal one better – maybe straight. Thanks!

  40. Sarah Vee says:

    The white set on point would be great for 30s prints or brights, or batiks, or solids, or anything! It’s my favourite:)

  41. Beth says:

    I like the black background straight set the best. Thanks for the giveaway.

  42. Pokey says:

    The diagonal set with black background looks like stained glass! That’s the one that caught my eye. Thanks!

  43. Sherri says:

    Diagonal set…white background! And what a fun block!

  44. gill says:

    i prefer roundabout straightset on a white background

  45. Michelle says:

    I like the diagonal setting on black. It leaves room for fancy thread play.

  46. Melissa C says:

    I like the straight setting on black.

  47. Jan says:

    I like the diagonal on white however I would prefer it with half squares filling in the large spaces of white.

  48. Lisa says:

    I like the diagonal set on white.

  49. dee says:

    I like the black background, straight set. – Very pretty.

  50. Cecilia Young says:

    I like the diagonal setting on white the best. It would look great in the 30′s fabrics.

  51. Cory says:

    I like the diagonal setting with the black background best. It makes the colors stand out really well. Thank you. Take care and God bless, Cory

  52. Esther says:

    The roundabout straight set with a white background. It’s just so light and airy.

  53. Bev says:

    It’s black and white to me……..I like the black background with blocks set straight. All that color shines!

    Bev

  54. Beth says:

    I prefer the black point on point. It gives the appearane of a stainglass window.

  55. Claudia says:

    I like the black on diagonal set the best.

  56. Anita says:

    I like the white background, but on point. I recognized in the first photo that you used Connecting Threads Mama’s 2 fabric. I like that line…made a tote from one of their kits with that fabric. It’s a lot of work using small squares, even when you use strips to start. Love the look!

  57. Linda says:

    I love the black background set straight. It really makes the blocks pop and gives it the appearance of the blocks floating.

  58. arlette says:

    I love the colors you used, I’d like to make it :) , I adore the white diagonal set

  59. Mary Flynn says:

    The diagonal on black really pops out at me!

  60. Nancy B says:

    I like the white straight set. I almost get dizzy looking at it! LOL!

  61. I like the straight set with the black background best.

  62. Carol Sc says:

    All four are striking, but I like the diagonal set with the black background best — gives me an idea for a quilt I am thinking about making.

  63. Jill Binette says:

    The black really makes those pastels (which personally, I find rather boring otherwise) POP! The white is sweet but the black is so dramatic.

  64. dianne says:

    diagonal set with black background – with lottsa brights!

  65. I love the last one – the diagonal set on black. Black as a background is always dramatic.

  66. Joanne Klein says:

    I like the black background set on point…the colors glow!

  67. Jane says:

    Oh my gosh do I love the straight set and I have a LOT of 1930′s fabrics!!

  68. Pauline says:

    I love the diagonal set with the black background–striking!

  69. Katie B says:

    I love the straight set with the white background. Very cool.

  70. Norma says:

    I’m really liking the white one set on point

  71. Lynn S. says:

    I like the roundabout straight set–first one shown!

  72. Aggie says:

    the black one in the straight set is very striking – would be ineresting to see that one made up.

  73. nanci says:

    I love the black. It’s a popper colour

  74. Lisa England says:

    The straight set on the black background is my favorite. The blocks seem to dance.

  75. fleurette says:

    for me, its the diagonal on black background.
    cheers

  76. Jill M in OH says:

    Oh, I love the straight set with the black background. It’s very sharp!!!

  77. Sue Bone says:

    I prefer the black on point.

  78. Sonja says:

    I agree, the black background straight wet is my favorite. Love the visual.

  79. lisa says:

    I am a light and airy person, my apartment is already too dark for my tastes so I’m more drawn to the white blackground on a diaginal. because anything turned 45 degrees is funky and fun

  80. Wyo Di says:

    I perfer the black background, either setting. Thanks for this promotion!

  81. Vickie E says:

    I like the round about straight set in black back ground.

  82. Janet says:

    I like the black background straight set. The colours really pop.

  83. Shayla Sharp says:

    While each gives a distinctive look, my favorite is the Roundabout on a black background set straight–it not only pops that color out, but reminds me of those images where first you see the one picture and then you see the other. Very fun!

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