100 Blocks Volume 3: Zippity Zinnia

QM DUDLEY1 100 Blocks Volume 3: Zippity Zinnia

“Zippity Zinnia, zippity-ay . . . ” doesn’t the name of my block just make you want to sing?

I was still playing with cutting designs from folded paper (see my block Snowman Farm from 100 Blocks Volume 2). Only this time I wanted to create a secondary design in the corners when blocks are pieced next to each other. The black and white triangles sitting opposite from each other got me started towards my goal. The squares in the block corners make four-patches when they meet. I wanted the four-patches to each have four colors and thought about how to do that for a scrappy look.

june blk3 fourpatch 100 Blocks Volume 3: Zippity Zinnia

I decided to keep the four corner squares in one block the same fabric as the background with the intention of changing the background fabric in each block. All of the greens are randomly assorted. Here’s what four blocks together look like. You’ll see that I extended that secondary design into a pieced border.

june blk3 setting 100 Blocks Volume 3: Zippity Zinnia

As you look through the blocks in the issue, remember this trick about coloring opposite corners to create secondary designs!

Now I just need to make this quilt in time to hang in the 1o0 Blocks Volume 3 gallery exhibit at our office this summer. If you’re near Golden, CO during regular business hours from July-September, 2011, stop by to see the gallery quilts photographed in the magazine, plus more! If you’re near Golden, CO from now until the end of June stop by to see the Sightlines exhibit from the Studio Art Quilt Associates.

Sneak Peek of a product review coming in July/Aug ’11: At Quiltmaker  we recently discovered Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors. This pair of 4″ micro-serrated scissors will cut all the way to the tips of the blades without fraying the fabric. They’re great for cutting fusible applique designs with lots of turns and corners (like this zinnia).

scissors 100 Blocks Volume 3: Zippity Zinnia

Giveaway: So, are you still singing “Zippity Zinnia, Zippity-ay . . . ” with me? Tell me in a comment by midnight Mountain time on Friday May 6: what song always sticks in your head? I’ll pick a winner who will receive a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 3 AND this pair of scissors. QuiltSue (Comment #18) is the lucky winner! Congratulations.

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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