So glad to see you on Day 4 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 4 blog tour. If you dropped in on Monday and followed the link to Sonja Callaghan’s blog at Artisania, you got a sneak peek at my Re-leaf block. (If you haven’t checked out Sonja’s Lil’ Monkey block and her fun site yet, do it now! I’ll wait for you here.)
My blocks in Volumes 2 and 3 were Ice Crystal and Sunblock:
I could see a seasonal series forming and asked followers in last spring’s Volume 3 blog tour for new block ideas. So many great suggestions! I decided to capture the rich, warm colors of Autumn with a leaf block.
I designed the leaf in EQ. Then I mimicked Mother Nature playing with the colors. To sew up this foundation-pieced block, I chose gradated fabrics in the Shades by Kinkame line from Clothworks. This gave me a variety of yellows and oranges in just a few fabrics. Here is my first attempt:
Hmm…Mother Nature has obviously had more practice at this. I thought the leaf needed more orange and I wanted to see more blending. The green stem didn’t work for me either.
Since the color in the gradated fabrics already blend well, re-making it was easy and the re-sults were exactly what I was looking for. I was “re-leafed”.
If you want to make Re-leaf without gradated fabrics, gather a variety of fabrics like I’ve done below with my batiks–arranging them from bright yellow-oranges to deep red-oranges. As you are piecing, blend the colors by choosing fabrics a shade lighter or darker than the previous patch.
I just can’t think of a better way to spend a cool Autumn day than piecing a quilt top full of vibrant color. How about you?
Leave a comment telling me what you enjoy best about Fall by 12 noon MST on Friday, 11/11 for another chance to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 4.
Congratulations LJ! Your comment was randomly picked to win a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 4. And because I was a little late posting a winner, I’ve drawn a second comment. Congratulations to Beth Patrick, who will also receive a copy of the magazine.