When the editors here at Quiltmaker first mentioned I would have the opportunity to create a quilt block design for Quitmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 9 I got pretty excited and spent quite a bit of time reviewing the wide variety of designs from previous volumes, considering this is vol. 9 there are A LOT of block designs to look back on.
I am still quite new to the quilting industry yet consider myself pretty crafty in many other art forms and knew I would figure something out. However after looking at the designs from previous volumes, from traditional to modern styles and let alone the many techniques and methods of constructing a quilt block, my mind couldn’t help but come to a halt.
After stepping away from all of the research I had done, I came up with a few main design goals for the end product:
- Simple Shapes that would be efficient to reproduce considering I would at some point make more than one of this block.
- Variety in color and or value to help create depth in the design.
- Diverse placement options of design elements.
I enjoy organic shapes and movement in a composition, and decided to use a nature themed design element, therefore I chose to create a leaf. I found that ferns and tropical plants tend to have leaf structure with the most movement. They are also larger, which meant it could take up a large area of the finished 12 inch block, creating volume in the composition.
I did a few sketches of leaf shapes, varying the width and length of each shape to make a simple and natural looking design. I used a well lit window to trace the leaf shapes in reverse. This helped to help keep shapes consistent in my rough sketch.
After simplifying the design to use only a few different shaped leaves, repeated throughout I chose a variety of green fabrics from P&B Textiles ranging from darker blue-green to brighter yellow-green to create value in the finished layout.
Placing the leaf onto a warm yellow background complimented the different green values used throughout the design. It worked especially well with the grass green satin stitched stem, highlighting the movement of the complete leaf.
I am most pleased with the diversity of this blocks design. Even though there are quite a few pieces to one leaf, they are easy to prep, reproduce and resize. Whether using the original block repeated in a quilt top or rescaling the leaf and playing with placement, Getting Frondly would make a wonderful table runner or decorative wall hanging. Not to mention it’s a great scrap busting project, the more diversity in the leaves the better!