Getting Frondly

Getting Frondly

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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.

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Inspiration: simple tropical plants

After stepping away from all of the research I had done, I came up with a few main design goals for the end product:

  1. Simple Shapes that would be efficient to reproduce considering I would at some point make more than one of this block.
  2. Variety in color and or value to help create depth in the design.
  3. Diverse placement options of design elements.
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My version of simplified leaves from a tropical plant.

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.

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Simple leaf shapes.

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.

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Leafs repeated to create movement up the stem.

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Various blue-green and yellow-green fabrics from P&B Textiles.

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.

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Stitching practice around the leaf edges and stem.

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.

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The finished block.

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!


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2 Responses to Getting Frondly

  1. Claudia says:

    I was waiting to read that you had used an Accu-Cut to cut all the leaves. This is one of my favorite blocks in this “100 Blocks”, and I can visualize it wandering around a quilt top–either as the main focus, or as a lovely border.

  2. kaholly says:

    It’s just beautiful!! I’m totally in love with it.

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