Wednesday, 4 October 2017

September Block Round up

Last month’s bee blocks were both nice and easy. For Bee Inspired Jen from A Dream and a Stitch chose a Le Moyne star. She asked us to use tertiary complementary colours. I know what tertiary colours are but complementary had me stumped so it was off to find a few colour theory tutorials. It turns out that complementary colours are those opposite each other on the colour wheel (there are very good colour theory tutorials here). It makes for a very vibrant colour scheme (that’s what the colour theory tutorial said, I believe them J ) so Jen should have a stunning quilt. The tutorial for the block is here.

Late addition - I have just come across the very excellent Color for Quilters series by Shannon Brinkley. Well worth reading.

The violet fabric is an old one by Perth designer Jan Mullen. She’s still around making quirky, wonky, artistic and, slightly hilarious (the one with the men’s undies) quilts and selling her Stargazey Quilt patterns on-line. Her original very bright colour palette has been replaced with the more muted colours of current trends. All this is to say that I was a big fan of her style back in the day. Obviously, then, I’ve had the fabric in my stash for a mighty long time and this block seemed the perfect occasion to bring it out. 

In Stash Bee, Alicia (@qvilt) designed a tile block for us to make up in shades of blue. She’s had some blocks arrive and the quilt is starting to take shape on the design wall (see the photo here). If you’re looking for a tile block this could be it. It’s simple to put together and very effective. Here’s the tutorial.

I am plodding my way through quilting my Modern Waves quilt, so nothing photogenic to report from my sewing room this month. Except maybe this.

This is the fabric I pulled for Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl’s Wayward Transparency quilt along. My thought was the density of the dot print would be the ‘darker’ overlay section, as in if I overlay the open daisy pattern over itself without matching I would get a denser pattern right?

In conjunction with the start of the quilt along she’s been writing lots of posts about fabric selection. When it came to her post on Evaluating Fabric Contrast she suggested turning our photos into black and white images to check. That gave me this

Now I’m doubting my artistic design choices, but I love the fabric combination and I couldn’t come up with anything I liked better so I’m running with it. It could be worth experimenting with and I don’t think I’ll hate it even if it doesn’t work.

That’s it for now. I guess the weather is turning in your neck of the woods. Spring and Autumn are my favourite seasons. I hope you’re enjoying yours.



  1. Your fabrics are so pretty and your points are so neat. I am jealous :-D
    Visiting from Let's Bee Social.

  2. Very cool information. Cool fabrics and blocks! Enjoy your day!!

  3. These are beautiful blocks and I'm sure the queens will love them :) Thanks for sharing those sites on color theory. Lots of great information there. I love your idea for Yvonne's quilt along, playing with fabric print density. I can't wait to see how it turns out. I think it will work just fine.

  4. I look forward to seeing how your fabrics come together. Part of quilting is experimentation. :)

  5. Oh my. Reading your post made me realize that I completely missed the word "complimentary" in the instructions from Jen. I don't think the colors I chose were complimentary! :(

  6. I love your attitude! I hope the transparency works out the way you like. Both bee blocks are awesome! Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss.

  7. Even in black and white, you have contrast. If you like it, trust it. Your blocks show great color sense, and are beautful.

  8. Thank you for visiting my blog. I enjoyed reading's so interesting to study how color affects pattern in quilts. Taking a photo and viewing it in gray scale is a great trick to see contrast.

  9. First gotta say, love the Half-Hearted mini I saw in your previous post when I clicked on 'Comments'. I know Jan Mullen's work - fun! Another person doing pinks for Yvonne, yay. I found the amounts required dictated most of my choices, as I was shopping my stash.

  10. I really like the tile block...I need to try that one! Anxious to see your Transparency quilt when you finish it. Fall is my favorite too!

    1. And thank you for introducing me to Jan Mullen...what a delight!

  11. Very fun blocks for your stash bees. I like your selection for the Transparency quilt.