My colors for the AMQ quilt blocks are Eggplant and Mustard. I was so excited about contributing to this project that I went this afternoon to the fabric store to get some additional fabrics for the Eggplant palette and I already had plenty for my mustard block. Below are the Eggplant and Mustard palettes I put together to use for my blocks.
I actually don't make alot of quilts using quilt blocks, so this was a new experience for me. BUT, I had so much fun doing the Rolling Dice block that I think I'm going to make a whole quilt of them in the next few months!
For these blocks, I first fussy cut the image I wanted to be the focus of each block: 1) a bird from the Echino fabric by Etsuko Furuya, to place at the center of the eggplant block, and 2) a flower from Patty Young's Flora and Fauna collection in Mustard, to place at the center of the mustard block. I then pieced strips to each side, repeating this process until I had a final quilt block of 12.5in x 12.5in. The blocks are shown below. I've included a tutorial for how to make the rolling dice block as well!
|Mustard Block in Flora and Fauna - I fussy cut the first two fabrics |
to make it look like the hummingbird was landing on the flower.
|Eggplant Block in Eschino, High Society, and some Batiks|
Rolling Dice Block Tutorial
Here's how to get the rolling dice look for your blocks:
|STEP 1: Cut your focus fabric square for the center 4.5" x 4.5".|
|STEP 3: Press seams open and square up your block on both sides.|
Repeat this same basic process for the other two sides of the block.
|STEP 4: Lay your block on your cutting mat, squaring it up with|
the gridlines on the mat. Place your square ruler on the block,
tilting it as far as possible to the LEFT while keeping the ruler on the block.
|FINAL BLOCK: Your final block will look someting like this.|
I can't wait to show these to the AMQ group at the next meeting!