Monday, July 18, 2016

Design Wall Monday: Vintage Block QAL #2, "Night and Day" by Alice Brooks

This post will be a quickie so I can get back to work.  I pieced together Block 2 in Charise Creates' Vintage Quilt Block Quilt Along, "Night and Day" by Alice Brooks. 

6" Night and Day Block
The patterns on Charise's site are all for 12" finished blocks, but I'm making 6" versions so I can mix them in with my Farmer's Wife and Farmer's Wife 1930s sampler blocks.  "Night and Day" was a good skill builder due to the Y seams and curved seams.  These curved seams were easy compared to the ones I've sewn previously for the Rose Dream block and for the Drunkard's Path blocks in Lars's quilt, because it's a very slight curve.  The Y-seams get a little easier every time. 

Redrafting the block from an enlarged photo and then adding curved seam allowances was tricky, and I wouldn't recommend doing it that way if you were going to make an entire quilt using this block as it's probably not 100% symmetrical and seams joining adjacent blocks might not match up perfectly.  In retrospect, I should have just drafted one quarter segment of the block and then repeated those templates for the other three quadrants; then the resulting block would be perfectly symmetrical. But I think this came out just fine for the purposes of a sampler project.

Here are my completed 6" blocks thus far:

Completed 6" Sampler Blocks
So, what do you think -- are my blocks starting to look like they "go together" better now that there are more of them?  I'm not terribly worried about it.  I'm just enjoying each block as a separate mini project.  Next time I get a chance to sew, I should probably piece another pineapple log cabin block or two.  I just received a fabric order of goodies from The Fat Quarter Shop with more solid and print blues and greens to renew my sewjo-mojo on that project.  I'm linking up with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times, Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilts, Oh Scrap! at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework, and Moving It Forward at Em's Scrap Bag. 


Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I think your blocks look great! Thanks for sharing them with Oh Scrap!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

What a yummy scrappy mix of colour! I love these little blocks!

Charise said...

It is such a lovely block. I loved that you made the seams curved. I love curved seams!

Janice Holton said...

If you put them into a sampler because it's a sample of bunches of different blocks then they automatically "go together" because it's a design decision the sample maker made. I dare anybody to argue with that. Hee! Hee! I think they look wonderful and it's fun hearing about your processes in putting them together.

Bonnie said...

That is a great block. You did really well on it.