Tuesday, December 6, 2016

6" Sampler Blocks: Not-Quite-Peaceful Hours

6" Sampler Block, Not-Quite-Peaceful Hours
Good morning, and Happy Tuesday!  My schedule is nutso these days, but I managed to finish this little sampler block last night that I'd been working on in odd 15-minute increments over the past week.  I'm calling this block Not-Quite-Peaceful Hours because I mistook it for the Farmer's Wife Peaceful Hours block when I was looking for that block in the EQ7 block library so I could preview fabric combinations. 

EQ7 Block Mockup
This is one of my favorite ways to use the EQ7 software, for virtual auditions of color, pattern and value before cutting into my real fabric.  Although you CAN scan and import all of your actual fabric into EQ7 for this purpose, I usually just find something similar that's already in the fabric stash library, as I did in the mockup above.

Peaceful and Not-Quite-Peaceful, Side by Side
As you can see, the blocks are very similar, but I think they are different enough that they can both go in the same sampler quilt.  I won't be setting them side by side in the final quilt layout.  The version on the right was a lot easier to piece because there were no angled/inset seams like there are in the Peaceful Hours block on the left.

I like the contrast in my Not-Quite-Peaceful block.  I also like that I combined fabrics that "don't go together": a Kaffe Fassett print in the center, the blue batik, solid white, and the thirties reproduction print with the off-white background that I used on the corners. 

That's all for today.  Busy, busy, busy...  I'm linking up with:

·       Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times www.patchworktimes.com

·       Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts http://www.cookingupquilts.com/

·       Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt http://lovelaughquilt.blogspot.com/

·       WIPs on Wednesday at Esther's Quilt Blog: http://estheraliu.blogspot.com

·       Moving it Forward at Em’s Scrap Bag: http://emsscrapbag.blogspot.com.au/