Welcome! I have been anticipating my stop on Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour and I am so glad you here today. If you are new to my blog, my name is Yvonne and you can read a little bit about me here.
I am so honored that my block, Four Way Block, is included in this issue of 100 Blocks along with so many other designers I admire.
I like to create block designs that interact to create secondary patterns, and a traditional block grid layout shows how the “ears” of the flying geese come together to create a star or economy block pattern.
Removing some of the blocks from the layout and filling in the space with more background fabric creates a more modern layout option while still retaining some of the fun block interaction and secondary design attributes.
One of the features that gets lost a little in a three color way design is the arrow shape within the center of the block. I named the block “Four Way” after these four arrows and the cardinal directions (North, South, East, and West).
The cardinal directions are often associated with colors, which vary from culture to culture and region of the world. The colors associated with North, South, East, and West typically are typically natural colors instead of primary colors (reference: Cardinal Direction via Wikipedia).
With the block recolored to mimic the Cardinal directions, a traditional layout becomes perfect for a scrappy quilt.
But by re-imagining the block color placement even more, a very modern take on Cardinal Directions can be made using negative space and selective color placement.
Prize 1: The editors at Quiltmaker are sponsoring a giveaway for a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 15 and they will mail the magazine directly to you anywhere worldwide.
Prize 2: I also have a copy of 100 Blocks Vol. 15 plus a printed version of Bundle Buster, my most recent printed pattern that is fat quarter friendly. This giveaway is open to everyone (international included) and will be shipped by me.
The giveaway will run through Friday, May 5th and close at Midnight Eastern. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win.
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I hope you have enjoyed the 100 Blocks blog tour this week at Quiltmaker’s blog, Quilty Pleasures . To see all of the creative and original blocks in this issue, 100 Blocks Vol. 15 is available on the newsstands now or you can order 100 blocks from Quiltmaker to see other great blocks included in this issue.