Spicy Flower Block

Spicy Flower Block {2023 Kona Food Quilt}

Because life happens, a few of us who made blocks for the #2023KonaFoodQuilt were asked to make a second block for those who were unable to meet the block submission deadline. For a quick refresher, you can check out my original Sunset Block. I was more than happy to help out, and for my second block, I was asked to make a block that featured Kona Paprika and at least one other color in the palette.

12 Robert Kaufman Fabrics Kona Cotton quilting cotton fabric swatches in Blueberry, Peach, Flame, Paprika, Pepper, Caramel, Gumdrop, Wasabi, Pesto, Oyster, Water, and Bellini

#2023FoodQuilt Color Palette

Looking at the palette, I was really drawn to thinking about using the other “spices” in the palette: pepper and wasabi. Yes, I know that using the term spice to group paprika, pepper, and wasabi is generous, but I was happy to have a place to start.

Spicy Flower Block - Design Evolution

Spicy Flower Block – Design Evolution

Armed with a color palette, I started doodling ideas in Inkscape. Above you can see my design evolution. After the the 3rd block design, I knew I had a plan.

Spicy Flower Block

Spicy Flower Block

I pulled the correct Kona cotton colors from my stash, and then I looked through my prints to see if I had any prints that I could substitute. I love the old Alison Glass Mercury print that was a perfect wasabi substitution, and I had only a little bit of Speckled that worked as a paprika replacement for the corners of the block. After the long slog of finishing up Cloudy Night Sky, it was a treat to spend a quick afternoon in the studio making something to give back to the community.

Spicy Flower Block

Spicy Flower Block

I can’t wait to see how this year’s #2023FoodQuilt comes together. Many thanks to Meaghan @so_gingerly for her hard work and organizational efforts; this year, the funds raised from the raffle quilt will go to support the Maui Food Bank. I’ll share details about the raffle when it’s ready a little bit later this year!

6 thoughts on “Spicy Flower Block {2023 Kona Food Quilt}

  1. Cindy Pieters says:

    I liked seeing the evolution of your spice block.

  2. aquilterstable says:

    Love the block you designed and yay for the relaxing fun of making it after your big project!

  3. Really pretty block! I love that Alison Glass Mercury print too, have a good chunk of it in my stash.

  4. Cynthia M Holten says:

    Your Spicy Flower Block design is gorgeous! And the fabrics you chose were spot on. As always, your precision designs are amazing!

  5. That is a fun block and I love the wasabi in the center! It strike me that your curve blocks act almost like flying geese on the outer edges of the block.

  6. Kate says:

    Such a fun block! You did a great job choosing the fabrics, love that yellow in the middle.

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