Arcadia Avenue - Fly Away (block 1)

Welcome to post 3 of the Arcadia Avenue QAL - where the fun really begins! We have a lot in this post, so keep scrolling! First up, we are dying to share our first blocks with you!

Shayla's Block:

Shay's Fly Away Block

As you know, a low volume quilt is pretty far outside of my comfort zone, but I absolutely love how this block turned out! I used 12 different low volume fabrics for the colors, 12 different pinks as the darks and a medium grey thumbprint tone-on-tone for the light. My low volume prints varied quite a bit and a few of them lend themselves to fussy cutting! I am pretty excited to get started on block two!

Fussy Cut detail of Shay's block

Kristy's Blocks:

Mom's Fly Away Blocks

I wanted to make my quilt completely from my stash- so I pretty much stayed within my comfort zone! Instead of 12 different colors, I have pulled a bunch of yummy teal, blue, purple and a few green batiks from my scrap bins to keep this version super scrappy! My dark is one fabric, a navy batik, that has a hint of green and my light is an off white batik with a faint leaf print. I wanted a pop of color, so I chose hot pink as my medium - and I have about 12 of them to keep that scrappy too! The pink is a little outside my usual go-to color palette so we shall see how much of it shows up in my blocks. =]  

Mom's Fly Away Close-up

All that being said, I ended up making block one twice. My first attempt had way too much pink (although it has grown on me a little...). I used the pink in place of the dark and just couldn't live with it, so in my second attempt I place the light and dark as it is in the pattern, I then had my colors going around the hexagon instead of straight down. I added just a tiny bit of pink putting it in section 7 to make a ring of pink near the center of the block. I'm not positive I'm 100% sold on my fabric placement choices for this block, but I'm also not sure I can make myself sew it again...We'll see how ambitious I am as the quilt progresses! Which block do you like better?

Shared Block:

Pink Fly Away Block

We liked the idea of each of the 12 blocks having it's own focus color, so we just couldn't resist making another quilt! Here is our Fly Away block made up with pink as the focus color. It is kind of fun to compare it to Shayla's block. Same pink fabrics, just a different use - one as the main focus and one as an accent! Next block's color will be red.

Before you get sewing, we have a few tips!

    1. Check out our tutorial for some pointers on getting a perfect (and flat) center.
    2. Don't layer your foundations on top of one another when you are ironing! Sometimes ink will transfer to the fabric below the paper. 

We also couldn't resist trying out a few alternate colorings on this block! It lends itself to some fun and different design options.

Block 1 Alternate Colorings

    1. Snailing Around - Try snailing the colors around the block and using 2 darks fabrics for the light and dark positions. 
    2. Flower Power - Create a flower (or sun) by placing fabrics to gradate from dark to light and using the same fabric for 3 pieces in a row.
    3. Value Reverse - Try reversing the values by placing the colors in the background and the light/dark fabrics in the flying geese.
    4. Optical Illusion - Create a trippy block with two contrasting fabrics by making all the A and B foundations opposites.

There are a few overachievers (it is a term of endearment! =] ) that have already made or are pretty far into their Fly Away blocks. They are looking good ladies!

And last but not least, we picked another winner for a small little prize! We chose Samantha Rosin for sharing this photo of her little one with her swatch sheet:

Now your turn! We want to see how your blocks turn out! If you have a blog please link up with us using the link-up tool below any time before the next post on 2/16/15. If you don't, we have started a Flickr group so you can add your photos there! We will pick another winner for a small giveaway from everyone who participates. This is one of the tougher blocks, so don't give up after this one!

First time here, no problem! Join in the fun. Read up on the previous posts here and begin when it works for you! Be sure to use the #ArcadiaAvenueQAL hashtag on Instagram and Twitter too! Thanks for stopping by!



Dana said:

I love all the inspiration here!! And those alternate colorings are going to make me want to make this quilt twice, once with the fabric I am doing now and then another with something completely different. I’m making this quilt with my mom and cousin (we’re each making our own) and we are sewing this block and hopefully starting the second at the end of the month but I’m itching to start after seeing all these beautiful finished blocks :)

Samantha Rosin

Samantha Rosin said:

Yay! My baby is famous now!

I’m also inspired to make a second quilt now with the black and white!

Love the low volume block!!


sandee said:

Where do I find the pattern the link is not highlighted yet it seems others have found it can you tell me please do I have to buy the pattern first??


Rochelle said:

After reading this post, I wished there were small plain diagrams that could be used as coloring pages so I could experiment with colors without making a complete block and being disappointed. Perhaps in your next edition of the book??


Suzi said:

I second the request for coloring charts!


Mary said:

Where can I purchase patt for Fly away 1?


QuiltShopGal said:

Wow. Absolutely stunning. Total #CreativeGoodness and inspiration. I so want to make this.


Diane Duncan

Diane Duncan said:

Are we able to purchase the pattern for this block by itself maybe in pdf (for those of us who live in other contries, thanks :)

Angela Webb

Angela Webb said:

How can I get the book and paper pieces to make this fantastic quilt ?

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