Arcadia Avenue - Peacock Feathers (block 2) February 16 2015, 2 Comments

Happy Presidents Day and welcome to post 4 of the Arcadia Avenue QAL - where we share our Peacock Feathers blocks! We named this block Peacock Feathers because when you sew two wedges together, they resemble a close up of those pretty feathers! 

Shayla's Block:

Shay's Peacock Feathers Block

For block 2, my accent color is red so I used 12 different red prints in place of the medium, 12 new low volume fabrics for the colors and a medium gray for the light. I love how this block turned out. I love the little bit red compared to the larger amount of pink in my first block. It is a nice subtle pop of color. I had some fun fussy cutting again! If you look close, you can see mustaches, hearts, mushrooms, foxes and little houses =]

Shay's Peacock Feathers Block - close up

Kristy's Block:

Kristy's Peacock Feathers Block

For my Peacock Feathers, I picked 12 different scrappy teals, purples and blues and one pink for my accent. I left the light in it's original spot and swapped the medium and dark so that the stars formed in the center are black! I really love how this one turned out!

Shared Block:

Red Peacock Feathers Block

Going in color order - red was next up, so block two, Peacock Feathers, was made with 12 scrappy reds. We switched the medium to light (solid white), which really made the stars in the center pop! The light was replaced with dark and the dark became medium for a little different look!

Before you get sewing, we have one little correction.

    • On Foundation B, the line between 3 (light) and 5 (color) should continue all the way to the seam allowance. Sorry about that! The newest books have this fixed.

      And you know me, so here are a few different design options for block 2.

      Block 2 Alternate Colorings

      1. Value Reverse - Try placing the dark where the colors are located and putting the colors in the medium and dark locations for a completely different look. 
      2. Peacock Colors - Use green, teal, blue and purple fabrics to make your block look even more like peacock feathers.
      3. Light Background - Much like mockup 1, but with two coordinating light fabrics in the background and pops of color as the medium and dark.
      4. Optical Illusion - Create a trippy block with two contrasting fabrics by making all the A and B foundations opposites. (I may need to make a B&W quilt =] )

      And last but not least, we picked another winner for a small little prize! We chose Terry Maimone for sharing her story on her blog with some great photos. We are incredibly sorry for your loss Terry.

      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 3/2/15. 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.

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