Arcadia Avenue - Northern Lights (block 3) March 02 2015, 0 Comments

Welcome to post 5 of the Arcadia Avenue QAL! Today we are sharing our Northern Lights blocks! This block has a fun square-in-square piece that is perfect for some fussy cutting. It has been pretty snowy here, so taking photos was a chilly affair!

Block 3 - Northern Lights

Shayla's Block:

Block 3 - Northern Lights

For block 3, I mixed up the color placement quite a bit! I placed the my accent color, coral, in place of the white, the medium grey around my fussy-cut chicks and my 12 low volume fabrics as the colors. I also added an extra fabric in this time: a white tone-on-tone to make the center star. I really like how blocks 2 and 3 only have a tiny bit of color in them... I may have to remake block 1! 

Block 3 - Northern Lights

Kristy's Block:

Block 3 - Northern Lights

For my Northern Lights, I picked 12 different scrappy teals, purples and blues and one pink for my accent. I left the colors in their original coordinating spots and love how the light star outlines the black and pink in the center of the block!

Shared Block:

Block 3 - Northern Lights

Going in color order - coral was next up, so block three, Northern Lights, was made with 12 scrappy corals. We switched the medium and dark locations which creates a bright layered star in the center!

      Here are a few different design options for block 3.

      Block 3 - Northern Lights

      1. Changing Values - Try moving the light, medium and dark fabric locations for a completely different look. 
      2. Bursting Star - Use yellows and oranges to create the look of a bursting star.
      3. Light Backgrounds - Remove the dark and medium colors and replace them with another light fabric to create a soft block.
      4. Optical Illusion - Make all the A and B foundations opposites with only two different contrasting colors to create an interesting illusion! 

      And last but not least, we picked another winner for a small little prize! We chose Wendy Kirk for sharing this photo of her Fly Away block in our Flickr group.

      Block 1 - Fly Away - front

      Now your turn! We want to see how your blocks turn out! 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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