Arcadia Avenue - Constellation (block 7)
We are a day late but not a dollar short today! I hope everyone enjoyed their long holiday weekend. We sure did! Caught up on some things around the house, did a little sewing and cooked lots of summery food.
Constellation is the 7th block of our Arcadia Avenue Quilt Along and that means we are over the half-way hump! For some reason this block reminds me of all the tech and shape in the Tron movie. And I am talking the 1982 version! But my Mom suggested it looks like a constellation and thought that would be a more relatable name! She is probably right. Now, let's get to the fun stuff... our blocks!
Following our color wheel round and round made this week's color lime. When digging through fabric for this block, I noticed there are two very different colors of lime: a yellow-green and a bright green. I used both in my block and further into the post, my Mom only used the bright greens. In this block I placed 12 different low-volume fabrics where the colors were, my grey tone-on-tone where the dark was and my greens in between the low volumes. The center on this one took some thought (what is it with me and centers?). I chose a lighter lime and an adorable alligator print for the centers and alternated them around the hexagon. I am pretty happy with how it turned out!
Block 7 was perfect to just use a tiny bit of pink! I found 12 different teal and blue batiks for the colors. I used more light fabric in this block, putting it in the outside and inside positions. I made the center all dark and surrounded it with light.
Lime is one my favorite colors - so this one was easy! I used 12 different lime fabrics, swapped the medium and light fabrics and left the dark in it's place. My limes are much greener than Shay's, but I love how bright and fun the block is.
Block 7 Design Options:
- Lighten It Up - Adding the lightest fabric to the outside of the block will make the block appear to be floating.
- Blooming Flower - Use warm tones and gradate the colors outward to make a flower or a bursting star.
- Changing Values - Move the colors to the back and put the medium and dark fabrics as the focus to create a very different look.
- Optical Illusion - Make all the A and B foundations opposites with only two different contrasting colors to create an interesting illusion!
And it wouldn't be a QAL without a little giveaway! This week we chose Jeri Fontenot Duncan for sharing this photo of her Peacock Feathers block on Instagram.
Now your turn! We want to see how your blocks turn out! We have a Flickr group so you can add your photos there! We will pick one winner with each post for a small giveaway from everyone who participates.
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