The block didn’t just sit there; it got submitted to Sunshine Block Lotto and returned to me when I won 15 blocks. Since it didn’t play well with the other 14, I got the left over fabrics out to see what they could become.
I didn’t have as much as I had remembered, only enough to make four blocks. If I had measured correctly I could have made more. My 16-patch blocks are usually made from 4-inch pieces; I don’t know why. So, flying on automatic, I cut for 4-inch HSTs. Once they were assembled I realized my mistake; the original block had been 12 x12. There went my plans for layout–neither am I that friendly with my seam ripper nor did I want to waste that much fabric–no way was I resizing the four blocks.
I have enough fabric to make one more 12 x 12 (if I piece the dot) or 2-3 8 x 8. I lean to the latter, but nothing is cut yet. I have been playing with layout.
But Plan A had been to split the quilt into light and dark, not repeat the mix. So next I tried something closer to Plan A:
Yes, one of the segments is upside down–can you pretend it is right? What I like about this one is that it is less symmetrical and in two places the original classic form of the block shows, the ones with a single background. And it has lots of negative space, a nice modern feature. Not being sold on this layout, I kept playing.
This one is growing on me, but I am not committed to it yet. Questions for you:
Does this seem a modern quit design to you?
Would you make one 12 x 12 block or make 2-3 blocks that are 8 x 8? And if so, where would you put them?
For background would you use all lavender or all darker purple or mix with lavender on the light half and the darker purple on the dark half? Or something else?
Do you have another layout to suggest?