Hello, and welcome to my little segment of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 14 Blog Tour. I'm so happy you stopped by. It's the last day of the tour. I hope you've been visiting the designers all week long. It's so much fun to see what other people are making and hear about the inspiration behind their blocks.
My block for this issue is "Twirly Dot". It's block #1354. The pattern for my block appears on page 38 in the Mixed Technique section of the magazine. Twirly Dot is such a fun block to sew. The piecing part of the block is quick and easy. The color placement of the dots allows you to utilize your artsy style, plus it's a fabby block for digging into your scrap basket.
Do you have one of these in your sewing room? Likely. Do you have three kittens in your sewing room? Probably not! What do you do with your scraps? Do you immediately cut and sort them for "future projects"? Do you let them accumulate until they completely take over your sewing area? Do you simply ~gasp!~ throw them away? While the Twirly Dot block may not use up all of your scraps, it can make a dent in your basket. Here are a few examples of different color combinations to play with:
The Lighter Side
If you don't care for the black background, consider using gray for the background fabric and white for the strips.
Surf and Sand
For a beachy look, use white for the background, sand for the strips, and various blues for the dots.
Maybe your stash has a lot of one color in it. I seem to have more blue than anything else. You could sew a Twirly Dot block with a black background and blues (or whatever color you have handy) for the strips and the dots.
Another option would be to sew the black and grey pieced blocks, and then randomly cut and place different color dots from your stash for a scrappy look. Fun!
And now...for the giveaway. I know you need a copy of Volume 14 for your collection. Just look at all the colorful eye candy on the cover! It makes me smile like sunshine through the Autumn leaves!
I hope I've inspired you with some fun color possibilities for the Twirly Dot block. What is your favorite color combination? Leave a comment below, and you'll be in the running for your very own copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 14. I'll randomly choose a winner for the issue. To return to Quilmaker's blog, click here: Quilty Pleasures Blog. Good luck and thanks for stopping by.
Have a colorful day,
Jennifer S. Thomas