Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Shaded Four Patch - Alternate Block Arrangements
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As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I realized that I have enough of these green and blue shaded four patch blocks to make another baby quilt, so I had fun playing around with different possible arrangements of the blocks. Since this block is basically just a slightly more complicated version of a half-square triangle a lot of these variations may already be familiar to you but I think it's fun to see them in a different block! I'm probably not going to actually assemble this quilt for a while but I'd love to get your thoughts on which arrangement you prefer. The simplest is to have them all oriented in the same direction as shown above - does this have an official name?
This is how they look in a pinwheel arrangement - the pinwheels don't stand out as much with the squares in there, I think it is actually reminiscent of an hourglass block.
This arrangement was called Sunshine and Shadows in my Threads of Time book that I mentioned yesterday, but I have seen lots of other things called sunshine and shadows too. I think if I did this I would arrange it so the diamonds created were each either blue or green and then the squares would be half and half like they are now.
Zig zag... I like how the actual zig zags look but I don't really love the brick shape rectangles that are created in this pattern. Maybe this is a sign that I really should make a half-square triangle zigzag quilt at some point.
The last two are variations on the barn raising arrangement. Above it is shown in a square arrangement, with the blocks on point.
This is the same arrangement but in the more standard diagonal variation. I also played around a bit with how to combine the blue and green blocks in different ways... in the version above I have all the squares in one white diamond band the same color, I also tried it out alternating them which was more similar to what I had done in the first quilt with these blocks, I think both look nice.
So what do you think? Which arrangement do you prefer? They all feel pretty traditional to me so I might lean towards the first just to keep in simple... but I guess it depends who I end up making it for.