F2F: September blocks

Sometimes you make something and just know that what you made is good, that it works. That’s what happened to me when I made Sue’s blocks. Her colour scheme was white, black and a bright colour of our choice. These blocks were a joy to create, they made me happy, they put a smile on my face when I looked at them. They belong together. I love them so much that my boyfriend asked me several times whether I wouldn’t regret mailing them off to someone I never even met in person. I do somewhat.

Next to eachother on my design wall.

Next to eachother on my design wall.

What I love about these blocks is that they look modern and vibrant. I believe I managed to dose the bright colours enough to make them pop. I love these blocks even more when they are put next to each other as I think they truly are a set.

I started by picking three bright colours that I liked together and combined them with several white, black and white/black fabrics.

For my first block I was inspired by this string pincushion from V&Co and the fractured quilt from the book Quilting Modern by Katie Pedersen and Jacquie Gering, two quilters that I greatly admire. Katie mostly for her use of colour and Jacquie for her bold, well thought out designs.

Fractured Quilt from Quilting Modern by Katie Pedersen and Jacqui Gehring.

Fractured Quilt picture taken from “Quilting Modern” by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen.

To me the wonkiness in this block results in a suggestion of movement. It was foundation paper pieced and I took pictures while I constructed it, so if anyone is interested I could do a quick tutorial.

F2F_September1For my second block I was inspired by a mini quilt from the book Scrap Quilt Sensation by Katharine Guerrier, although I decided to not make my block wonky.

Picture taken from

Picture taken from “Scrap Quilt Sensation” by Katharine Guerrier.

I created four log cabins that were connected by a single cross and then sashed these in more white. The white (and some of the black) fabrics read like solids from a distance, but when you get closer you’ll see that they’re very subtle prints.

F2F_September2For my third block I thought it would be nice to incorporate details from the other two blocks to create a coherent set. I used the narrow strips from both blocks, the wonkiness from the first block and the log cabin from the second block. The entire block is created as a wonky log cabin, but in such a way that you can follow either the black or white strips in a spiral from the centre to the outer edge of the block like a labyrinth or maze. One of the white/black fabrics was used as black and another one was used as white to create additional interest. The yellow fabric was also used as white.

F2F_September3As always, the blocks created by the other participants can be viewed on the F2F page.

19 comments on “F2F: September blocks

  1. knettycraft says:

    All three blocks are lovely … I most like your spiraled wonky log cabin.

  2. brilliant, they look really great

  3. tialys says:

    These are eyecatching and inventive as all your blocks seem to be. Will you remake them for yourself?

    • Emmely says:

      I think I probably will, although they’ll never turn out exactly the same. I really like this style of block though and think an entire quilt of these would be amazing.

  4. katechiconi says:

    I like the cross best because it’s in the colours I’ve chosen for my blocks!

  5. Prachtig Emmely! Leuk om je inspiratiebronnen erbij te zien. Je hebt zulke leuke stofjes uitgekozen! Top!

  6. Deborah says:

    I love these blocks! I’d have a hard time giving them up, too! Also, I’m up for a tutorial when you are able. My head is already spinning with ideas. :-)

    • Emmely says:

      Thank you! I’ll make a tutorial for the fractured block then, probably won’t be until the weekend. I fear this week is going to be busy…

  7. Joy says:

    I really like the 3rd and 4th blocks! a lot! well done!

  8. knitnkwilt says:

    Not sure how I missed this post (I thought I checked in with all F2F blogs regularly). Not only do I like the blocks, I especially enjoyed your comments about how you designed them to relate to each other. I have pulled fabrics for your month, but no plans yet..

  9. Magpie Sue says:

    Did I ever tell you how much I like the blocks you made for me? Forgive me if I didn’t. I love their graphic quality. Can you make a similar set for your own turn in the F2F swap? At least you have these pictures to refer back to so you can make yourself some like mine. :-)

    • Emmely says:

      Yes you did. :-) I think the large contrast between the black, white and colour pop is what made me love them so much so I’m going to collect some more white and black fabrics and will make an entire quilt in that style someday.

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