It’s time to begin the Mic’s Attic Picks/Michigan Beauty Block blog series. This blog is going to explore some of the coloring options for the block. And Wednesday’s blog will go over some ideas for quilts using just the Michigan Beauty block and then combining it with a couple of other blocks from the series.
As you can see by the picture above the antique set of blocks was colored the same way as this purple version of the block. With the same fabric being used in the C pieces that ring the center and form a square. And then the same fabrics used in the C pieces that form arrows in the corner. This is a very simple and elegant rendition of this block. And can be quite stunning done in a monochromatic colorway as shown. Just make sure to mix up the scale of print/texture so there is contrast. This makes the block exciting to view.
In this version I did some shading of the Arrow C pieces and have opposite sides composed of same fabrics, same color, two values – light & dark. AND I made sure the scale of the print was also of different. Then I applied this same concept to the Arrow C Pieces. I really like this version of the block. There is a lot of depth and movement.
Went TOTALLY scrappy here!
I had to! With so many pieces to the block it was a great design to play with. Plus the pieces are just the right size for small prints like those in the 30s reproductions.
And finally some more modern fabrics. The square C pieces follow the example of the 2 block discussed here in the blog but the sides are composed of two fabrics. Because I was working in a line of fabrics I was able to use the same print, just different colors, which seemed to help the look of this coloring. I applied the same concept to the Arrow C pieces and used two different colors but the same in all 4 sets. Note that I took the time to make sure my directional prints used in the center triangles all orientated in the same direction. Little things like this can make it much more pleasant for the eye to view the block.
Wednesday’s blog will cover some ideas for quilt patterns using the Michigan Beauty Block and the “How-to” blogs will post on Friday & Saturday. And it looks like the first Facebook Live segment for this block will be Sunday. Keep an eye on the MDQuilts page later in the week for the exact time. I will begin posting that at least a day early.
If you haven’t joined in yet with a purchase of the hand piecing templates for the Michigan Beauty block you can do so by clicking below. Please note that the block is also available in English Paper Piecing papers and templates for those who wish to make their blocks using that technique. You can also find them in my store. All the products are currently in the NEW category there.
That’s all for now. Check back on Wednesday for some quilt ideas using the Michigan Beauty Quilt Block.
Enjoy your day,