Our chapter of the Louisville Modern Quilt Guild plans to have a booth at Quilter’s Day Out March 15. Back in November, our challenge was to make 12-inch blocks using the colors of the Modern Quilt Guild logo, which if you’re interested, you can find here. You can see some of the blocks the members made here.
After putting up the blocks on a design wall, we thought it would be a great idea to make four additional blocks, each one featuring an initial of our guild name. I volunteered to make the L. And, in typical fashion, I procrastinated doing this until the day before it was due.
I had some ideas in my head, but wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to size things. I had several 1.5-inch strips left over from the block I made for the quilt, so I knew I wanted to use those up.
Going into my trusty Excel, I resized the columns and rows to get an even grid, and drew a box around a 12×12 section. Then I used Excel’s border feature to create the shape of the L.
I wanted to use a little of each color and I liked the idea of the letter standing out from a rainbow of colors. But since there are only 10 colors in the logo, and this will be a 12-inch block, that meant I had two spaces left over. I thought about making the L a little funky by making the bottom squares white, but I just didn’t like it.
It’s much more interesting than just straight lines of color, and it solves the problem of repeats. All I had to do then was count the cells and add 1/2 an inch (for seam allowances) to let me know how long to cut each color per strip. Here’s how it worked out: (I added another color to the dark green stripe, which I had forgotten to do before.)
|1: Dk Orange: 3.5, 4.5; Lt. Gray: 5.5|
|2: Yellow: 2.5; Lt. Orange: 5.5; Dk Olive: 5.5|
|3: Dk. Gray: 1.5, 1.5; Lt. Gray: 1.5, 1.5; White: 10.5|
|4: Lt. Gray 1.5; Dk. Gray 1.5; White: 10.5|
|5: Dk. Turquoise 5.5, 1.5; Lt. Orange: 4.5; White: 10.5|
|6: Lt. Turquoise 2.5, 2.5, 1.5; Dk Gray: 5.5; White: 2.5|
|7: Seafoam: 3.5, 3.5, 1.5; Lt. Gray: 3.5; White: 2.5|
|8: Dk. Olive: 4.5, 4.5, 1.5; Lt. Turquoise: 1.5; White: 2.5|
|9: Lt. Olive: 4.5, 1.5, 1.5; Dk. Orange: 4.5; White: 2.5|
|10: Seafoam: 3.5; Yellow: 6.5, 1.5; White: 2.5|
|11: Dk. Gray: 6.5, 2.5; Lt. Turquoise: 4.5|
|12: Lt. Gray: 7.5; Dk. Turquoise: 5.5|
Then I separated each color so I’d know how much to cut of each one:
|Dk. Orange: 3.5, 4.5, 4.5|
|Lt. Orange: 5.5, 4.5|
|Dk. Gray: 1.5, 1.5, 5.5, 6.5, 2.5|
|Lt. Gray: 1.5, 1.5, 3.5, 7.5|
|Dk. Turquoise: 5.5, 1.5, 5.5|
|Lt. Turquoise: 2.5, 2.5, 1.5, 1.5, 4.5|
|Seafoam: 3.5, 3.5, 1.5, 3.5|
|Dk. Olive: 4.5, 4.5, 1.5, 5.5|
|Lt. Olive: 4.5, 1.5, 1.5|
|Yellow: 2.5, 6.5, 1.5|
|White: 10.5, 6.5|
Here’s how it looks on the screen all together:
Overall, I’m really happy with how my L block turned out and even think it might be fun to do as a quilt-along. What do you think? Would you be interested in having blocks like this to do an alphabet sampler quilt-along? Let me know in the comments.
Hope you’re all having a great week. I’m also making progress on my latest charity blanket. I’ll have photos of that soon.