Monday, 30 April 2012

Colour Block of the Month: Yellow

The theme for this month's Colour My World Challenge was yellow. This is probably the only time I'll ever use this many shades of yellow all in one place.

Each block so far has been the product of a different improvisational technique, and I keep coming up with new ideas for this faster than I can try them. This time I wanted to try to converge two blocks. There is a nearly limitless number of ways to do this, and I got my inspiration from Convergence Quilts by Ricky Tims (I didn't like the fabrics used in this book, but it has lots of great ideas).

I started out with two solid blocks of yellow fabric, laid them on top of each other, and cut out the middle at a random angle. I reattached each middle to the opposite fabric.

I laid them on top of each other again and made vertical cuts, starting small at the point and getting wider with each new piece. Those pieces were rearranged to overlap.

Looking at all those little vertical strips on my table, they didn't make much sense together. Would the two shapes actually converge or would it just be random chunks of yellow all over the place?

After having sewn them together, I think you actually do get the sense of two triangles merging a bit. It might have worked better if the triangles were perpendicular or facing away from each other, but I do like the way it turned out. I added a solid yellow border, and now have the completed fourth block of my colour quilt.

Here's an update on the mismatched improv blocks so far this year. I don't know if I can pick a favourite. They're sure gonna look interesting together in a quilt (perhaps also a little schizophrenic).


  1. Ha ha, I love you last line. The convergence does work really well! I've only seen it done with straight lines. I'm definitely going to give it a try with a triangle or other shape -- it looks so cool!

  2. I love it! I really like how you showed the different steps. Definitely going to try this out someday!

  3. This is fab and I think these blocks all look great together :)