I carry a little sketch book with me wherever I go. Sketching my ideas small helps me draw loosely and simplify shapes, which, I think, leads to more interesting designs. My Privet Patch block for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol. 3 grew from one of these rough sketches.
My intent was to design a block that included the straight seaming of a foundation block with the smooth curves of applique. Further complicating the design process, I wanted to base the block on a traditional grid but I wanted the design to be asymmetrical.
I seek surprise and inspiration from the colors in nature. I take lots of photos for color reference. When I started to choose colors for my block I wanted to push the palette away from the typical colors we all know in nature and toward the colors that show in smaller quantities. I like the way Privet Patch turned out. But then I needed to figure out how to use it in a quilt. Once I started experimenting, the settings ideas started rolling. Here are two to challenge and inspire you
The pattern for Privet Patch is in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol. 3. Happy quilt making!
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