I am settling into a rhythm with these blocks, and making decisions as I go, like trying to work with mostly 2 colours per block (+ green, cos thats a CQer neutral y'kno), and having one main focal point per block...

which is not what I did here....

I added the red roses, and then needed a very 'strong' element to offset that. I made the stacked herringbone in red...still not enough, so embarked on the SRE posie. The ribbon is more purple than blue (this is my purple and red block).
Once I had the two elements, I thought I'd better add the third - for newbies the general (not) rule (because there are no rules in CQ!!) is to have three visual elements, or motifs, on a block, to help draw, and move your eye around, and the human eye (brain) finds odd numbers more appealing than even. If the numbers are even, the brain perceives symmetry, and doesn't bother to look any further. .... so ends todays lesson!
....so, I added the dragonfly. At this point I decided that I wasn't going to stick to that rule. Each block needs just one "eyecatching" element to draw the eye once the blocks are assembled into a quilt.
And here is the start of block 3 - mauve/blue, and dusky pink




I tried a new seem. It is (as far as I can figure) a zig-zagged, alternating, barred, chain stitch . I see many in my future.

Pics of this block completed tomorrow.

7 comments:

Mary Corbet said...

This is gorgeous - I love the blue flowers. I love the red rose, too, but I really love the blue flowers!

MC

Wendy said...

I love your blocks that you have completed so far. Gorgeous! I love to use the zig zag chain also.

kay susan said...

Lovely! My favourite bits are the green and red stitching. I REALLY like that zigza chain stitch.

Gerry Krueger said...

Dropping in for seam inspiration.... Love the blocks no matter how you do them!!! You were gone tooooooooooooooo long. Gerry K.

Glad you noticed my seams... I actually enjoy both seams and jewels tones after doing Lauri's challenge...

Dawn said...

Your work is amazing!!!!

Faye said...

Hey Jo, lovely to see your Crazy Building Blocks coming along so well...
I think I'll have to have a go at that, zig-zagged, alternating barred, chain stitch, as well. Looks great!!!
cheers -

mamazerty said...

it's a very interesting explaining and a so nice work!!!