Back in December, my inspiration for my colourway of Sedona Star started with the quilt Paradise in the Garden by Jean Wells. I have loved that quilt ever since I first saw it! Jean took New York Beauty blocks and made them into sunflowers, and I thought I could do the same thing with the Mariner's Compass blocks in Sedona Star. There are three different Mariner's Compass blocks in the quilt, each done three times, for a total of nine blocks.
In my first plan for how to colour those blocks I only used two colours of yellow for the "petals." I have been thinking for some time now, though, that this will be too repetitive. I decided to use three colours instead, and to play up the differences between the three variations that Sedona Star designer Sarah Vedeler created. But, I still wanted to keep them looking like flowers. I decided the best way to meet all my goals would be to add some secondary piecing to the blocks. For Month 4, I am going to add a 1/4 inch "shadow" to the lower layer of petals:
I haven't tried this with the fabric yet! But I think it will be doable with a 1/8 inch seam allowance. If I have to I'll increase the shadow to 3/8 inch. All the photos today are of enlargements of the uncoloured pdf file that Sarah provided in December, which I coloured with my trusty crayons.
On a side note, do you find that you use the same colours over and over? I haven't pulled out my crayons in years, and I found that the colours I needed for these blocks were the ones I'd used the most! You can probably see the resemblance with my profile photo too.
Anyway, I was very happy with how this one looked, so it was on to Month 3. My first thought was to repeat the 1/4 inch shadow (the new one is on the right):
But, I didn't think that had enough punch. My second try:
That's pretty good, I thought, but I also wanted to see what would happen if I just widened the shadow from the first try:
This one was too "whirly" for my taste, and not flowery, so the second one is the winner. For the last one, Month 5, I first tried the same 1/4 inch shadow as Month 4:
Again, I felt that things were getting repetitive. I wondered what would happen if I didn't add a shadow to this month, and just changed the colours of the back petals:
Winner! Now when I look at all three variations together, they look unified yet distinct:
Let's see how they look with my fabrics! I still haven't got my iron, but I'm thinking that now that I've decided to fuse the applique on Month 2 instead of paper piecing the blocks, a regular iron will do the job. I'll just find the iron with the slowest auto shut off available and be done with it.
Choosing colours for Sedona Star