When we lived in Pennsylvania, I learned this quilt block from Barbara C. Lenox. As she made her quilts, she cut her scraps from each project into the sizes needed for this block. She saved the scraps and assembled them into blocks, and then a quilt, at the end of the year. She called this her “Sourdough” quilt.
The block is a great way to learn about color and value, since the design shows itself through contrast in value, regardless of color. And sometimes things that worked fine as a dark or light in one context totally fail in another.
Patch 1 and Patch 2 in the picture above worked fine as a dark and a light when I put them together in a single block. But when I put them together with the other blocks, the turquoise was too bright to play well with the other dark values. It’s common for yellow, red, and orange to have trouble being dark values, but the turquoise was kind of a surprise! I’ll be re-making that block. Another learning experience 😀
I’m teaching my version of this at Studio Stitch on Saturday, January 26.