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.
Sourdough block, taught to me by Barbara C Lenox
I can’t find her online now except, of course, for those creepy websites that want to sell you information on any name you put in (e.g., “get Santa Claus address, phone, arrest record…”).
I’ve made numerous quilts using this design. As with all diagonally split blocks, this one allows for many interesting arrangements of the blocks.
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.
This quilt was designed with friends at a retreat and remained unfinished for a year while I contemplated what should go in the big.white.center.
Eventually I decided on petals, finished the quilt, and submitted it to F&W, where it was accepted for the January 2019 issue of Quilty. I love Quilty, so I was thrilled. And now the January issue, including my quilt, is available at Barnes & Noble.
This is Quilty’s “glamour shot” of my quilt
Once I got going on what to put in the center, I made another version with a ring in the center and the addition of a floral border:
If you pick up the magazine but want to make the quilt with the center ring instead of the petals, e-mail me and I’ll tell you the measurements. Alternatively, just trace a dessert plate from your collection, which is what I did 😀