2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Test Blocks

2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge: MarsalaI finally got a chance to test the blocks for my Marsala quilt, and I am extremely pleased to discover that they work!spice_0303_1

Excuse the somewhat random fabric selection, I basically rummaged through my stash and pulled out whatever I could find that I had a good amount of and didn’t mind using up.  (Though I think it could have been MUCH worse!)

spice_0303_2The large block is a rather giant 24.5″ square; each sub-block in it is 12.5″ square.

spice_0303_3The small block is exactly 1/4 the size of the large block, weighing in at a svelte 12.5″ square (6.5″ sub-blocks).

In terms of piecing, it’s all pretty straightforward (although I did have a Special moment when doing the smaller version where I sewed the wrong corners onto four identical units and had to re-cut and re-do them).  The larger one is much easier in terms of handling to put together, and has more tolerance of error, whereas the smaller one is a little more fiddly and offers less wriggle room for mistakes.  Right now I’m not sure which I prefer, though I’m leaning towards the larger version.

Another consideration is the fact that I have TWO Marsala-coloured fabrics, which I am trying to figure out how to best combine in the blocks:

Certainly, if I want to do any curved piecing, I would be much better off making the larger block!  Of these examples, I quite like option 1 or option 3/4.

Lastly, I need to consider quilt size.  If I choose the big block, my quilt is likely to end up being ~72″ square (three blocks wide, three blocks long), but I’m less sure about the size I’d want to make if I choose the small block.  And borders?  Do I want borders?  I don’t know!

Read more about the 2015 Pantone Quilt Challenge at On the Windy Side and play crafts.  🙂

Linking up with the Fresh Sewing Day at Lily’s Quilts!

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