This the the 2nd block for the Grandmother's Choice block of the week. It is called amethyst. I really had trouble getting it the right size. In fact, it is the wrong size. I followed the directions to size the template so the center square is 3 3/8". Unfortunately, that makes the square 10". It is supposed to be 8". I may figure out how to make it the right size, or I may not. It is not my favorite block in the world. I do like the fabric, just not the design. And that has nothing to do with the fact that there are Y seams.
On a completely different note, I decided to join Victoria's light value challenge over at 15 Minutes Play. If you follow my work at all, you know that I don't really use light fabrics. Mid values and darks make me happy. I keep being told that a little bit of light valued fabric would make my work more interesting and exciting. I decided to join this challenge to see if I could make myself work light. When I first looked at the photo, I thought it was over exposed. It is not. These are pretty much the true colors. It is kind of pretty, but I keep wanting to add darks. Maybe I will set these 8" blocks in some dark purple sashing. Hmmmm.
Ahhh! This is more like it!. I had some left over fall leaf fabric strips, so I pulled some solids to match the colors and tried to create the riot of color that is fall. I certainly got a riot. I am wondering about the strong reds. Maybe an orange would have been better, but I didn't have orange, and I am only using what I have for these small quilts. This one is 16" square. I do like red, and it is growing on me. For the record, I started this one first thing this morning when it was cooler, then did the amethyst block, then the lights when it reached 84 degrees.. Interesting progression.
Tomorrow, I will be working on my broderie perse project. I hope to get it done soon.
Joyful quilting, everyone.