Monday, July 30, 2012

Design Wall Progress

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
Benjamin Franklin

Progress has been made on the Zen blocks.  There are 49 of them now.

Zen Blocks

I finally got the Hint of Tint, Sawtooth Star top pressed.  I had finished piecing the top together several weeks ago.  I had put off pressing it because we were having so many 100 degree and over days that the thought of ironing just did not appeal.  It is done now.  Serged the edges today to keep all those seams from coming apart at the edges.

Hint of Tint Top

Can not show you a full view.  No place to hang it and show it all set up yet.  It is about an 80 inch square.

Center of Quilt

Here is a closer look at the center row.  The blue star is the center block of the quilt.

Favorite Block

I like this block.  It is one of the brighter ones.  Working in pastels is harder because even though the color palette may be varied the value palette is much more limited.  Each block only used two fabrics so I tried to make sure and vary the scale of prints within the blocks.  Some are intentionally lower in contrast than others.  I added light tone on tone white/cream backgrounds to three blocks to provide a bit more value contrast.

How do you like to work with pastels?  Do you find it easy or hard?


  1. Both quilts are beautiful but I am partial to the stars. I have a very hard time working with pastels to get the colors "even"

  2. Zen blocks are nice, but I really like the Hint of Tint Top. I'm eager to see it quilted!

  3. love the zen blocks - the colours work beautifully

  4. The sawtooth quilt is lovely! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday!


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