When placed together the pattern of these Buckeye Beauty blocks is beginning to emerge: diagonal rows of light centers and dark centers with a checkerboard where the corners meet.
My usual process for making a quilt like this is to pull a bunch of fabrics, cut shapes, sew them into blocks, then lay them out. After a good many are made, I decide which ones work and which don't and whether I need to make more and what colors. With 13 made I have 29 more to go. I expect these will change places as new ones are added. Because this quilt is about value, I'm thinking of unstitching the one third row down, third from the left. I think those two fabrics are the same value!
The idea for this quilt came directly from Lynn Roddy Brown's book, Patchwork-play Quilts: Make the Most of Scraps, Spare Parts, and Leftovers.
Early in the book she discusses value, something I haven't paid much
attention to when choosing fabrics. Her strategy is to pair fabrics in light and medium; light and dark; or medium and dark. I'm all about color, but after
reading her thoughts, I began noticing. Her explanation was so clear and the photos helped clarify what she was saying. Then when I saw her "Buckeye
Beauty" quilt I decided it might (or might not) work for a little boy's quilt.
Buckeye Beauty blocks are usually sewn all the same which creates a strong one direction diagonal. Lynn has rearranged the blocks so some have light centers and some dark. The four-patches on the corners alternate, too, depending on the centers. The layout then creates diagonal rows of lights and darks and a checkerboard in the corners where the blocks meet.
Lynn's blocks are 8" but I like baby quilts with smaller blocks so I changed the size. These blocks will finish at 6" so they are a little smaller. Using a 6 by 7 layout the quilt will be 36" x 42", without borders. I love the fact that I can use small scraps for this quilt, and I can imagine it becoming really scrappy with several different fabrics of the same color and value per block.
I'm making progress on my star quilt. I finished cutting the colored strips for the next border today. They're laying alongside the quilt and tomorrow I'll play with color placement.
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