Friday, June 27, 2014

Value Proposition Quilt Along - Block 6

Welcome to Block 6 of my Value Proposition Quilt Along (QAL). I've told you other blocks are my favourites and once again this block is no exception! I hope that you like it as much as I do. I have a little secret about one of the fabrics I used. Keep reading to find out what it is! I'm also going to share a helpful tip about working with directional prints!

Value Proposition Map for Block 6

Value Proposition Recipe for Block 6
  • Cut 16 Light identified as A* on Map ( 8 for Round 2 and 8 for Round 3)
  • Cut 9 Medium identified as B on Map (1 for Center and 4 for Round 2 and 4 for Round 3)
  • Cut 6 Medium-dark identified as C on Map (for Round 1)
  • Cut 6 Dart identified as D on Map (for Round 3)
 I used a striped fabric for 12 of the As. It think it adds movement and interest to the block. I'm going to share a secret with you! I didn't have a suitable cotton fabric in my stash so what I used is a polycotton! It's my quilt and there are no quilt police. I liked the fabric, it worked in my quilt so I used it. If you need to use a fabric that is less than 100% cotton I won't tell! A girl has to do what a girl has to do and this girl did it!

My Value Proposition Block

This is my Block 6 shown in black and white. Notice that I've used stripes and that I paid attention to the direction of the stripes. By doing this it add interest but more importantly it makes the block look more controlled. If the stripes were just going every which way I think it would be jarring and it would be uncomfortable looking at the block. You don't have to use stripes but if you do think about how they will be used.

HELPFUL TIP:  Sometimes when I use stripes the direction of the stripe needs to change as was the case in my Block 6. If you look at the striped hexagons in the 3 and 9 o'clock positions you will notice that they run from point to point rather than side to side as is the case with all the others. If you choose to use a directional print what I do is mark an arrow on the paper hexagon so when I place it on my fabric I know that the stripes should run parallel to the arrow!

And now for my Block 6 in colour! Notice that my lights are not very light but they are lighter than the darker fabrics, sometimes just a little bit darker. As long as the lights are lighter than the mediums and the mediums are lighter than the darks you will be fine! It is a great way to experiment with value and to come up with some interesting results!

I set up a Value Proposition QAL page on Flickr so that you can post picture of your blocks and also see what others are doing! There are many very different and exciting blocks to see so do drop by and if you have time leave a comment if you see something you like!

If you are looking for previous Block installments of my Value Proposition QAL you will find all of the links under the tab Quilt Alongs by Karen H just under the banner. I hope you enjoy making Block 6. Block 7 will be available on July 11, 2014. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I send an email response to every comment so if you don't hear from me it means you are a no-reply blogger.

Until I post again, happy sewing!
Karen H


  1. Thanks for another beauty I am really enjoying this. Will we be making all 18 different or some same, like repeating the first nine placement of values. Just curious.

    1. Most of them will be different however there are a few that have a similar layout but the fabric placement (based on value) will give the block a different look. Also I have a few planned where you will have an opportunity to "create" fabric!

  2. Yes, another beauty! I think I am going to take a photo of the first five together before picking fabrics, like one of your followers did on Flickr. Thanks Karen!

  3. Not quite ready for #6 -- still working on #5!

  4. Love it! I'm already picking colors in my head. I was on vacation for the last release, so I'm behind, but I'm working to catch up!

  5. Glad I'm not the only one running behind. funny how life gets in the way of our sewing. Moving my daughter and her hubby to a new apartment this week but hope to get on track and catch up by the end of the month! I had to finish another UFO in time for the quilt show so ....priorities priorities..but I never miss reading your blog... it's my favorite.

  6. Each block gets better and better. You must have a bottomless pit of imagination. I hope that sounded like a compliment because I meant it, to be.