Friday, May 30, 2014

Value Proposition Quilt Along - Block 4

Welcome to Block 4 of my Value Proposition Quilt Along (QAL). I've told you other blocks are my favourites but this one really is one of my favourites and it will stay that way until I show you the next block which will of course be my favourite!

Before I get started I have a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! There are four half blocks in the Value Proposition Quilt and they are used to fill in the spaced on the sides. I'll share the first of the four half blocks one week from today so be sure to come back on June 6, 2014 for the first Value Proposition half block!

Value Proposition Map for Block 4

Value Proposition Recipe for Block 4
  • Cut 14 Light identified as A on Map ( 12 for Round 2 and 2 for Round 3)
  • Cut 7 Medium* identified as B on Map (1 for Center and 6 for Round 1)
  • Cut 16 Dark identified as C on Map (all for Round 3)
* You may want to fussy cut one B Medium for the Center and cut the remaining 6 hexagons from a directional print such as a stripe. This will add visual interest and it is loads of fun!

My Value Proposition Block
This is my block shown in black and white. It is very scrappy. Notice I've used a variety of dark prints and a variety of light prints. If you have leftover hexagons from other blocks this is a great time to use them provided they are the correct value. The darks I've used are very dark and they form what looks like a "C" and a mirror image "C". When selecting your fabrics you want to ensure that you have strong contrast between the lights and the darks so that the "Cs" show up! The lighter scraps I used in Round 2 (and 2 in Round 3) are on the darker side of light, especially the pair in the 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock positions (you could go lighter if you prefer). I've used the diamond fabric at the top and bottom in the same position in Round 2 to give the block balance. The same is true of the deep beige linen-look print in the same positions in Round 3. I used a directional print for Round 1 and I love the visual interest that is created with the print that I chose. In addition I fussy cut one hexagon for the Center.

 If your prefer you can make this block with only three fabrics OR you can use three fabrics but fussy cut the center hexagon! Whatever you do have fun! And why not give a directional print a try for Round 1?

So now I'll show you a colour picture of my block! The darks are navy and brown and I think that they work together perfectly because they are the same value (or very close in value).

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 4. The first half block will be available on June 6, 2014 and Block 5 will be available on June 13, 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. This block will be fun - I have 7 dark teal fabrics to use as my darks and I think this will be a good block to mix and match them :)

  2. Picked up some more darks today -- I think I've got my colors picked out! I'm saving the sewing for a trip I start next Thursday -- time to work on some of my path hexies. :)

  3. I finished Block 1 last Sunday, but haven't had time to go any farther. I will catch up, I promise! I love every block so far, so I don't have any favorites (sort of like my kids). I even figured out how to put a pic of Block 1 on the Flick'r group!
    BTW, did I thank you for doing this? It is so relaxing to baste and stitch these little guys.

  4. Just finishing up block 3 -- will be ready to pull fabrics for #4 when I get home on Sunday!

  5. It's going to be hard to pick a favorite of all of these blocks! I know what I want to do for the outer rings, trying to decide on the first row:)

  6. Great block and !
    My I asking you what the name is van the fabric with the feather pattern you used for the inner hexagons, I'm churching for that fabric and can't find it.
    Have a nice Sunday,