Monday, November 12, 2012

Design Wall Monday #43

On my design wall today are my first 20 Alamo Star blocks, which is my leader/ender project. They are so cute and so fun to sew. I can't decide if I should make more blocks with the center square being the same as the star points. I tried two of them and they really jump out at me, so I either need to sew more like that, or stick with making the center squares the same fabric as the background.
Any opinions??
And just for the fun of it, here are the 2.25" Alamo star blocks beside my enormous 24"  Swoon block! This really makes me smile!
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26 comments:

Nann said...

I'd make the Alamo Stars one way (your choice) -- with just a few done the other way to provide contrast. What a great L&E project! I'm going to look it up.

Darlene D said...

They are so cute! I prefer the centre the same as the background fabric, but that's just me!

beaquilter said...

how fun to see the difference, I like the center to be the background color though.

* said...

I, too, like the center to be the same as the background. However, I like the idea of a couple (2-5) being the same as the star points as that makes for more interest. They would also make a great border.

Nina Marie said...

I do love all the brights in this but yes value has a lot to do with it too!

Paula, the quilter said...

Holy cow! I didn't realize how small the Alamo Stars were until you put the next photo up. Love 'em. ♥

Judy D in WA said...

Holy Cow those Alamo stars are little! And so fabulous!

Denise :) said...

Wow -- the comparison really gives you incredible perspective! I love your Alamo star blocks -- they're gorgeous!!! :)

Janet O. said...

Oh, the Alamo stars are SO cute! I like the random sprinkling a of a few made the other way--but it is your project. Do what sings to you.
I was leaving the LQS the other day and noticed a new display by the door. I realized it was this Swoon pattern, done in Sandy Gervais' new Christmas line. Yes, those are big blocks--and made all the more so by being next to your little Alamo stars.

Henrietta said...

Good GRIEF! 1-1/2" finished Alamo Stars? I probably couldn't even see them never mind sew them. I'm impressed even though it would give me nightmares.

Vicki W said...

I love your little blocks!

Gayle Bong said...

Too cute! That comparison makes me want to do a little Swoon block.

Teresa in Music City said...

I absolutely love your mini-Alamo blocks!!! My preference would be with the center the same as the outside fabric because there is more going on that way - more sparkle :*)

I'm working on a mini-Storm at Sea. But I don't think I'll do it as leader/enders. I'm thinking it will be a NewFO next year.

Cathy Tomm said...

The leaders and enders blocks are so cute. I love the colour and I just had to come look at what new project you were working on next.

Kate said...

Beautiful Alamo Stars. Love all the rich color there.

Your Swoon block is looking great. I really want to make one of those.

Anonymous said...

I like the sprinkling of a few different blocks in with the most being the centre the same as the background. Lisa

Dora, the Quilter said...

Oh, my, what cute, teeny, tiny stars! Although it sounds like a fun leader-ender project, they might just make me crazy.
Love the great big Swoon too, Kathy!

Bonnie said...

Cute blocks.... how big are they. I like the idea of throwing in some of the star centers the same color as the points. Just enough to spice up the top.

*karendianne. said...

Ohh my gosh what charm and beauty. I immediately thought to take advantage of the creative aspect of that center here and there. Of course, the block is so perfect. You can't go wrong as it is.

AnnieO said...

You do like tiny pieces! Those are really really bright and fun. It will take a gazillon to make a quilt of any size, tho :)

Helen in the UK said...

These blocks are the cutest! I prefer them with the centre same as the background, but I think a few the other way scattered in add interest :)

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

Oh My Goodness! What a contrast in size! I never would have guessed the little blocks were that small!! I suppose that means you picked perfect fabrics for the size of those blocks. The looked "normal" sized, 6-10” in your first pic. Amazing! I like a mixture of both types of blocks. Maybe 2/3rd one style and 1/3rd the other style to keep the viewer trying to figure what's the difference? Have fun!!

Sheila said...

Such cute little Alamo stars. I didn't realize they were so small! I like them both ways.

Bound To Quilt said...

I personally like how they look with the background as the center. I didn't realize how tiny they were until I was scrolling through the comments! Great work!!

Teresa said...

Oh MY! Those are teeny-tiny! Those leader/ender projects can grow really fast...

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

scraphappy said...

What a fun juxtaposition of blocks -- ginormous and tiny. I like the tiny a lot.