Idyllic Block — Supersized

What’s going on here?

Simply this: I supersized Corey Yoder’s Idyllic block. As designed, her block finishes at 14″ square. I enlarged it to finish at 21″ square. Why? Curiosity more than anything else — plus the fact that I bought enough of these fabrics to play around a bit.

One of the things I love about this pattern is that it can look traditional or modern depending on fabric choices. Take a look at the pattern cover:

The scrappy version pictured above looks quite traditional to my eye whereas the two-color version has a modern vibe. I figured it would look even more modern if the blocks were larger.

That got me to thinking about a kaleidoscope quilt I made as an experiment a few years ago using three different size blocks:

(This quilt top eventually became a baby quilt for a darling great niece. You can see the finished quilt here.)

What, I wonder, would Idyllic look like as a quilt with three sizes of blocks? I know how to find out . . .

But here’s the thing. Each Idyllic block has three sets of Flying Geese units in it. Two are the same size and one is smaller. The proportions need to remain consistent. If I make a block halfway between the ones I’ve already made, it needs to finish at 17½” inches square. That would make the smaller Flying Geese unit finish at 1⅞” x 3¾”.

Do I really want to go there?




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7 Responses to Idyllic Block — Supersized

  1. Karlee Sandell says:

    Love love love!

  2. Linda N. says:

    I love your experimentation, Dawn! Not sure I WOULD want to go to that odd-sized flying geese block, but I think you’re much more precise than I am. Also, you and I had different interpretations on the cover quilts… I thought the scrappier one looks more modern and the two-tone seems rather traditional. Just goes to show how broad interpretations can be! Have fun!

  3. Vickie says:

    Of course you want to go there! You are an engineer at heart and an amazing quilter.

    When I look at your picture of the pattern cover, the scrappy version appears modern to me and the 2-color version traditional. Wish we lived closer so we could chat about it over coffee.

  4. Diane says:

    Gee whiz, you are flying high (like a goose) WAY over my head! But, hey, I have such confidence in your instincts that, to quote a line in one of my favorite movies, “I’m with you fellas!”

    Can you name the movie? 🙂

  5. Colleen Coffman says:

    I’m with Vickie! If anybody could do it, it would be you :).

  6. Patricia says:

    Of course you want to go there! I wouldn’t, but you are a whiz!! By the way, we had a wonderful quilt retreat in Bend February 25 – 27. There was a gal that had her computer there and I shared your posts that drop into my email — she was impressed.

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