Reach for the Stars: Block 12

Of the 14 blocks in my Reach for the Stars sampler quilt, Block 12 was by far the easiest to make — just five squares and four four-patches — yet I spent an inordinate amount of time fussing over it.

I spun my wheels initially just trying to decide which fabrics to use. I’m using several blacks, greens, and aquas and two different focus fabrics (from the same line), trying to spread them evenly throughout the quilt. Eons later (or so it seemed), I had my motif isolated from the focus fabric of choice and had settled on the white-on-black dot and the pale aqua batik.

Going with the original block layout, my block 12 looked like this:

Block 12 1


I knew I was going to change this layout. Because Block 14 is sashed in black, I was pretty sure that black in the corners would prove overpowering. I tried switching the position of the four-patch units:

Block 2

Better, maybe . . . but still too much black with the sashing to come.

I auditioned a green square in the center in place of the black:

Block 12 3

Nope. Too light.

What about a square of black in the center of the green?

Block 12 4

Ah, that’s better. I can live with that.

Here is the block all sewn together. . .

RFTS Block 12 before sashing

. . . and here it is sashed and positioned on point, as it will be in the finished quilt:

Block 12 7


Still too much black? Maybe. When I added the block to my design wall, it looked . . . I don’t know . . . heavy compared to the other blocks. What do you think?

RFTS 1 - 12


I also auditioned it in the center spot:

RFTS 1-12

It actually looks pretty good there. Maybe my Block 12 just became Block 13!




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7 Responses to Reach for the Stars: Block 12

  1. Vickie says:

    This could easily spin into a tale about the wonderfulness of having a design wall. Love #12 in the center spot.

  2. Sherri says:

    Beautiful Dawn! Thanks for showing your thought process in choosing colors and placement.

  3. Pam Grogan says:

    Center spot — hands down!

  4. Virginia Hammon says:

    Yes to center. Agree it is still a tad on the heavy-dark side. If you’re into playing a little more, maybe try making the outer 4-patches green and blue. That would echo some of the other blocks where these two colors are 1/2 &1/4 sTs. …maybe switch the inner square, making the green the center block with black surround (or not)? Love seeing your process and the beautiful end results.

  5. Virginia Hammon says:

    PS- it is fine and lovely just as it is!

    • Dawn says:

      I appreciate your comments, Virginia! I am not 100% sure this block is a keeper. I like it but I don’t love it. Whether or not it stays very much depends on how the last two blocks look next to it. If I wind up taking it apart and remaking it — or making a completely different block — it certainly won’t be the first time!

  6. Sherri says:

    I have been there! and I have the T-shirt!

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