Monday, December 7, 2020


 A Long Tale of Two Quilts

It all began with a guild challenge around 2006.  The program topic was the color wheel and color theory.  

Above is the color wheel we all probably grew up with; you know, red and yellow make orange, yellow and blue make green, etc.  You may not know that an expanded color wheel was developed in the printing industry known as the Ives color wheel or CMY (cyan/magenta/yellow).  This is the one I used.

Participants were all given the same line drawing of an 8x8 16" block but different color schemes. We were to interpret our assignment for the best effect of color and value pairings.  I don't remember exactly what my assignment was; I think it was either triadic or split complimentary with something analogous thrown in as well as an accent!  Whew!

Anyway, I used this fabric as my inspiration.

While most participants came up with a variation of a star for their block, I went to an interlocking design.

I liked my block so much that I decided to work it into a whole quilt.  Fast-forward to 2016 ...

As is often the case, I had lots of pieces and parts left over -- not enough to make Tropicana any bigger, but more than I wanted to trash so I held on to them until last week when I added some puss-in-the-corner blocks and threw this little gem together.

This one will go in the periwinkle guest bedroom.


  1. That whole cyan/magenta/yellow thing is something I'm still getting used to. It does make a prettier color wheel, though!
    There's a children's science museum near where I live that has an area where you can play with CMY lights and blend them on a screen. I spent a happy part of an afternoon there on my last visit! (You know, back in the Before Times...)

  2. Awesome use of those leftovers, Libby!!!

  3. Love your quilts! What is the star block pattern name?

  4. Both quilts are beautiful. Now you have one pile less of leftovers. Congrats on a fun finish and on the clean up effort.

  5. Your block in the last post looks like Twisted Ribbon or a variation of it. It is pretty with lots of potential. Meanwhile how neat is this to wind up with two beautiful quilts, Libby.


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