Free Spirit’s Color Therapy Block of the Month, available at participating local quilt shops, begins this month. Free Spirit kindly sent me a kit to play with and share the results my efforts. As you can see from the photo below, the quilt uses all solids. (Photo courtesy of Free Spirit Fabrics.)As you know, I’m more of a print person. So I’ll be showing you examples of the blocks using various Free Spirit prints from my stash. The color choices for Block #1 are Brown and Jade reflecting simplicity, nurture and reliability. I chose two prints from Anna’s Dowry collection to substitute for these colors. You’ll notice the block has a softer edge. This is a result of the larger repeat in the Postage Due print. A smaller print with more brown would give you the harder edge of the all solid block. The choice is a matter of preference; however, you’ll want to be sure to make each block with the same feel–all hard edges or all soft edges–for a more cohesive finish.
If a busy combination of prints doesn’t suit you, perhaps this one will. Here you see two prints from Joel Dewberry’s True Colors collection next to the Brown and Jade solids. Another option is to substitute only one solid and tame the prints. It’s a bit trickier to get the balance right for the overall quilt, but still an option to consider.
If you’re interested in the Color Therapy Block of the Month club, be sure to check with your local quilt shop.