Am I behind the trend? Looking through some of my quilt magazines and on-line, I see a lot of quilt patterns are now using oversized traditional block patterns. Blocks are 15", 18" and 20". Have you noticed this?
I have magazines called Big Block Quilts published for years. We're a hurry up society so it makes sense. But as Jeepdarla said you need interesting quilting designs to fill up all that blank space. When the blocks are large it's easy to lose the blocks when put on a bed. You can't even tell there's a star if it's large. Looks like a bunch of shapes sewn together instead of blocks. One of my favorite quilts was made of churn dashes with another block put as the center square. It was so interesting. You just had to be sure the fabric choices allowed both blocks to show up. I also made large churndashes with a snowball block for the inside square and appliqued a snowman's face for the interior of the snowball. That was fun. BUT I also had a red, white, and blue quilt that had 22" blocks that got totally lost when put into a quilt. It was depressing.
Interesting..When I first started quilting larger quilts I always wanted larger blocks...now I want the blocks smaller.Just had this conversation with a friend yesterday...she has not gotten to the smaller block stage yet...I feel it happens to a lot of quilters,the more experienced you get you appreciate the smaller block or as jeepdarla and Evelyn said...put a smaller block inside...I do have a couple of books that are for HUGE blocks...
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