Schools Out … so Let’s Celebrate with School House Blocks
For June we will be making a simplified variation of the traditional Schoolhouse block. This block was made by Linda from Dallas.
The directions for making the block are here:
Christa organized the cutting directions to make it easier to keep track of which reds to use where and reposted her Feeling Blessed blog post for us on this site here:
For each block you’ll need:
White fabric for background—this can be solid or a white-on-white (WOW) print
THREE red fabrics for the schoolhouse—these can be solids, tone-on-tone (TOT) prints or multicolor prints that are predominately RED and will “read as red” from across the room. Your three red fabrics should have good contrast with one another.
Remember there are multiple ways to create contrast:
VALUE – use light, medium and dark red fabrics or reds that, compared to one another are lighter, brighter and darker.
SCALE – Combine smaller and larger scale prints (that are predominately red, but can contain other colors.
PATTERN – Different kinds of prints can create contrast. I like to combine geometric with more organic designs, but the idea of a polka dot + stripe + plaid schoolhouse just popped in my head and those three types of geometric prints could also be interesting, I think.
If you make multiple blocks, you may use the same white for all your blocks and you may repeat the same red fabrics in multiple blocks as long as no two blocks have the same fabrics in the same place. The maximum number of blocks you can make and enter in the drawing is the usual NINE.
If you are wondering why I am not asking for specific placement of the fabric, the reason is to minimize the number of different red fabrics you’ll need to make 9 blocks. If you were using this block for a swap, where each quilter would make sets of identical blocks to swap, or making them for your own quilt, you might decide to make a rule like all roofs will be the darkest of the three reds in each block.
CATEGORIES AND TAGS FOR BLOG POSTS
The TAG for ALL blog posts about this month’s block is schoolhouse.
As usual, when you are posting photos of your block(s), use the default category, blocks. When you are posting about mailing/receiving the blocks, uncheck blocks and check the category, sent and received.
A VIRTUAL WALL HANGING
Here are the first four block photos I received from Christa, Linda and Wendy and the virtual quilt I made from them. I love how in only four blocks, you see lots of variation (and ways to create contrast 😉