Bonus Block: Earth Day

quilted lines on batting
Quilting on the back of bonus block Earth Day

This bonus block was released in honor of Earth Day, April 22, 2016. To make it, I broke my rule of not using blue in my blocks (I set up that constraint to challenge myself to explore other colors, because I love blue) because the earth in the center is supposed to be blue and green, of course. I found a mostly-purple batik with a little blue and green and used that for two of the wedges.

I am thrilled with how the quilting on this one turned out. I wanted to surround the center earth circle with lots of little patterns to suggest the universe. I was a little nervous about trying that in such a small space, but I love the final effect. I echoed the center circle to set it off first. Then I quilted radiating lines in every other patch, then filled in with paisley swirls and pebbles in the remaining patches. For once, I couldn’t be happier with the result!

quilted block
Earth Day

Earth Day is a bonus block from the Splendid Sampler quilt-along and was designed by Cheryl Arkison. You can still get the PDF pattern on the block’s Splendid Sampler page.

What do you think?