100 Blocks: Navajo Nights

Inspirations for quilts often come from other art forms. A couple of years ago, my husband whisked me away to Santa Fe. A wonderful art show was going on that same week. I love art shows! Enjoying all the beautiful colors and designs in the native American art was the most thrilling part of the week for me. A few simple designs have been in the back of my mind ever since.

As I was contemplating a design for our 100 Blocks issue, I thought about what I could make with 2 1/2″ strips. Thinking back on the Santa Fe art inspirations, I realized that 2 1/2″ strips would work perfectly in one of the designs. My block, Navajo Nights, was born. I’m partial to batiks and I found Timeless Treasure’s Tonga Batiks Ice collection had just the cool blues and purples I was looking for.

I played with a couple of layouts in Electric Quilt 6 to see what multiple blocks would look like. In a straight set, the background fabric mimics the gray and purple design in the original block.

100 block 300x300 100 Blocks: Navajo Nights

76″ x 76″

Using an on point setting (blending the same background fabric into the setting blocks and setting triangles), the block is tilted and looks less busy. Maybe it needs a more interesting pieced border.

100 block on point 300x300 100 Blocks: Navajo Nights

70″ x 70″

Help me decide between these settings. Leave me a comment about which setting appeals to you more and why. After 10 a.m. MST on Wednesday, November 11th, I’ll randomly pick a winner from the comments to win a 100 Blocks issue.

Wow! I still can’t decide which setting to use. You are all pretty equally divided about which you like better. Thanks for all your feedback. Perhaps I’ll play a little more in EQ to create some interesting borders for the on-point setting. Then I’ll gather all my 2 1/2″ strips and make both.

In the meantime, #38 Beth Patrick was randomly picked as the winner of another 100 Blocks issue. Congratulations Beth!

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