I put together the basics on making this block here: Let's Grow Roses and the guidelines for the blocks we are making on the block lotto blog, here: Roses in Bloom for the August Block Lotto.
The guidelines and suggestions are meant to leave a lot of leeway for personal expression in these liberated blocks while having enough structure that all the blocks we make will play nicely with one another. It's always hard to know where to draw that line.
Here are the other three rose blocks I've made so far.
The funny thing–funny to easily amused me anyway–was how, as I made the blocks, I found myself creating rules for myself that went far beyond my own suggestions and guidelines for everyone. In the interest of sharing my process and the way I wrapped my head around this block, here are my rules.
- Begin with a five-sided center, cut so none of the corners are square
- Choose fabrics that are light, medium and dark values of the same color; include one or two that are multicolor prints, but still predominately whatever color the rose is I'm making.
- Add "logs" that are wedge shaped, increasing in width as they wrap around the center.
For a look at what others have on their design wall, check out Judy's blog post Design Wall Monday - August 2, 2010.