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5 Tips for Designing Your Own Quilt Blocks

Sara Curtis

AccuQuilt's 8th Annual 2017 Quilt Block Design Contest is under way and if you have been searching the internet for inspiration, you are probably overwhelmed by the thousands of images that appear. Don't worry, Ellen Schmidt, Meissner Sewing's resident Accuquilt expert has outlined five basic tips to help you design a quilt block that is uniquely you.

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#1:  Use a Design Board to create your block. Wrap 100% cotton batting around white foam core board. Quilting fabrics stick and can be easily re-positioned while designing your block.

#2: Work with fabrics that inspire you. When you love the fabrics, you will be more likely to love the results. Using fabrics and colors that inspire you will help your creativity bloom and make the design process more fun.

#3: Modify an existing quilt block. Without a place to start, looking in books or online for ideas can be intimidating. Begin the process by creating a classic, existing quilt block pattern from your AccuQuilt dies. Then begin making adjustments one at a time.

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#4: Try out different shapes. Turn squares into half square triangles, or merge those squares into a larger rectangle. Changing the balance of the quilt block can have a big impact.

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#5: Turn up the volume on your inner critic. Don't be afraid to ask "What if I change something else?" Then work to answer the question to further the design process. Take photos along the way, so if you stumble, you can always go back to what you had before.

So now that you are armed with how to start designing your quilt block, we can't wait to see what you come up with.  Good Luck!

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