And I promised a closer look, so here we go:
The individual block is called Nine Patch Straight Furrow. You can see there are two light fabrics, a medium and a dark. The light shading is subtle. That's what we were trying to achieve.
The block came from this book:
I purchased my copy at ThreadBear, my local quilt shop. I'm linking up to their website because they do web orders and because shopping local is my first step when looking for something I'd like, quilty-wise.
Here's is one block, close up, so you can get a sense of the subtle shading and texture created by using two "whites" or lights. We used a white on white dot paired with Moda Grunge Basics Mint. Yes, there is a touch of minty green in this white.
ThreadBear is now accepting quilts for long-arm quilting, so that's who quilted it. I love how the pattern is centered and reaches out to the block's sides and corners. (Just so you know, I work there once in a while, but didn't receive any compensation for mentioning them in this post. I am just so happy they are near--well, for me, 29 miles near.)
We knew what colors our friend loves, so left it up to the individual quilters in the group as to which fabrics to use. It shows how well we work together that all the blocks look great together.
And it's amazing how a traditional block can be made new by using fresh fabrics in a contemporary setting.