I began by dividing the block into five areas. There are several ways of doing this but I chose the block corners as area 1, the background (area inside the corners and outside the petals) as area 2, the petals as area 3, the "lines" as area 4, the 4 small squares around the centre as area 5. The small centre square usually ended up matching the petals.
|Here we have a light background around strong petals and centre squares. The light lines really stand out on this one (I decided to emphasize the lines by paying attention to the direction of the print on the fabric.)|
|The stronger background area encloses the bright petals.|
|Here the petals and lines seem to float above the lighter fabrics.|
|Light petals anchored by the surrounding fabrics. The small squares around the centre are just a bit darker than the petals and seem to add dimension.|
Here are some more Wildflower blocks made by my friends.
|My friend Louise framed the red petals with the strong print -- this reminds me of a flower against the leaves.|
|Marie made three blocks in bright spring greens for a table runner.|
|Carol used a large scale print for the petals, and the centre square provides a bright focus point.|
|Kim made cherry blossoms by constructing blocks in two sizes and placing them on an angle.|