The lozenge shape is becoming pretty popular. Perhaps it has been and I have just noticed…again. I have thought on and off about the lozenge shape over the years. I wrote a post about it back in 2012.
Recently Valerie posted about her blue and gold trellis quilt. I also saw a pattern in Block magazine (Spring volume 2, issue 2) called Goodnight Irene as well as a quilt at the Fair that put it firmly back in my mind. I also saw the former advertised as a pattern from Quilting Quickly, a Fons & Porter magazine from 2013, which tells me it hasn’t hit the scene this week. I suppose I will have to look up the history of the blocks.
I think Amanda’s pillow from a 2012 meeting made me aware of the shape again and the MSQC project put it in the front. The possibility of using the ‘flippy corners’ method of making the shapes make the project more pleasant. I also think that the opportunity to use scraps is appealing. I am thinking of the Scrapitude Carnivale quilt and how much I like it and using a similar palette.
I am not sure why I like that shape. The boldness of the X shape even when it is used as negative space? The ability to use scraps for the alternate blocks, if desired? The option to highlight either the lozenges or make them the background? The possibility to incorporate scraps as well?
As you can see from the two examples, the negative space is reversed and gives you two different looks from the same quilt pattern. Yes, Goodnight Irene has more piecing in the squares, but you know what I mean. I like them both.