It's a new month and it's my turn again to teach a project for Creativebug's Block of the Month series. Have you been following along with Anna Maria Horner, Carolyn Friedlander, and myself so far this year? April is devoted to my Homage block, which is one of my favorite designs.
You can find the complete instructions for my Homage block in my Creativebug class here. My design was inspired by the work of one of my favorite artists, Josef Albers, and in particular, his Homage to the Square series of paintings.
Albers created many of these paintings as experiments in color and how colors react with each other. This version is his Homage to the Square: With Rays from 1959 and is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
When I first began quilting, I knew that I wanted to incorporate Albers' squares into a patchwork project. One of the first quilts that I ever made was Anni, back in 2011, and its design was most definitely an homage to Albers' work. However, rather than duplicating his design, I shifted my nestled squares so that they sit on the same plane, as opposed to being framed by one another as they are in the Homage to the Square works.
Here's another version of Anni that I made a couple of years ago. I think it's a great project to showcase your favorite colors and give you a chance to play with large scale piecing. You can find the pattern for it here in my shop if you'd like to make your own version.
Over the years, I've played with this simple design many times, and in many scales, from the large quilt blocks of Anni, which by the way, was named after Josef's wife, Anni Albers, who was an incredible textile artist who designed fabrics and weavings of all sorts. I also included a similar design in my book, Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday and used the blocks to demonstrate color theory ideas, which I thought was quite fitting, as Albers is considered by many to be the modern expert on the topic.
The Homage block on Creativebug is a great design, especially for beginners because it comes together so easily that it's virtually foolproof. It's a clean modern block that would be a great start to a quilt or a pillow as well, which is how I finished it in Quilt Local. And it's one of my all-time favorites! I can't wait to see your versions of the Homage block. Share them on social media using the hashtag #homageblock so we can all follow along!