Point, Counterpoint

QM JONES 300x300 Point, Counterpoint

Point, Counterpoint

My commute is a 30-minute drive from my home in the Rocky Mountains – I live at about 9,000 feet – down the “hill” to Golden, Colorado. The drop of some 3,000 feet means driving through a range of terrain and often, a variety of weather. I can leave home in bright sun, above the clouds, then drive through the clouds and mist into more sun. All along the way, there is a feast of light and shadow playing off the blue sky and green pines. In designing my quilt block – Point, Counterpoint – I wanted to capture that kaleidoscopic range of light and dark, blue and green highlighted by golden rays.

The Rocky Mountains team with life – with plants and streams, with birds and mammals as small as voles and deer mice and as large elk and moose. And there are the indigenous bighorn sheep, the males with their massive curved horns standing sentinel above the tunnels carved from rock. Nothing stands still. There is something new to see each day. I wanted my block to speak to that motion, the cycle of life where I live.

Those who know me know I love to foundation piece. In fact some would say I will jump through hoops to turn most any quilt pattern in a foundation-piecing project. You’ll find my block on page 37 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Best Blocks, right in the middle of the section of foundation-pieced blocks. I chose fabrics from the Stonehenge Collection from Northcott for two reasons: I’d been admiring a stack of fat quarters from this collection for weeks, and there are so many wonderful fabrics in the collection, I could find the full range of blues, greens and golds I wanted. And you have to love the touch of metallic gold that glints off this fabric much like the sun sparkles off Clear Creek, the mountain stream that carved the route I commute.

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131 Responses to Point, Counterpoint

  1. candace says:

    Just love the movement of this block….it’s just outstanding!

  2. Shelly R says:

    I adore this block

  3. Tammy Hempel says:

    Very nice block. Paper piece blocks are right up my ally. Congratulations on the magazine. Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Lyn says:

    Very pretty block, especially with all those shades of blue.

  5. laura says:

    Beautiful block. Great fabric choice.

  6. Kaye M. says:

    When I first saw your block, I thought it showed so much depth! You really were talking about alot of depth when traveling from your home to Golden! Its a great block.

  7. Jamie says:

    i love the colors in your block. It looks like it would go together really quick. Thanks for sharing your story about the inspiration behind the block.

  8. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Love your block. Love foundation paper-piecing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Carol C says:

    Beautiful block in beautiful fabrics. I like the stonehenge fabrics as well. Congrats on being chosen for the magazine.

  10. Linda says:

    I love that fabric, have looked at it several times…and you have made an amazing block with it, I LOVE It!

  11. ~Kathleen says:

    Dana, I absolutely LOVE this block. In fact I think it is my favorite of the whole batch! Congrats for being in the 100 Blocks #3. Marvelous masterful use of color and shading!

  12. vickit says:

    WOW! What an awesome block. It has such great contrast with the lighter and darker fabrics and the square parts in the block are wonderful. And metallic? WHO can resist that? Congrats on being in Issue 3. Just love this block.

  13. Lisa Broughton says:

    I do love your block. Where do you live in the Rocky Mountains “up” from Golden? I worked as a park naturalist at Golden Gate Canyon State Park for a year, fresh out of college. I also worked at a German restaurant in Blackhawk/Central City. I lived in Golden during the winter and had to warm up my 1975 Rabbit for 1/2 hr. before climbing in and driving the winding, hairpin turns up to the park every day. It was 1980. Do you live in Idaho Springs, by any chance? Lisa

  14. Melba says:

    Wow, I’m amazed by your block, it looks like a diamond, it’s stunning!!!!
    I’d love to win a subscription, *sigh*, it’s a wonderful prize!!!!

  15. Maryellen McAuliffe says:

    Great block, and love the fabric! I love the story behind the block, too. Great!

  16. Kris says:

    Love your block! It lights up as if it was in a stained glass window with the sun shining through. What a wonderful place to live to create such inspiration. Hope you will always find that place in your heart, you can see it through your work.

  17. Arianea says:

    Your block is gorgeous!! Love it!!

  18. Sheri says:

    Beautiful block. Thanks!

  19. Loved reading about your morning drive. I grew up in very flat ground. I just love mountains! Great block! I’m the opposite. I love regular piecing and avoid foundation piecing:) Have a great weekend!

  20. Barb Colvin says:

    The story behind the creation of your block really hits home with me. Having lived and camped in the Rockies, I can attest to the variety that nature has to offer there. The majesty of the main range still takes my breath away!

  21. Cindy W. says:

    Nice block, I love the colors. Wonder what it looks like on point. Thanks for a chance to win.
    Cindy W.

  22. Christie B. says:

    Great block! Congrats on getting Point, Counterpoint in Vol. 3! HUGS… and stitches

  23. Julie says:

    What a wonderful story for the block idea. I also like the hint of Sunshine with the gold accents.
    Congrats and thanks for the chance to win

  24. Claudia says:

    I do hope I don’t make you grind your teeth, Dana. I copied your Point, Counterpoint as a thumbnail to my desktop. I’ve been looking at it for a couple of days now, and it is a wonderful design. I just copied, resized, and pasted to make a 3 x 4 design and printed it out. Ah! I’m just so mesmerized by it. Darks, lights, shadows, highlights, spins and moves, secondary designs. Can you tell I’m in love? I can hardly wait for my copy of the magazine to arrive in the mail (I won a surprise copy on Friday.) I just wanted you to know how much I like this design.

  25. LisaT says:

    Interesting block. First look it looked so difficult but then I looked again and perhaps it is doable for me. I wish you would included the block design in a full size quilt layout – would loved to have seen that. Congrats!

  26. Deb says:

    LOVE the block! I have enjoyed the tour SO much! i’d love to win the newsletter sub.

  27. Helle says:

    Wow! That is a great block!! Love the colors, too!!

  28. Linda K says:

    Wow! I’m just getting lost in this wonderful blog tour. Your block jumped out at me, so I came to take a peak at your blog. You’re now on my daily read! Thanks!!

  29. Juanita says:

    I love this block. It is my favorite so far! Keeping the beauty alive with my quiltmaker subscription. I just got my latest issue and am enjoying it on Mothers Day. So happy!!

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  31. Elaine Carol Hickey says:

    I love the block,I am visiting my granddaughter in Washington State[ Puyallup]We stopped at a couple quiltshops and when I ask about Quiltmakers 100 blocks magazine ,they didn’t have it. I guess I will have to wait till I get home to New York where I bought Vol. 1&2. I need the book so I can try to make this block

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