The Shadow Box Quilting Block
The unit above uses value with the dark and light side. See how this looks when the blocks are grouped at the bottom.
This is a very easy and frugal block to piece. It is a 4 patch. The large block takes up 3 of the patches. Using simple measurements, and having each grid finish at 2 inches, you cut the large square 6 1/2 inches raw.
You cut the vertical rectangle 2 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches raw. Then you sew these units together (The vertical seam in the picture to the left).
The bottom unit is cut the width of the block - 2 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches raw. The a small square, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 raw is attached to the corner, sewn on the diagonal and pressed back. It is the same technique used in making the flying geese block.
All that is left to do it sew the top unit to the bottom unit.
Here is the effect you get when you use value with this block.
Here is the block framing a novelty fabric. This block looks better when you can see it closer, and view the print more clearly.