Ever since I saw this block posted by Julie in GA at quiltandcostumes.blogspot.com I have been obsessed with the way the Folded Box block has a 3-D effect if done in the right choice of fabrics. I love working with color and this block is really fun to work with. You can't tell if the 3-D effect works until you lay out the cut pieces.
There must be contrast with light, medium and dark pieces. Some colors are a real challenge, such as red and also yellow, the color for June at Rainbow Scrap Challenge at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com . Both of those colors have a very narrow range from light to dark. Here is my yellow block for this month. I make them at 12 inches finished.
I was not sure if I could do this without getting the dark pieces into brown. However, the paisley print I found mixes the two shades to appear as dark gold. It is definitely not brown. For the light pieces I chose the brightest light yellow I could find to stand out as the main color. And the batik is just on the edge between yellow and orange.
These Folded Box blocks are truly a WIP because I do one a month until I have a rainbow at the end of the year. I use the pattern found in patchwork squares.com in the 12-inch category, but called Folded Corners. It has a good GIF pattern.
I'm linking up today with Needle and Thread at myquiltinfatuation.com.