Using one or two bold graphic fabrics in a block is a challenger but to do a entire CQ block with bold prints and make it work is something to behold... Not only did Cathy Kizarian do one block with bold prints but an entire quilt "African Images"...and it works beautifully. The quilt speaks for itself but I do want to point out just a few things.
The orange is obviously the power color and the color that moves your eye around the block...and again there is a lovely quiet space around the focal point...the black around the giraffe....
but Cathy has actually used the directional patterns in the print to also work a path around the block.
There is one bit of clever whimsy that I don't want you to miss. The patch upper left of the giraffe repeats all the colors of giraffe patch and Cathy has cleverly put in the little vine that connects the two patches and a bite for the giraffe.. I love it.
And as you look throughout the quilt notice how the embellishments work beautifully with the bold fabrics they are paired with....
This next block has patches that coordinate....perfect harmony
Besides the fabrics with lines she chose elements with bold graphic shapes such as the ones I circled plus the band of fringe which echoes the headband on the woman.