This pattern was featured in Quiltmania 111 - 114 in 2016. Yes, I'm late to the party, but since there is no schedule on starting a new quilt, I'm OK with this. The pattern caught my eye after I saw it finished. My friend gave me a private bed turning at her home full of quilts and antiques, and I knew I had to make this pattern.
This is block A, stitched but not pressed. It is also missing the corners that consist of 2 triangles on each side. I've been cutting them as I go along and will add them once my blocks are on the design wall. Petra's PinDot in Lighthouse was chosen for the background so I ordered a bolt from Reproduction Fabrics and HERE is the page with all the available colors.
Having a cell phone to snap pictures is the best way to keep things organized. I have created a folder in my phone and now I have a color road map when I start stitching these blocks. This block as 60(?) pieces that needed to be picked, traced, and cut out....whew!
The other advantage of having a phone handy is that you can revisit your choices before they are stitched together. (sort of) I did stitch the little triangle to my fussy cut Margo Krager gorgeous ombre floral and have since replaced it with a different fabric. She also has solids in ombre and they are beautiful. I love the Betsy Chutchian print from Elinore's Endeavor collection for the background pieces. With a quick search, I could only find the brown or pink colorway, but I'm sure if you searched a bit more the blue might still be available. This whole line is gorgeous.
Being scrappy, it takes a lot of time to pull, audition, press, draw, cut, layout, refold and put back each piece of fabric. I've spent over an hour just prepping each block, but this is the time consuming part.
I couldn't resist fussy cutting this block with this paisley. Having all the photos in one folder allows me to see how the blocks will play together without having to transfer all the pieces of each block to the design wall. This one will get along quite nicely with all the other blocks. Oh, how I love a good paisley!
This center fabric has been waiting in the wings for it's place in this quilt, and the center of this block is exactly the right spot! Yellow, navy, pink paisley! Small pieces of these types of fabrics make big impacts.
The fabrics in both rings have also been pulled and set aside, waiting for the right block. I'm super excited to start the stitching.
There is a border of 1/2 square triangles and each block has 2 triangles to complete the square. I've been cutting these as I create each block. Great tip from my friend. Since this pattern was published as a 4 part series, these are some details that are good to know before you put all those fabrics away.
Along with my photo of each block, I have enclosed a line drawing road map in each block that is bagged up for easy stitching.
Yes, this is a messy project. Believe it or not, I've cleaned up this area several times and it continues to look like a bomb went off. Oh but it's a glorious mess, one that will result in a beautiful quilt.
I hope this post gives you a peek behind the curtain, so when you start to see my finished blocks posted on my IG #grassrootsquilting you won't be thinking "oh my, look how fast she works" These types of projects have a lot of "behind the scenes" work. The slogging through parts, the process parts. The fun part is having pieces of fabric ready to stitch together in the evenings, the early mornings when you are the first one up, the few minutes waiting in your car for your appointment time. This is how these glorious quilts become a reality.
From my messy to studio to your home, I am wishing everyone good health, time with family and friends, getting fresh air and activity, and, of course the very best of the Christmas season. Keep stitching, Sharon