This one turned out awesome. I can honestly say that I am thoroughly exhausted, as this quilt top was pretty much constructed between yesterday and today.
OK so for a quick refresher, here is the block I found in a magazine:
And here is last months version of this block made into a quilt top:
For this month’s quilt top, I had decided when I was constructing last month’s that I wanted to use this purple dyed fabric with white. Beyond that, I hadn’t made any commitments. About midway through February, I had a chance to do some coloring, to get an idea of what I wanted to do:
You can see I drew the blocks together, and then put sashing with darker cornerstones around the outside. I originally planned on putting the blocks together, but thought again that without sashing, it would be too muddled. When I added the sashing and matched the centers to it color-wise, I really liked the look.
So yesterday, realizing how late it was in the month, I got to work. I really didn’t procrastinate, I was working on this for a client for the Dallas Quilt Show:
It took me (literally) 2 full weeks to quilt. If you get out to the show, look for it!
Then I volunteered to make this one for a store model:
It’s hanging at Quilt Country if you’d like to see it in person. I picked up the fabrics Sunday and brought it back, pieced, quilted and bound Thursday morning.
I’ve been quite prolific this month.
Anyway, back to the block…
So I cut my strips and squares and after deciding to use only plain white for the blocks, cut that too. I found this light purple (left) I thought would be great for the centers and sashing, but it seemed sort of bland. So I took what I thought might end up as the border (right) and put that behind some pieces to see how that would look instead. The blocks came alive!!
So I cut what I needed from that and somehow got everything assembled today! I used the white as a small inner border and the dyed purple as an outer border and I LOVE how this turned out!
I also ensured the placement was correct on the blocks, so the arrows REALLY come through! It has a much cleaner look than last months quilt top, perhaps that had too many colors mixed in. At any rate, I am really happy with this result!
I will definitely get to work on the next month’s version of this block sooner than I did this month! I will post soon about garden progress and other things. In the meantime, happy quilting my friends!