About a million years ago...okay, only 5 years ago...I belonged to a block swap. (Actually, I belonged to several in a 3 year period. I'll have to think about doing that sort of thing again.) At any rate, April of 2010 (see what I mean...a million years ago!) was my month to have blocks made. I opted for churn dash and monkey wrench blocks...one of each was made by the other 11 quilters. I got back from 10 of them, so I have 20 blocks that are sized at 12 1/2 inches. The fabric collection is Wildrose by Brannock and Patek for Moda.
I designated this weekend for fun sewing, remember? So, I thought...why not? I spent a few hours yesterday looking at the fabrics and making sure I knew how I wanted to proceed. And, I cut squares...and more squares! Lots of squares! Some to make into half-square triangles and some to make into 4-patch blocks and some to remain as squares.
Here is a photo of the original quilt I was inspired by. I would happily give credit, but even back then, I lost track of the information. I apologize for this...it is a beautiful quilt, for sure!
For some reason, Tag and I were up at 4:00 this morning. No reason...more his idea than mine. But, there it is. So, by the time 7:30 rolled along, 90% of the chores I wanted to do today were done. All that was left to do was laundry (which is still waiting for me). So, I played.
The first thing I did was to rethink the size of the quilt. With 20 blocks, the quilt would have 4 blocks across and 5 blocks down. With the added pieces, the blocks will finish at 16 inches. Add in the 8 inch borders and the quilt would measure 80 x 96 inches. Hmmmm...nope. I have no need for a quilt that large. Okay, time to think about what I am going to do with the quilt. Keep it or sell it? More than likely, I will keep it. Just because. So, what will I do with it? More than likely, it will end up as a lap quilt. I could go 3 across and 4 down...that would put it at 64 x 80 inches...which is a little large for me as a lap quilt. Well, then...how about 3 blocks across and 3 blocks down? That would work...64 x 64 inches. Okay, but I have 20 blocks. Well, I could make 2 quilts, I suppose. Haha...we shall see. Let's get one done, first. ~grin~
All of that being said, I am going to play it by ear and just plug away at this until it's where I want it to be. So. Here is the first block I completed...
Remember, the churn dash and monkey wrench blocks were already done. All I am doing is adding 7 pieces to one side and the top or bottom. One block at a time.
It is a gloomy, rainy day. Perfect for sewing and listening to music.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11