I did blog initially about the fabric choices and the cutting and then my efforts got set to the side. As usual. There were many other things that got in the way. I had a lot of pink in my stash. Only when I began to make my choices did I discover that many of my pinks were similar in value. If you lay them side by side, and take an iPhone photo, then convert it to grayscale, it shows the value. Who would know! And my original choice of pinks from stash were very similar. I shuffled them all around, asked Yvonne for advice, and ordered up the shortfall. Hence I was still on the first quartile and everybody else was bounding ahead.
I did what I always do. Set it to the side. Set to the side but not forgotten. Once the #christmashats were all stashed in the loft, and the sewing machine came back out, I got stuck in.
I made quarter 1 and quarter 3 first, then realised that each quarter was repeated. This made quarters 2 and 4 a dream. I have devised a system, I think I will patent it. I lay the completed block on the kitchen work top. I lay all the cut pieces for the next block on top and sew them and lay them back. Of course, this is only successful if the first block is sewn up correctly! It is usually at this stage I notice my blunders. To my credit, or rather due to Yvonne's very precise instructions, all were present and correct. Here are my blocks, in no particular order.
All four quarters finished, the fun began. Yvonne had given variations on layout in her instructions, and the associated FB page showcased what everybody else had done. Being a l.ittle Behind, this gives a wide range of options to choose from.
One of Yvonne's original options
the chasing corners layout
For me there was really no choice. What I liked initially about this quilt was the movement. The transparency of movement. The blocks seemed to float above and into each other. Some of the other layouts I felt had less movement. As occasionally Mr Vertigo is my close companion, it is not like me to like fabric with movement. These have enough movement for me to fall in love, but not enough movement for me to hold onto the walls or the nearest available person.
Yvonne knows when I say this, it is not a reflection on her in anyway. I know her design is completely original to her, her design, her concept and not influenced in any way. Least of all by a 1970s British sitcom, BUT, when I see my quilt I find myself humming the theme tune of Dad's Army. And honestly, Yvonne, this is a nice warm feeling and another reason why I chose this layout.
hums, "who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler, if you think old England's done, we are the boys ....." much loved by 3 generations, maybe even 4 generations of my family.
To date, I have all 4 quarters made, pieced and nearly finished quilting.
This blogpost however, is long enough already. Hopefully by my next post, the quilt will be a finish, or a nearly finish. See you again on Friday.
linking up with Lets Bee Social, Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts
linking up with Beth, Cooking Up Quilts
and looking forward to linking up my finish with Quilting Jet Girl!