I've been AWOS the past month (absent with out sewing) - as I worked on the renovations of my sewing room. I still have a few tweaks to go before I post the "before and afore" pictures (Munchkin's vocabulary - makes sense to me) but the GOOD news is that I am back up and sewing again.
I put my good machine in the shop for routine service during the renovations -and she's not back yet - so I am working with my older machine. I was hoping she'd do the job on a "quilt as you go" quilt assembly, but she was struggling.
So on a whim the other evening - I started playing with an idea I had seen somewhere off a lattice like "eye spy" quilt using rail fence type blocks and solid blocks. I did some calculations and figured out a 12.5" block using 2.5" strips and 6.5" squares. GASP - I even made a test block!!!!
Then I started digging in my stash. I have wanted to make a quilt using some of the orientals that Toshi and Miyuki brought me from Japan last Christmas. I also had some other orientals that people have given me over the years - and a few that I won in blogger giveaways. Funny thing is that I don't make a whole lot of oriental style/oriental themed things - but I do have this great stash of fabrics.
At first I thought I would make this "eye spy" style with different focus squares in each block, and a consistent neutral square, but then I found the fabrics that "clicked" and decided the "rail fence" blocks would be semi scrappy (5 different fabrics in the entire quilt) and the focus squares would all come from the same fabric.
The wave fabrics were 3 FQ's, and I actually 'ran out' before I was able to get all my strips cut. I mulled it over for an evening and a day, trying to figure out how to continue without unsewing (did I mention that this was one of those "wild whim" quilts where I was flying without a complete plan in place???) Luckily I had enough "scraps" to be able to piece a few rectangles as needed, and was able to finish up the pattern as envisioned.
I like the simplicity of this - and the large blocks do well to show off the large scale of many of the oriental fabrics. This one has a really masculine feel to it - perhaps it is the darker "rails" and the dragons?? But with some florals or other motifs, this is a quick and easy pattern that could go either way.
I am also contemplating this with smaller proportions - like 3" squares? It would be more delicate -but would be a good scrap buster!!!
Anyway - it feels good to be sewing again!