If any of you know me at all, you have realized that throughout my quilting life I could count the number of quilt patterns I have used on one hand (not counting bags and things). I always want to make my projects unique. So, often I just use a block or two, or just get the measurements and then wing it. Or make up my own patterns. This drives my pattern-following friends crazy!
What led to this change in habit?
I won a book. :)
I won the Holiday Wishes book by Sherri Falls of This and That Pattern company from The Fat Quarter Shop. You can get your own HERE. (no affiliate or compensation)
As I was glancing through the book on a 100 degree day, I was not thinking about wintertime holidays. I was thinking about a icy lemonade by the pool. Then it hit me. Why not? There are no rules to fabric picks. I decided on the Midnight Clear Block of the Month pattern and switched up the color scheme.
Block 1 cut and ready.
Then of course there are all of the little triangle cut off pieces. I
hate really dislike wasting any bit of fabric. And even these teeny little triangle call to me to make something from them. Do you keep these little bits? Do you have a go-to project for using them?
When measuring each of my final 9 squares to make the block, they weren't coming out right. The pattern said 4 1/2", most of mine were closer to 4 1/4". I had measured my seam allowance before starting, I don't know what was wrong. If using this pattern has taught me anything, it has made me realize that I need accuracy practice. Because I usually just have a quilt size that is what it is, rather than aiming for an exact measurement, I am not used to this. I want this one to be just right. I might end up making this block over just to get that perfect measurement. Also, I am not totally pleased with the color arrangement. I think I should have swapped the teal and pink.
If I end up re-doing this I'll find some purpose for this block. It is a super pretty block and I love the skill building involved with it. I can't wait to get started on block number two!
I'll be linking up with:
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio