|Before and after piecing a 4" block|
Thursday was a rare day when I found myself caught up and not having to run any errands, i.e., no distractions to disrupt hours of studio time. Can't tell you how excited I was to greet the day knowing this and dive back into the sea and sand quilt. I started with this smallest section which I laid out on my 6 inch square ruler. This quilt is made up of just uneven 9-patch blocks with 4-patches in each corner, but the designer, Tammy Silvers, has made them more interesting by stretching them this way and that. This small block and the large block below it are the only totally square blocks in the top. Been a terribly long time since I pieced small blocks like this; the 4-patch squares are cut at 1-1/4 x 1-1/4, the finished block just 4 inches square plus seam allowances.
|Finished top @ 41" x 52"|
Fortunately, the other sections are mostly large blocks that went together quickly, not all on Thursday, but finished up yesterday. Time to consider backing, check to see if I have the proper batting and get it layered up for quilting.
Using someone else's pattern is always a bit of a leap of faith. It does you no good if there's an error that is corrected in the next issue of the magazine or on-line - what are the chances that you would notice that? So with each section that went together perfectly and then sections themselves also joining together perfectly, there was a smile of relief. This has been such an enjoyable project, and I'm having the rare thought that I'd like to make it again in different colors. I'm generally a "once is enough, too many other patterns to try" sort of gal. Not sure why this one has me thinking differently. If you're interested in this pattern, you can purchase the back issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine that it appeared in here (October/November 2015).