First up, is my completed Block 5 for Reach for the Stars. It went together great. I ignored the directions for the most part and made my HSTs with 2 1/2″ squares sewn together on both sides of the diagonal, trimmed down to be 2″ unfinished HSTs. Not much waste at all. The large, focus HSTs (four of them) – I still cut as directed because of the fussy cutting and I wanted as much of the floral motif to be in the block as possible. I changed up the fabric choice a little in the center. It was originally all the same light background.
I brought my block to work today, so I could take a picture on our conference table and do my post during the lunch break. Black print is from American Gothic, the light background is from Little Black Dress II (ordered me some more of that one!), floral is from the Palm Court panel (really looking like swiss cheese now!), and the center swirly black/white is from Downton Abbey. I didn’t have enough of the sashing fabric, so I’ll have to add it later this week when it comes in.
I also decided on my backing fabric. I wanted to make sure I would be able to get enough when it was time, so I placed my order with Rossville Quilts for multiple yards of this SKU from the Palm Court collection by Benartex:
Black with the same floral motif as the panel and a hint of gold metallic tones. I have a fat quarter of this one already, so I know it will go just perfectly.
Look at what else I got in the mail yesterday! Lori Holt’s new booklet!!
She is showcasing her upcoming collection called “Vintage Happy” and I am definitely going to make the feature quilt in it. Fat Quarter Shop is kitting the quilt, and they say you will have enough leftover to “start” the bonus quilt also (the one with the dark navy background on the cover photo above). I think this fabric will play nicely with my other Lori Holt hoard of fabrics, and even with Happy Go Lucky or Avalon (which I may have a few bits of as well).
Here is picture of the inside cover, giving you another look at Vintage Happy:
Did anyone else pre-order the book – or also planning on getting this? You may recall my participation in the AYOS sew along this year, where we did the CLOVER pattern by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company. It is also based on an album block.
The difference here is that Lori has you square off each block in her method, and add sashing, etc… She also adds another round of squares. I struggled a lot with Clover because of the long diagonal row piecing you had to do. However, I loved the result!
Well, back to work work work work work. I hate how it interferes with my play time!
All the best,