Right after Spring Quilt Market I managed to snag a couple bundles of the then-upcoming new Cotton + Steel collections. Clearly working to get them early wasn’t really necessary, as I’m only just now (while attempting to snag a couple of the new C+S bundles just shown at Fall Quilt Market – ha!) finally getting around to finishing a quilt out of one of the bundles.
These prints are from Kim Kight’s Lucky Strikes line, along with a few matching solids and a print or two that paired well with this grouping. I originally thought I’d do something with stripes, so cut up all the fat quarters into strips and sewed them together. After sewing them all together, I decided it wasn’t working for me so I set it aside. Strangely enough, while I have no problem leaving quilt tops for years, unfinished blocks really bug me. For some reason I just can’t let them go. These strips kept hounding me, so finally I decided to pull them back out and make something, anything, out of them.
I ultimately cut them into triangles, thinking I’d maybe do some flying geese, but then didn’t like it once cut. Luckily while messing around with them on the design wall I decided I liked them rearranged into these squares. If I had planned to sew them together like this from the start I could have made sure the fabrics all lined up, but luckily I kind of like that there are a few non-matching squares.
I love this Espresso yarn dyed Essex from Robert Kaufman, and felt it made a nice background for these printed squares. I mixed them up with the pieced squares and threw them up on the design wall. Even though it’s in no way what I originally imagined, I’m still pleased with how it turned out. And guess what? Now I can put it away in a closet and no longer obsess over the unfinished blocks!
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