I was madly trying to finish up Christmas presents prior to our holiday departure, and I had to resist working on this stacked block pillow idea I had that matches not a thing in our home. None the less, I am really liking a few of Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley and was itching to try them out. I also have an affinity for any fabric that is purple. And then Sarah placed a bolt of the new Anna Maria Horner flannel next to the Purple Hope Valley at the shop and I needed some of that too. The colors are a perfect match. The solids are both Carolina Chambray. It’s my favorite solid. Deep and rich in texture, and so much easier to work with than linen.
I like to call this technique tumbling blocks in my Improv Patchwork Class. Strip piecing at an angle. Then do what we all like to do, cut bits of fabric that you have just sewn apart and sew them together again.
It’s a perfect blend of some free cutting and some precise piecing. Of course you could just not line anything up, and square up later, but I’m too anal for such things.
Here it is tumbling:
I was so excited with how it turned out I didn’t even notice that I had forgotten to do the stitching I had planned. Darn.
I’ll have to remember to post my inspiration for this, the ad has been pinned to my inspiration board for ages. Patiently waiting for the perfect fabric I guess.
I have in my mind a whole Tumbling Blocks Quilt. Just as soon as I finish up the other three that are floating around unfinished.
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