Pieces of the Past sampler quilt. All nine blocks are on the Legend and Lace website to download. This is without a doubt the most complex of the blocks. You need to make it in segments, then join them like a Nine Patch.
Next month I will write the instructions on how to join the blocks, with the sashings and the borders. All the finishing off stuff - working on the assumption that you will all be ready to finish it :-)).
What is next? Well I am still doing the Rose Garden BOM; working on the Mrs Vigors quilt, which a couple of the local shops have asked me to teach; applique the Calico Paradise from Collector with a Needle......and all the other half finished projects.
Scrap quilts are still happening. Our workshop on 3rd May is just about full, and I have a couple of commissions from Aust quilting magazines for some scrap quilts. You know what? No matter how many of these scrap quilts I make, I never have any less fabrics in my cupboard, or any less mess in my sewing room. What do you think? Does it breed?
Now, some words of wisdom. You know I love Scrap Quilts, and I love books, and I love antique quilts. I was reading through one of Gwen Marston's books - I think it was Liberated Medallion quilts. She writes that people often ask her how she gets that lovely scrappy look of her quilts. She states that she actually uses scraps- it helps! People ask me how I choose my fabrics - I just put my hand in the box and if it is not the same as the last fabric I used then it gets a run. Then I just work on light and dark - get some contrast in there. Don;t spend too much time thinking about it, that is what makes them seem bland or contrived.