Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Mixed Signals, Part One
When I first saw Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda, I immediately saw piers, boardwalks, and boats. I've been holding on to two charm packs for weeks now, trying to decide how I could put together a mini quilt with a nautical theme that would suit this fabric. Over the weekend it finally came to me: signal flags. Each three inch block in this quilt is one of the international code flags used to represent certain messages as well as letters of the alphabet -- you can follow the letters from A to Z as you go from left to right, top to bottom. I had originally planned to sash the quilt in white to make it a little brighter, but since white is one of the main colors for the flags, I thought that grey would make it stand out a little better.
I can't tell you how much fun I had making the blocks for this quilt. Sometimes piecing can be a bit tedious, doing the same block over and over for a project. Every block was a new challenge with this one, and I enjoyed figuring out how to put each one together while staying inside the size requirement. I have to fix a few puckers in the fabric this morning before attaching the binding, but I'm really loving the way this has turned out.
I seem to have a boatload (no pun intended) of projects going this week, including this week's Zakka pincushion and a paper piecing pattern to test. It's all good stuff, though, so I'm happy.
Linking up to Work In Progress Wednesday.