Hi there! I can't believe it's taken me till today to get back here. I guess I've been busy, but mostly it's boring stuff. But yesterday I decided to take a few minutes and make something for the heck of it.
Months ago I was on Pinterest and I saw the cutest vintage quilt. Quick go take a look and come right back, here's the link. I just loved that quilt. Ok, maybe the layout is kind of funky but I love it, and what a cute scallop border. I bet I know where I can get some easy scallops! I tried a bunch of different ways to get something that had the same visual appeal without the curved piecing for a couple of reasons. 1. I'm pretty lazy and not always the best piecer so that project seemed doomed from the start. 2. I don't want to cut all those pieces out because I have the dexterity of a toddler when it comes to templates. And don't even get me started with my attention span. Nonexistant.
But I had what I thought was a pretty genius idea. I have a Go! Baby, so I ordered the Drunkard's Path 3 1/2 inch finished die. I cut 4 squares of blue fabric and put fusible web on the back and then ran them through the cutter. The die has little notches for matching up to the coordinating pieces for the background, but I just nipped those off with my scissors. Then I fused it to a square and I had the center of the block! Of course I used my favorite die for the leaves and circles, the Go! Rose of Sharon.. I use that die a lot. I know, you think the red circle is too small, it might be, I have to wait to trim down the block to decide. The stem might be too long, the circle too small, there's still tinkering to do, but ohmygosh it's cute. Ok, to me anyway.
Imagine my surprise when looking through my cool Japanese block book that I found almost same block. I also looked it up in the Barbara Brackman Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns and there are several names for this block and similar blocks, Posies Around the Square, Dandelion Quilt, The Posey Quilt, Spice Pinks and Sweetheart Garden.
I found another picture on Pinterest that lead me to Pinkadot Quilt's blog. You can see a post here where she's working on the quilt and it's adorable in cheerful colors. You can check out this fun post by Barbara Brackman about the Posey Quilt! More setting ideas. I am super thrilled with my block and if I end up making a quilt out of it I'll share my instructions here. It won't be the traditional method, but it might be a method the average quilting toddler could make. Like me.
Ok, have a super week friends!!! I hope you're having fun! xop