Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"vintage port" top finished

not a great photo, taken with my phone

I'm sort of proud of myself for designing a block that turned out the way I pictured it. Do you ever have a vision of a thing while you lie in the dark in bed? Quilts flash in my head. Sometimes I remember them. I pictured this one draped over the back of a sofa.

I wanted diamonds, not squares. So I had to create this template. After piecing each block, they needed to be squared up with my square tool. I should have taken pictures while I did it. Even though the template needs tweaking so the square is more precise, I have to say that I LOVE squaring off the square with this tool. Oh man. LOVE. And then the final piecing is easy and satisfying, because the squares are perfect and seams match up for sewing together the rows.

I know, this does not sound very improv, does it? Maybe the evolving quiltist in me is finding a pattern that makes me happy.

I can see doing this in a hundred combinations. But can I do what Hopewell or others do and repeat the same pattern again and again? Would I enjoy doing color and fabric "studies" a la Josef Albers? This is not answerable at this time.


  1. Three cheers! It's a wonderful pattern and works so well with all the fabrics you used. I love seeing how you grow with your quilting!

  2. You can be darn-tootin' proud of yourself, dear Sister. I love this...and how it can keep evolving inside of you. BRAVA (all the way from England), :)