The votes are in and I'm going to take the popular opinion and make the Diamond Echos layout. Besides it's the one that's still up on the design wall so it's all ready to sew together.
While I was playing around with the quilt blocks I started thinking about this block. It was kind of odd that I naturally thought to put my HST blocks into a 4-patch before playing around with the quilt layout. It took some time but I eventually figured out why.
This quilt is why.
Sometime around 1999 I took a Spectacular Scraps class with Judy Hooworth and Margaret Rolfe in Houston. I enjoyed it so much that I convinced my guild to bring Judy here to teach the class to our group.
The technique is taught in their book, Spectacular Scraps, that's still available. They are the ones that taught me how to "let go" when making scrap quilts. Their process is focused more on color than value but I think I've evolved more to paying attention to value.
But the best part of their technique is the 4-patch HST block.
There's even a chart in the book showing the 256 ways to make a 4-patch HST block.
This is the quilt I made from the second class. I think I used 3 of the block arrangements for this one. It's still one of my favorite quilts. The funny thing about that first quilt is that it's the same 4-patch block that I'm using for my new scrap quilt.
Rediscovering the book has me wanting to make more of them so I'm going to cut out some new HST blocks to sew together as a 3rd project for my sewing Friday and Saturday at CSQ. My 2 scrap challenge projects don't fill the weekend so I need something else to work on.
In searching for fabrics I remembered these fabrics. These are some of the first fabrics that I ever dyed. I did them the first time that Anne forced me to dye fabric with her and they are my first attempt at mixing colors.
First I had to soak them because I knew that whatever process Anne and I used had not gotten out all of the excess dye. These 6 are my first attempt at dyeing a rainbow and it's probably the moment that I discovered that "light red" dye is really pink.
These are 16 fat eighths (2 yards) of a dyed white on muslin with a dragonfly motif.
This set is 16 fat eights of a white on white. I think these will be 3 separate quilts. Two could be lap quilts and one a baby quilt. I could use a little stash of comfort quilts since I just mailed off my last one ot a friend.
I'll cut the last fabrics with the HST die using white as the alternate fabric. I think that will make a very bright and happy quilt.
The first 6 fabrics will be cut with my isosceles triangle die and will look for some solid hand dyes in my stash to mix in th make it a little bigger.
I'm still pondering the middle set.
I've always liked the soft colors of these fabrics and have wanted to use them. I'm excited that the time has finally come.
I also need to cut more scraps (like the ones on the design wall) to use as a leader/ender project by my sewing machine. I can't use any of these quilts because they will all need light thread. I like my leader/ender project to be darker so I can use whatever thread I'm using for my project.
I think I made it almost 2 weeks without starting a new project and now I'm about to start 4.....not including the new mystery quilt pattern that I'm making right now.