Does anyone know the name of this quilt block?
Several years ago I found an advertisement in one of my mother's Quilter's Newsletter magazines. I don't recall if a product was being sold or an event was being promoted, but along the bottom of the page were a series of different blocks. This was one of them. It's been a long time in the making, maybe going on three years now? You know how it goes; school clothes and Christmas gifts always take precedence.
I drafted up my own dimensions, ending up with a finished 12" square. I liked the Square in a Square design in the center. It's such a classic element. And then I have a pension for Half Square Triangles (so easy and fun to make). Since I'm using the LazyGirl Flying Geese method and my EZ Angle ruler for the half square triangles, it really cuts and assembles pretty quick. Essentially I'm making nine sections and then putting them together. Simple in layout, but it totals up to 49 individual pieces per 12" block, making it look more complicated.
My color choices started in my bedroom. Really. One October morning, facing a day of gardening cleanup, I threw on olive cargo pants and a light blue t-shirt. Guessing I'd still be cold in the Autumn air, I tossed on a rust-red sweater. My reflection in the mirror caught my eye; those three colors - olive, rust and cool blue - made me think. I wore those same clothes for three days straight as I was so enamored with that combination. Going to my fabric stash, I started pulling everything that fit the bill. I added black for accent and decided on the beige and red shirting at the bottom of the above photo. I had two yards of this and knew it would make a great background. The prints span from Civil War reproductions to Thimbleberries to Kansas Troubles to MODA marbles and Floral Fusions to contemporary blenders.
I've always enjoyed cutting fabrics for a new project. Matching up print combinations, stacking piles and knowing you've got one block ready to sew, is so rewarding. I know there are many of you who love your Go! Baby fabric cutters, but I'll stick with my rotary! So I whacked away, using every scrap I could to ensure the most diversity, and started sewing.
I have nine blocks completed and assembled now. This will be the center of my quilt. I'm planning to go lap size for the couch as these colors match the living room very well. Now I need to decide how to border this to make it bigger. I only have a scant one yard of background left. I'm thinking rows of flying geese with a corner stone of some sort followed by two solid (or pieced) borders of varying widths. Really, I have no idea yet.
But I need help naming this quilt. The only thing I've come up with is Bluebirds in the Barnyard (singling out the blue triangles in the corners). Any suggestions from you creative minds out there? Thank you!