I made this quilt a few years ago from a pattern I found in a quilting magazine which I no longer have and I do not remember the name of the block or the magazine. I do remember however that the block measurements were in 8 ths and this seemed daunting to cut out.
A friend of mine, Karin, from The Quilt Yarn offered to resize the pieces so that the measurements were more “cutter friendly”. I doubt that I would have made the quilt if she had not done this for me. Math and numbers are not a strong point for me and many a day I am thankful that I have people around me who are willing to help with measurements and calculations.
I loved making the quilt, each block was a constant surprise and it gave me the opportunity to use a lot of colour.
I had never been very keen on purple but,one of my favourite parts of this quilt is the red and purple block section in the middle.
I placed the colours based on light and dark tones when viewed through a red filter.This meant that I often put colours together that I would not normally put together.
I found that the colours I thought were dark were often light and vice versa. The result of this was the emergence of a secondary pattern, this was an added bonus. I really like blocks that have secondary patterns. I enjoyed making the quilt so much that I made two more of them, one for each of my brothers, they have a rich blue backing and binding on each of theirs.
I kept any off-cut that was 1 and a 1/2 inches or larger, I joined those 1 1/2 inch pieces into strips and then into rows. Eventually I ended up with a piece of material that was not quite large enough to do much with and, it sat in the “one day” box for a number of years. A few months ago I felt the urge to revisit those unfinished projects and found the scrappy piece of fabric I had joined several years ago. In the same box were some unused blocks from the three finished quilts. I unpicked those blocks and made them half blocks, these fitted perfectly at each end of the scrappy piece.
I decided that I did not want a lot of quilting because I wanted the fabrics and colours to be the feature of this small quilt. I quilted a stylised sunburst radiating from two opposite corners. It is difficult to see in the photos.
This has become a perfect memory quilt for me, a composite of the three quilts that I share with my brothers.