Sometimes a quilt design takes time to develop. Sometimes a deadline helps move it along more quickly!
I have been invited to be the International Association of Quilters
' guest designer for November. I'll provide instructions for a block for their mystery quilt, as well as a quilt pattern for their members. I have known about this since last December. I did have a plan, but just couldn't seem to start on the quilt or the pattern. It turns out that was because it was the wrong plan. I just didn't know it until a looming deadline made me admit that I just wan't excited about Plan A. Once I gave that up, Plan B popped into the newly vacated space in my brain and moved along at a steady pace.
I'm sure this block must exist somewhere. If anyone knows what it is called, please let me know. For now I've named mine Variable Starburst.
Plan B morphed a bit along the way. I planned to work in blues, as in the test block above. I planned a layout that used 10 of these stars, each with different value placement, as an exercise in playing with value and placement. That's where the "variable" part came in. Then I thought to add a layer to "variable" by making a single star a different colour. I went back to my EQ drawings and made one star orange and promptly decided I currently love orange and had to make every star in the layout orange, except the variable one.
I got as far as doing all the math, figuring out cutting charts and yardage amounts before the test block fell off the design wall and I slapped it back on...on point.
OK, I like the block even more on point. I fired up EQ again and played with that idea.
This is kind of fun too, but those pieced setting triangles would be a pain to write up in a pattern. I do like the movement the diagonal elements add, though. I went to bed undecided and ready to pitch Plan B out the window.
The next morning, in my free half hour before heading to work at the quilt shop, Plan B morphed into Plan C. I really, really like Plan C, so much so that I spent my lunch hour doing the math so I could buy the fabric before heading home. (But you know, revisiting both versions of Plan B right now I think fabric may eventually come out to play with them too.)
I'll keep the full design to myself just a wee bit longer, since I'm very close to being able to show the finished top, but here's a peek a some of it. I love its clean, crisp lines and all that orange brightness. Who knew I could like orange this much?