Now that I discovered a great selection of lights and darks for the Nature’s Neutrals quilts…the ideas started. Stick with that quilt pattern? Make a log …so many ways of designing log cabins! And I have Judy Martin’s log cabin book with even more ideas! Courthouse Steps? I really like the Small Steps quilt by Jo Morton in American Patchwork and Quilting, Dec. 2010. And my friend Audrey sent me some very inspiring pictures of her pinepapple quilts!
|Small Steps by Jo Morton|
Many of the fabrics in my dark/light piles are wovens, and as I’ve already learned, they can be a bit unruly. If I were to do a pineapple quilt, it would be 8″ blocks so I could paper piece them onto water soluble paper stabilizer. If I do a log cabin, I’d be checking for straightness, carefully, and often! I’ve started cutting everything into 1 1/2″ strips, and a few 1 3/4″ strips (for potential centres) and that’s a start. If it’s courthouse steps, I’d stick with the 1 1/2″ strips as 1`strips, as in Small Steps, are just too small for the wovens.
|Pineapple Greens, Penny P.|
One thing that is keeping me from the pineapple idea, is I have stashed away a bundle of green batiks…it would make a fantastic two colour pineapple quilt, which was my thought I purchased the bundle.
I could stick with the Nature`s Neutrals, but the organization part is still bugging me, having to keep the same fabric for all four rounds around the square.
In the meantime, I made a couple of not-quite Funky Chickens! from Sindy R. at Fat Cat Patterns. I reduced the size to 6“, used wool and hand blanket stitch.