As soon as I saw this pattern, I decided I had to make it. (Does this ever happen to you?) No matter what else I had going on in the sewing room, this was gonna get pieced.
I liked this quilt because:
1. I could use 5 in. squares, which I had been cutting from some of my scraps, and 3.5 in strips, which seem to be multiplying in their shoebox.
2. The blocks were big (12 in. finished), so I wouldn't need very many to make a good sized quilt.
3. It was easy as pie. Or actually easier.
Some of my favorite blocks are:
"I've never seen a purple cow,
I never hope to see one.
But this I can say anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one."
I looked it up (thank you, Wikipedia!). The author was Gelett Burgess, and it was published in 1895. I changed it slightly to the version my Gran taught us.
The directions were good, and I liked the pattern, but I always have to change at least a few things.
Here's what I changed:
1. I used bright colored prints and novelty fabrics to make the blocks.
2. The original used the sashing fabric in the center of each block. I used the centers to add another print.
3. I added cornerstones in the sashing to give the top a punch of color. Doing so used up some 2.5 in. squares from my "collection". (Don't worry, I have LOTS more.)
4. I added a 4 in. finished border on the outside.
So thanks to APQ for including patterns for those of us who sew for donation. As far as I can tell from a short search of their web site (allpeoplequilt.com) these patterns are only available in the physical magazine. If I'm wrong about that, let me know.
This week, I'm going to do all my usual things, like laundry and grocery shopping and babysitting and cleaning, and, of course, quilting. And I'm going to choose happy in all the things I do.
I'm doing this because attitude really is everything, and being open to happiness really does encourage joy. And not just because some fabric told me to.