I’ve played around with curves before but never with enough success to make an entire quilt. Rita’s instructions were to make an oversized block then trim it down. Voilà! A successful practice block!
Earlier this year I pre-ordered a complete bundle of Denyse Schmidt’s new Franklin collection. With 24 different prints in 2 color ways I figured I would have enough variation to use this line for a Pickle Dish Variation quilt of my own. My highly coveted Denyse Schmidt stash is growing and since my practice block turned out well I decided this quilt would be worthy of cutting into the bundle.
My bundle was fat quarters and I had plenty to make all the curved blocks from the warm colors and the spiked blocks with the cool colors. I divided each set of 12 into 4 lights, 4 mediums, and 4 darks. Some were borderline but I thought I had enough contrast to create the light/dark variance that Rita described. I was wrong.
Here is my finished top. What do you think? Sweet or sour?
Unfortunately, there was not enough contrast for the pattern to emerge. Also, I didn’t pay enough (or any) attention to the scale of the different prints.
On one hand I’m disappointed. This was a lot of cutting, piecing and trimming and I lost the pattern in the fabric - sour. On the other hand, this fabric is beautiful and even more so all cut and pieced together - sweet.
This was an excellent lesson for me in color, pattern and scale. Learning from our mistakes is always a good thing.
Special thanks to Rita Hodge for inspiration and instruction.
Linking this Friday finish up with Crazy Mom Quilts.