That’s all any person who crafts or sews needs, right? Another new project? I’ve got things stacked up left and right, but I can’t seem to focus on any of them. Amidst the dresses and shirts, pillows, knitting, and embroidery going on, I’ve been itching to start another quilt.
It might be that the mornings around here have been just a little bit cooler. Walking the dog while wearing a sweatshirt and smelling over-ripe pears in someone’s front yard just about makes me giddy. The ingredients for making an apple pie have been purchased, fall bedding is being washed, and it’s all I can do to not crunch every leaf I see on my walks. Okay, fine, I go out of my way to walk thru piles of leaves. I’ve never been able to resist that.
I’ve seen lots of beautiful quilt patterns online lately, but none of the patterns have felt exactly right. I’m so picky sometimes with what I make, especially since I know I’ll be using up some fabric bits that I’ve literally been saving for years. Saving for no reason, but still, years. Why I have to find a special pattern for these little pieces, I don’t know. It feels right though, probably because I like to be purposeful in what I make- never making just to have, but making to use. It has to be useful. I can’t handle having things sit around my house that have no purpose.
The Swoon pattern is one of my favorites right now, and while flipping thru a quilt book I own yesterday, I saw a similar looking block, and I knew I had the perfect pattern.
Each block is made up of many tiny pieces, which will probably make for some slow sewing, but I love the scrappy blocks and the way the quilt edges keep the hexagon shape. It will require lots of stop-stitch marks, but my Bernina #37 foot has great 1/4″ markings on it so I can avoid having to draw on each piece.
If you’re interested in the pattern, the book is Making Antique Quilts, by Rita Weiss. I hope I can make quite a dent in my stash with this pattern!