My fourth Scrap Squad quilt is finished! For this assignment I made a pattern called "Blue Bayou" by Kate Colleran. It is from the September/October issue of Quiltmaker magazine and you can read more about it over at the Quilty Pleasures blog today.Deciding on the layout was the highlight of making this quilt. There are so many possible options in setting these blocks together. Of course I tried out all of the layouts in Quiltmaker magazine on my design wall to see what would happen when each block was twisted, turned, and set differently beside it's neighbour.
|Option 1 - love what the darker teal/blue is doing but didn't like the light/blah 16 patch blocks that emerged.|
|Option 2 - a little frenetic for my liking|
|Option 3 - I like what the red pinwheels are doing in this layout|
|Option 4 - This is a variation on option #1 and again I don't like the light/blah 16 patch blocks.|
|Option 5 - This is fun...I just noticed that the top left corner block isn't turned properly!|
|Option 6 - I really like this layout and it was my second choice.|
|Option 7 - Fun zigzag layout.|
|Option 8 - my favourite!|
|Confluence at the confluence|
I call this quilt "Confluence" which according to Mr. Webster means "a coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering at one point". The design is a confluence of two of the possible layouts, and of course I had to do a photo shoot at the confluence of the two rivers in my town.
While trying to get a good photo of the quilt, the clouds started to clear away, and the sun came streaming through which made my camera very unhappy. Makes for interesting photos though :)
And then when Mr Max (the granddog) came to visit, I had to try a photo shoot with him. He had forgotten all his posing skills that I had taught him previously. But just look at this cheeky fur baby - does he look guilty or what?!? And his left eye changed colours to match the quilt... that's kind of wierd!
One last photo - the back of the quilt is just chunks of leftover fabric sewn together to use it up. You can maybe see here that I have adopted
Martha Schellingerhoud's idea of using the same colour of thread in the bobbin as you are quilting with. I like how it makes the back of the quilt more interesting.