What a week! It started fairly sedately but descended into a riot (somewhat literally) of power outages, outrages over drainage issues, crazy TxDOT plans that would decimate our historic downtown, and the burning question of whether I’d seen one of our town’s major developers in his boxers in broad daylight (no – but then, who was it???). Our teachers are back to work, so the end of summer is here and it’s possible that we may have all survived!
I have been doing a bit of sewing in addition to all of the drama and chaos that swirls around me. I’ve been working for about 18 months on Don’t Call Me Betsy’s Epic Sampler BOM (http://www.dontcallmebetsy.com/p/epic-sampler-bom.html) Of course, it only was supposed to last for 14 months or so but it was 39 fantastic blocks and some of them took me a little longer than I expected to complete. Most were paper pieced and there are definitely a few that I will revisit in another quilt.
Isn’t this an amazing quilt?? Of course, it’s not mine – it’s Elizabeth’s sample. I did mine in Kaffe fabric. I’m somewhat regretting it – not because I don’t love Kaffe, but it’s hard to get both enough variation in fabric and enough restful places so that your eyes don’t explode when you look at the quilt for too long. I’m calling my quilt the Kaffe Collision. I just have to finish the binding and I’ll bring you the full experience in another post.
So, anyway, I know you’re here for the free pattern. Today’s pattern is Breezy Batiks. I’d like to revisit this pattern at some point and make more than one or two changes. But for today, it’s ok as is.
I like the dark border framing the scrappy goodness on the interior. I also like the hints of the Irish chain mixed with the stars. This would make a good bee block. You could hand out the background fabric so that there would be some cohesion and then let people go to town with their scrap bins.
What would I change? Well, I might want to accentuate the Irish chain aspect of the pattern by making the squares a little less scrappy and make this a triple Irish chain with three distinct colorways. And I might get a little more aggressive with the stars – you can’t look at the Don’t Call Me Betsy quilt above and even think about going traditional with the stars in this quilt!
But, in case you’re wanting to go ahead and start this pattern this weekend and don’t want to wait for me to come up with the pattern, here is this week’s pattern!
Have a great weekend!