How in the world is it already Friday??? I had planned on pre-writing a more in-depth post about how to work with orphan blocks, but the best-laid plans… All I can say is that I have been delving into Montgomery’s not-too-distant past and following the exploits of a character named Soupbone. Yes, really.
Fortunately I was able to find an interesting free Andover pattern called When Sparks Fly by Libs Elliot.
There are LOTS of things that I love about this quilt. The size is one of them – it doesn’t look like it would be very large, but it finishes at 68×68″ so a very respectable size! I also love the flying geese – mostly because I love anything with flying geese in it. I also really like the mirror image striped triangle pieces, which add an interesting illusion of depth.
If I were to make this quilt for myself, I would start with a different center block – the current one doesn’t really do anything to enhance the design and really seems a bit too old fashioned for the rest of the quilt. The very center of the quilt is a 13 1/4″ square of fabric. No embellishment. No bling. No movement. It seems like wasted space unless you really go to town with the quilting to add all of those features with quilting rather than piecing. The size of the center block definitely makes changing this pattern a challenge because its unusual size will require some mathematical gymnastics. However, I think these would be worth it.
The second thing I would change would be the long strips that separate the flying geese from the striped triangle pieces. The fabrics used are too distracting and don’t really add any value to the overall quilt. Solids would be fine. Stripes would be even better. Have you seen the Allison Glass Mariner’s Cloth?
Which brings me to the final change. Color!!! There is not enough in this quilt to capture what is happening with the flying geese and the striped triangle pieces.
Is this too many changes to a free pattern? I’m always curious about whether people are interested in something that needs so many adjustments!
Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!