Sometimes fabrics just “speak” to me…I saw this fabric at the Sun Prairie Quilt Show Vendor called “Eclipse” by Timeless Treasures and just had to get a few fat quarters. I have a pattern in mind.
Years ago, I had purchased “Boxed Blessings” by Ingrid Barlow, but had never tried it. I liked the idea of the thin boxes that seem to “float” over the background 4-patches. But instead of opening the pattern, I decided to go to figure it out on my own using my EQ7 software to see what I could come up with.
Starting with a grid of 7×7 (and a 7″ block), I created the main block. I love the fact that you can download fabric (or their jpeg equivalents) into the Electric Quilt 7 fabric library, so I can use the actual fabric when I play around with designing the quilt top.
After several drafts, I chose to use the striped fabric from the line for the thin boxes, and to use the other fabrics in the 4-patch-like background.
Here’s an exported photo of the finished EQ7 sketch:
After adding some yellow and grey fabrics from my stash, the next decision to make was the final placement of the blocks. I knew I wanted to make them 4 across & 6 down (so no box would be broken)… decisions, decisions decisions! I have to learn not to stress out over it, this is supposed to be fun, right? And I have to keep in mind that no decision is ever wrong …it’s all a matter of personal preference.
So up the blocks go on my design board for a little scrambling & playing… I could do this (and have done this) on the software–but its more fun to play with the real thing for the final decision. 🙂
Should I mix them up completely?
No, not quite right yet…
This is the one I’m going with…
After making that decision, piecing the rows & columns began.
Here are a couple rows of blocks lined up on my ironing board–I had enough for two quilts.
Oh no, … I don’t have enough fabric for the borders, binding & backing! After a trip to one of my favorite area quilt stores, no luck 😦 They didn’t carry that line, and nothing else even remotely worked. So it’s more shopping, in the car or online…
In the meantime, I’ll start piecing the second quilt–mmmmmm, I wonder what it might look like “on point”…
…to be continued!