This week's block from Grandmother's Choice is called Union Square. Before I started this block, I decided I wanted to have a more uniform look to the backgrounds for each block. I dug through my light colored batiks and came up with a couple of larger pieces. They will last me a little while. This block was fairly easy to make and Tom and I both like it the best so far. Of course, I had to remake the other two using the new background
This is the remake of the first one I did, Grandmother's Choice.
I remade Amethyst changing it up quite a bit. I used the paisley for the center square as well as the points, instead of using the background fabric like I did before. I like it better this way. I also discarded the cutting instructions from before and redrew the pattern using measurements I knew would make the block the right size. Now, all my blocks are 8.5" unfinished. I am very happy I decided to use a light background with similar fabric. I think the paisleys will really be the stars this way.
I also finished up the borderie perse project I was working on for the International Robin. It is the last piece out there, and I am sorry I dragged my feet for so long. When I first decided to do it this way, I wasn't really thinking about all the pieces I would have to attach. I just wanted a certain look, and didn't take time to consider what I would have to do to accomplish it. I started out with traditional buttonhole stitching. Then, I realized this is supposed to be more of an art quilt, so I switched to free motion stitching for the smaller flowers. I think it is a nice mix. Above is a detail look at the upper left of the bigger piece below.
This piece will be winging its way to Frea in Scotland as soon as I can get to the post office next week. I am sorry to see this robin end. I have really enjoyed the variety of work in these small art quilts. Maybe after a brief rest from robins, I will try and start another one. Maybe we will do a flat robin this time. If you are curious or interested, leave me a comment.
Tomorrow, I have a couple of small AAQI pieces to finish, then a new project I want to start. I think tomorrow will be my 300th post. I wish I had something to offer as a giveaway, but I can't think of anything right now.
Until tomorrow, then. Joyful quilting, everyone.