For this sew-along she gave us the basket pattern and arrangement of pieces for the basket to sew it together but there are no directions for the other pattern pieces -- nor quantity of each. One flower or four? Five leaves or two? We're on our own in deciding how to place the elements of the block, using as many or as few as we want.
When I use patterns it seems like I always change them anyway (I've already changed Cheri's bird pattern), so this shouldn't be a challenge, except that I've never made a "primitive" block before. As I look at primitive-style quilts my impressions are of patterns, stitchery, and arrangements that are unself-conscious and unpretentious. There is a child-like quality that leans toward folk-art. I love the look, but can I create it? If I spend too much time playing it begins to feel contrived and self-conscious. And I've been playing for a week or two....
Cheri will share her finished block just before she gives us the new block, around February 10. Maybe I'll sew mine by then, or maybe I'll wait and follow her arrangement.... Other members of the group have made and shared some beautiful baskets.
Last week I went to the fabric store on my birthday and bought a few fat quarters with no particular use in mind yet, but they appealed to me. The store has a smallish selection of reproduction fabrics, so not many to choose from.
As I was checking out the clerk asked me if I wanted a free block pattern and fabric to make it. Free? Well, sure.
I came home with orange and text fabric to make a 6" Plus block and a little tag with numbers to be punched each time I get the next pattern. And directions, of course.
If I return every two weeks I'll get another selection of fabric to make another block, but if I miss a block I'll have to buy it. I know they're trying to increase business. When a quilter steps foot inside a fabric store and she always leaves with fabric, right?
Happy quilting to you.
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