Park Bench by Jaybird Quilts - Block 7a First Date


In 2016, Quilt Projects by S Adams

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I had so much fun doing the Toes in the Sand Block Of the Month class, that when A Common Thread announced a Park Bench BOM I knew I had to sign up.  I’ve gushed enough about Julie Herman’s patterns and rulers, and even as I write this I’m in the midst of cutting out over 300 half-hexagons for yet another Jaybird quilt.  Kind of obsessed you could say.

Anyway, the class was terrific and I loved seeing what fabrics the other students were using.  I was determined to do this quilt entirely out of my stash, with the exception of the backing fabric.  I must say that was a bit of a challenge, but I managed to do it!  Unfortunately, Rich and I moved to the coast in the middle of the class, so I never got to see the other student’s finished quilts.  That was kind of disappointing.

I have literally dozens of photos of the various possibilities for each block, but I won’t bore you with them all.  Here is just one sample, although none of these configurations ended up in the final quilt!

Once all the blocks were done, I had to (had to) agonize over block placement.  It seemed like I spent forever trying to simultaneously accomplish all of these goals:

  1. Balance the colors
  2. Balance the light and dark
  3. Avoid having two of the same block next to each other (there are seven pairs and one odd block)

I took lots of pictures during this process too.  I found the black and white photo particularly helpful when trying to balance the lights and darks.

The pattern calls for four different (but similar) background fabrics.  I didn’t quite have enough to do it exactly as the pattern was written, so my outside edges are a tiny bit different.  But the fabric still all came from my stash.  🙂  I love that when I look at this quilt, I see bits and pieces of quilts that have gone before!

When all the agonizing was complete, and the top finished, I sent it off to be quilted.   I was so happy with the finished top that I decided to pop for some of Karen’s custom quilting.  And I was ecstatic with the results!  Every block was a little different, and the feathers in the background tied it all together beautifully.  Totally. Over. The. Moon!

The Project Photos

The Project Details…

Pieced By: Me
Piecing Done: October 2015
Quilted By: Karen Walker
Quilting Done: January 2016
Pattern: Park Bench by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts
Fabric Line: Blocks: Seaside, Sunshine and Caribbean Bali Blender Batiks from Keepsake Quilting; Background: Various
Size: 65 x 88 inches
For: Myself
Occasion: None