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:
- Balance the colors
- Balance the light and dark
- 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!