Or does floral fabric work better in a group? My alternate title for this post was “Floral Fright or Floral Fantasy?”
In sorting through my box of 2 1/2 inch strips at the end of my last project I noticed that the box was muffin topped. There were also a good number of strips of floral fabric strips there that I’ve been ignoring for years. What can I say other than it’s not the 90’s when I was all about the florals. So those dated florals and some more modern florals were just taking up space as I bypassed them for the fabrics I now prefer. I really shouldn’t have joined that fat quarter of the month club.
Each floral fabric on its own didn’t work for me but I got to thinking what if I put them all in one quilt? Why not mix them with a nice crisp white background and some tone on tone fabric? Crazy maybe but hey why not? Even if I don’t love it someone else will right?
Some blog, Pinterest and google searches and much wasted time later I decided on Bonnie Hunter’s Garlic Knot block or as it was originally known the Arrowhead puzzle block. I started pulling strips and sewing. I made 91 blocks in total from the floral fabric strips in the strip box and pieces of fabric languishing in the scraps box.
Not sure about borders yet. Maybe a small white border the same size as the sashing and a scrappy floral border? I just know I don’t want to make piano keys so soon after making them for another quilt – so if that’s going to happen this quilt is going to sit for a while.
This quilt used 63 of the floral fabric blocks so the remaining 18 blocks are going to go into a small baby or lap quilt. I’ve just made 2 more blocks so I’ll have a second quilt before borders and sashing measuring 32″ x 40″. Add some sashing and borders and it will be a decent size. Almost like a 2 for 1 deal.
- 8″ finished blocks, 63 blocks total
- Floral fabric – 6 – 2.5″ squares in each block
- 2 – 2.5″ squares of tone on tone
- Sashing fabric cut 1.5″ and cornerstones 1.5″ squaresd
Oh and there is still floral fabric remaining.. sigh!