|One of these blocks is not like the other...|
The fabric was pretty cute before it was cut - strawberries, birds, flowers. Alas, there was too much white. If I had chosen a bright pink solid for the contrasting fabric of the churn dash, this probably would have worked. For this particular quilt, it was important to me to have the white dashes standing out as negative space among the prints. Here she is up close:
|I didn't even get to sewing all the elements together before realizing that it wouldn't work!|
It's interesting how the quilters came up with block patterns in the olden days. One of the chores back in the day was to churn butter using something that looked like the churn dash below. You can see how these quilters took elements from their every day life and made some beauty out of them. Pretty inspiring!
In this quilt, I'm working from 8 inch churn dash blocks all the way down to wee 3 inch blocks. This is part of the precise piecing section of the Penny Sampler class. I've done one 8 inch block, shown below and the rest are 6 inches. Once I get the teeny weenys done, I'll let you know how it goes! This is definitely a work in progress!
|8 inch block|
|I replaced the low volume pink blocks with two of these - I think it works better. And how can you not love hedgies and foxes?|