Today I had the shop all to myself, my children were making the dinner as a special treat for me! Sew, what's a girl to do but start a new project with new fabrics. First, the inspiration for this project came from a pattern in a new book that we ordered in for the shop. Simply Fat Quarters, a book using all fat quarters and background fabrics; an assortment of both traditional and modern quilt designs. I am using Riley Blake fabrics that just arrived before Christmas and a few others that go perfectly with it!
The most important piece of advice that I can give any new quilter is read the instructions all the way through. Just looking at a picture of a block and assuming that you know exactly how it's going to go together is a big mistake. I decided that I was going to use 1/3 yard cuts and make a couple of extra blocks out of two of the pairs. You see, the pattern calls for a whopping 24 Fat quarters and I only had 10; 24 fq yield 12 blocks, I need to produce 12 blocks so with only 10 fq/5 pairs I need to get two bocks per pair and in the case of two pairs I will need to get 3 blocks. Does this make sense? Here is where reading the directions thoroughly comes in handy!!! I mistakenly didn't understand that all of the 2 1/2" squares are going to be used for a pieced border, I was rejigging my cutting and having a panic attack trying to get all of the squares cut. When I went to sit down and sew my first test block, lo and behold the 2 1/2" squares weren't used. If I had read thru the directions I would not have wasted so much time having a the above panic attack!!!