Ready to kick off the new year in a big way? There’s nothing like a punch of pattern, color and design to get your creative energy flowing. We’re going to start the pre-cut series of projects with a very special piece. It utilizes 2 1/2″ squares, aka mini charms, in an unusual way. It’s name is Garden Geometry.You may remember this post. It happened in a deliciously serendipitous way. Several Parson Gray’s Seven Wonders fat quarters sat on my table waiting for attention. It wasn’t until that particular morning, and those numerous cups of coffee, that everything clicked. And you know me, when it clicks, it clicks dramatically. I knew immediately that my Amy Butler scrap stash had to come out to join in the fun.
My favorite thing about this piece is how it represents these two incredible artists and their very different design aesthetics. Whenever I get to work with fabrics designed by my friends and people who inspire me, an additional bit of magic happens. In this case, doubly so. Can’t you just see Amy’s flower beds soaking up Dave’s wind and rain? I’m quite smitten with the way these prints all work together. Dave’s fabrics make for an interesting play of movement–the dark and light colors, the wavy lines in the design, the alternating placement. And Amy’s prints get a chance to play with each other across numerous collections while providing the perfect balance to all the gray and blue.The details on the project are simple:
- Measures 35 inches square
- Blocks are foundation pieced and finish at 8 inches
- Patchwork strips are pieced first and then treated as one unit for block assembly
- Hand quilted with big stitches using Anchor threads
I’m so excited about this project. And I want you to share my excitement! I’ve written a pattern so you can make one of your very own Garden Geometry wall hangings. It requires a basic understanding of foundation piecing, although I do provide a quick run through if you need a refresher. There are many videos and guides available online if you want to learn. The block is an easy beginner block, so don’t fret. You can find the free pdf pattern here as well as the “Freebies” section. To take that excitement level up a notch or two, I’m giving away some fabric! One lucky commenter will receive a stack of 128 mini charms (2 1/2″ squares) of Amy Butler prints along with one yard each of the two Parson Gray prints pictured above. It’s all the fabric required for the quilt blocks! I pulled from my Amy Butler scrap stash to cut the squares so it contains prints from at least five of her past collections of quilting cottons. Free Spirit is generously providing the Parson Gray yardage. Sound like fun?! I thought so too.
Here are the details of the Sweepstakes:
- Leave a comment on this post before the deadline to enter. Tell me anything you’d like, there’s no magic comment.
- One comment per reader. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
- You have until 12:00 midnight Pacific Standard Time on Friday, January 18 to enter.
- International entrants are welcome.
- Winner will be selected by Random Number Generator the weekend of January 19-20.
- Winner will be notified by email and will have one week to respond. If winner does not respond, a new winner will be selected by Random Number Generator and notified by email.