I’m officially smitten with die cutters. I have no interest in owning a machine, but after spending 45 minutes with the one at Island Quilter (back in early July) and walking away with over 250 cut Tumbler blocks, I was over-the-top enfatuated.
I loved being able to use up all the extra fabric from Curious Nature (Parson Gray). Adding in a couple solids, plus really big (6″ finished) pieces and it’s all coming together quickly.
I really think a scrappy apple core quilt is in my future. Or maybe a drunkard’s path. As long as I don’t have to hand-cut a zillion curved pieces, I’m all in.
Saturday I started on Alex’s quilt. I’ve had the pattern and fabrics for a few weeks, but I knew this was going to be his quilt for months. Alex is my nephew, and a sweeter, smarter child you would be hard pressed to find (with the possible exception of his brother and a whole bunch of cousins, of course!) Both the fabric and pattern are “Curious Nature” by Parson Gray, which I thought suited him perfectly.
This project might be one for the record books. I started cutting a pieces at 11am, and was completely finished with the top by 5pm ~ and that included about 90 minutes doing other things somewhere in the middle.
The pattern is available for free on the FreeSpirit website. I followed the instructions as written (all the fabrics and layout) with the exception that I added an additional border to bring it up to bed sized.
The the more I look at the pattern, the more ideas I get. How about scrap piecing some or all of the rounds? Or maybe paper piecing into one large New York Beauty block? Flip the sections so the 1/4 circles are out at the corners?
Pearl, of course, thinks it’s just fine the way it is. She loves Alex, too.