Well this weekend that's what happened to me. Two things seemed to coalesce on Friday evening for me. I am working on a project for one of the IPS groups (Irish Patchwork Society) on traditional blocks made modern and I have been playing with the some traditional blocks like the Bear Paw block. I'm not a big lover of pointy blocks (New York Beauty has never been on my wish list!) but for some reason I've been drawn to the bear paw to see what I could do with it.
LoveFabric.ie with two gorgeous blue prints made by Westfalenstoffe and I thought, they'd be really nice to work with in a bear inspired project. And that was it - my weekend was consumed and the housework went out the window!
So I made some colour changes, modified my design a bit and came up with this high contrast option! I moved the centre colour so the paws go over the edges and got out my Kona Colour card. I picked Kiwi and Mango as the green and orange colours and thought they'd go well with the celestial blue I had on hand (4 yards if it!)
So, second round saw a Kona grey and some Essex linen for the paws and I was off again - working out dimensions for a bigger quilt and cutting away to my hearts content.
I think this on its own would make sweet baby quilt but I had all that beautiful blue on hand so it got chopped up and added on too to make a bed quilt!
Very happy with the design now but still loving that Westfalenstoffe Woodland scene and being a tiny bit stubborn, I went back to my test block and carried on, regardless of the disappearing bear paws. I framed my 28" square blocks with some Dashwood studios woodland forest fabric to lift it a little bit. It now measures 50" square and could be nice a baby quilt, but I think I'm going to add a blue border and bring it up to 60" to use for the sofa when we sit with the dogs by the fire.
Has it stopped me playing with the bear paw block? Not yet. Came up with these too and am very tempted!
None of these are on my to do list of course! I do seem to be loving that light shade of blue though which I think is Kona Breakers. That's going on my wish list but not my shopping cart until I finish some quilts first!