I was so excited to open the package after seeing Liz's kick-off post and when I did I was just floored. Her feathered star block is stunning. Just look at those teeny-tiny points! I may be inspired to try one for myself at some point in the future.
Liz said she likes geometric patterns and bold designs so I started out making some Plus Blocks in her basic color palette. I was inspired by the Arizona fabric that Liz used in her border and wanted to really play off of that pattern but to be totally honest... I hated them. Regardless, I stuck with it and made 9 in total - I think. When I had them done I started playing with layouts.... and still hated it.
The whole things sat on my design wall for about two weeks while I tried to fall in love with the blocks I had made but I never did. Finally I gave in and did what I think I had wanted to do from the beginning. I ended up with this happy little pile of trimmings.
|Am I only person that loves trimmings? They are so pretty in their happy little haphazard piles!|
Those trimmings belonged to a boatload of peach and low volume 2.5" half square triangles. And when I got them all put together I couldn't be happier.
|Finished top as of Round #1|
I turned the block on point and added a thin teal border before adding my triangles. I used a mixture of blenders and novelty prints. Liz said she likes novelty but not fussy cut to death. I think this has the right balance; a little peak of a bicycle here, and a friendly lion there. I also had some of the Arizona and the Carolyn Friedlander fabric that Liz uses in her center and I think that helps contribute to a feeling of continuity.
|detail of round #1 addition|
I hope that Liz loves what I did. After writing in her adorable coffee cup note book I sent the package on it's way to Leanne. I did include the plus blocks I made at the beginning. Maybe someone can work them in later....?