As if I didn't have enough going on already. I joined another Block of the Month Quilt Along. This one, hosted by Pat Sloan, is called Globe Trotting. This is a free Mystery Block of the Month program. Each block in the nine-block series is designed by Pat Sloan and will come complete with a free pattern, tutorial, and a video demo by Pat.
At first I wasn't sure what I should use for colors for this quilt. I debated using the Peach - Coral - Orange color palette that I'm using for both the Sugar Block Club and the Auriful BOM but I worried about burning out on that theme before the end of the year so that wasn't an option. Then I remembered that I had gifted myself a fat quarter bundle of the full Rapture collection, by Pat Bravo at Christmas time and thought it would be perfect (plus I was feeling kind of lazy and didn't want to take out all of my fabrics to pull together a bundle for this project). Win-Win.
You can find the full bundle at Pink Castle Fabrics.
So off I went choosing and cutting and piecing. If I thought that trimming all of the HST's for the February Auriful Block was hard, man, was I mistaken. The January Globe Trotting block, called Washington, DC, is made up of 40 HST's. That took some time.
Over all, I'm very happy with how the January Block came out. the pattern does get a little lost with the Rapture prints but I'm thinking that with some thoughtful quilting it will turn out just fine. This finished block measures about 22" square and rest of the quilt will be set up as a border around this focal block.
February block as well. This one is called Venice, Italy. It finishes at 10" square. It was an easy block. I had fun choosing the fabrics for this block too. I decided to use one of the larger focal prints from the Rapture collection, Wild Beauty in Saffron. And because this is too good to not share, Here is what Pat has to say about this print:
"She goes by her first initial. She is fearless. She is sophisticated. She loves to sketch with markers and have a glass of wine while reading her latest vintage-find. She dares to wear bold prints with bright-colored hues of lemon, red, and blue. She loves to be raptured by the beauty in everything she sees and wears her heart on her sleeve."What a great description of the fabric and the woman who inspired it!
Here's my final layout as of February. I think its going to make a very fun quilt. It will be colorful and vibrant without being weighted down by that very same color. And if I finish it in time (and get enough pink into it) I think I know who this finished quilt will be gifted to.