At first I thought I'd go with some cute paper pieced flowers and trees that I found online and add a nice big garden and forest to the quilt since her daughter loves flowers and being outdoors. But I felt like the scale of these blocks would be too much this early in the stage. I might still throw some in though.....we'll see.
Then I was leaning towards butterflies. But I still wasn't feeling it.
|Bee Vintage Butterfly Block|
|Garden Party - free PDF pattern|
|Butterfly simple 5' Paper Pieced Pattern|
Heather also mentioned how much she likes paper piecing and, being adventurous, I though I might try something really out side of my comfort zone with these two cute little girls. However, I'm not sure that I'm feeling quite that adventurous.
|Girl chasing Butterflies|
Then I remembered a block that was demoed for us at my local quilt guild's October meeting. I don't remember what she called the block but my first thought was "Oh! I could size that down to make easy cathedral windows blocks.... and that's just what I did. The method is similar to a tutorial posted by Elizabeth at Don't Call Me Betsy. If I remember I'll take some photographs to post a more detailed tutorial of the method I'm using to make my blocks.
As I said already, Heather's notebook was incredibly detailed so pulling fabrics for her quilt was a breeze. Her color inspiration was based on the Wee Wander collection by Sarah Jane. Girly, but not too girly. I dug into my stash and pulled some easily coordinated Cotton + Steel and other fabrics.
Then I got to work cutting.
|Cool colors and low volumes|
As an aside, wouldn't these look great as simple color coordinated four patch blocks? I'm thinking a full quilt in this palette is in my future.
Here's what the block will look like when it's all together. Cool colors and low volume four-patch blocks with warm color cathedral windows. I still need to top-stitch the curves, I'm leaning towards a variegated purple thread that I purchased for my triangle quilt awhile ago or simple invisible thread to avoid taking away from the design. Now the question is, should I top-stitch before or after I piece the blocks together? I'm leaning towards before.