This block is all over the quilt blogs. I first saw it at Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts and I fell in love. Evidently it is in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns – but I can’t find it.
Setsuko Inagawa’s quilt from this year’s Tokyo Quilt Festival combined this block with applique – that’s what started the frenzy.
The block is 7.5 inches finished. I’ll probably make 30 blocks – 5 across and 6 down. It will undoubtedly have a narrow inner border and a pastel floral wider outer border. All the blocks have to be finished and up on the wall before I can decide on the fabric – which of course I will have to order online.
I needed a machine pieced block for a baby quilt – but I didn’t want anything too babyish. First I am selecting a floral fabric in a pastel then choosing 6 fabrics to coordinate – any quilt with 7 fabrics in each block is going to turn out fine.
I am using freezer paper templates to cut the pieces. Since I need such small bits for each block – rotary cutting strips would waste too much fabric. It is slow going – but probably faster than hand piecing. Believe me I would be hand piecing this if Linda would make an Inklingo pattern. I haven’t machine pieced a block for ages! I prefer hand piecing.