Now isn't this a pretty thing? This is the center section of my Shiloh quilt! I am so excited to have gotten these blocks together over the weekend. In fact, I was so excited to share it with you all that I took a picture before I even pressed the top. I love the colors of this quilt, and especially like the way the lighter fabrics in some of the blocks make your eye dance around the surface of the quilt. And the blacks too...blacks always make your eye move around to find more blacks.
The fabrics of this quilt really evolved since the begining of the project. I started out with some very nice Civil War Reproduction fabrics and particularly liked one fabric that was rust colored. On a whim, I started rummaging around in my stash to see if I had any more fabrics similar to it to add to the quilt, and discovered I had a layer cake of a collection by Barbara Brackman called Arnold's Attic. This line was full of gorgeous rusts, browns and greens. Immediately I started switching out many of the fabrics I had initially selected, keeping some, but adding substantially from the Arnold's Attic layer cake. I used everything in the layer cake except some tourquoisey blues, that were fabulous, but just not for this project.
I started to cut up the layer cake into the sizes I needed for the quilt top and was surprised to see how far they went. Surprisingly (or maybe not), the addition of this layer cake completely changed the original look of the quilt I had started to make! You think a layer cake isn't all that much fabric, but this proved to me just how far they go towards making a complete, full sized quilt top. As I said, I had many other fabric scraps that I used as well, but I bet if I had had two layer cakes of Arnold's Attic, I could have make the entire top with just those alone.
And what you see above isn't all that I was able to do with that layer cake. There was plenty to use for the outer flying geese border as well!
Yes, that is Open Gate Quilt's Fit to be Geese ruler. I can't tell you how much I love that tool. Even if your quilt instructions tell you to make the flying geese units using a different method, you can use this tool for perfect results. You just need to know the finished size of the flying geese unit you need for your project, and the Fit to be Geese ruler instructions tell you what size to cut your "sky" and "geese" units. Cut and construct your flying geese, then use the ruler to cut them down to the perfect size. You will never in your life have a wonky flying goose again. Each unit is perfect, and most importantly, is the exact same size as all the others!
So this week I will be making flying geese for my border for Shiloh, but hope to crank out more Hill Country Basket blocks too.