I've always wanted to make this quilt. The pattern is "Raise the Roof", an old Miss Rosie pattern that you can still buy. I searched online and found that Homestead Hearth carries it. The quilt is a combination of star blocks and log cabin blocks arranged in a Barn Raising setting. The fabrics I am using are mostly from Jeanne Horton's Jefferson County line, which she designed for Windham Fabrics. I have been using the bundle as eye candy for a couple of years and finally took it apart to actually make something.
As a matter of fact, this latest effort is the second attempt on my part to successfully complete this Raise the Roof pattern. I am pretty good at selecting colors for my projects, but every now and then the contrast thing gets away from me. Well, back in 2008 when I last tried to make this quilt I failed big time in getting the necessary contrast of colors to best achieve the strong look required here. I am going to show you two blocks from my 2008 failed attempt, as an object lesson.
My fabrics of choice in 2008 were some browns and pinks in a line designed by Buggy Barn for Henry Glass. I have always thought brown and pink was a great combination in a quilt, and wanted to try them out for this pattern.
Here is a block with mostly browns. Not bad you say. All right, that looks pretty good.
And here is a block with more pinks. Good grief, what was I thinking? The lack of contrast completely ruins the look of the block. Needless to say, these blocks did not make it into a quilt.
As you can see in the photo at the top of this post, the lovely dark fabrics I have chosen for my 2016 version (which I am calling Raise the Roof Again), will contrast sharply with the scrappy lights I am using. These blocks require lots of "units" for their construction. I have flying geese, half square triangles and hour glass units for the star blocks. And then I move on to the log cabin blocks.
I have not done much sewing this summer, as things have been pretty topsy turvy around here. This is the perfect project to ease back into things now that life has settled down. It feels rather Zen to plug away making first the flying geese, and then the half square triangles. I am listening to an audio book called The Forgotten Room, and the time is being passed very peacefully.
Hope your summer is going well!