Hi there. Hope you all had a brilliant weekend. Mine was pretty much perfect, in that I stayed home the entire time except for a trip to the grocery store. I am becoming such a homebody in my old age. I spent the time, not particularly productively, but puttering around in my sewing room trying out a couple of new things.
The first is a new pattern by Miss Rosie's Quilt Company, called Olio. Olio is a one block pattern made with a template that is included with the pattern. The quilt is made from lots of charm packs, a dozen if I recall correctly. It has a wonderfully scrappy look that you could certainly achieve with scraps, rather than charm packs.
The template is very nice acrylic plastic, and is used to cut the fabric pieces. You cut your charm squares or scraps to 2 1/4 inches by 4 1/2 inches and the little template fits perfectly on the units. All you have to do is trim the angles. There is an A unit, and the template is flipped to cut the mirror image B unit. I cut two fabrics at a time, that is why you see two different prints. I wanted to demonstrate how you sew them together to make a "unit".
Sew your A unit pairs together and then sew your B unit pairs together. These units are assembled in long strips to make the quilt top.
I have a combination of various charm packs and fabric scraps I plan to use for this quilt. Can you imagine how amazing this would be in all Christmas fabrics, or a red white and blue theme? Or all your Halloween scraps? Or all Jo Morton fabrics? Or how about all Bonnie and Camille or French General? I am thinking of how dreamy it would look out of all Kate Spain or Tula Pink fabrics. The sky is the limit. If you have a favorite designer and have loads of left over scraps, consider this quilt as a wonderful way to combine all those leftover fabrics into an "homage" quilt representing your favorite designer's collections.
I won't be starting this quilt for a while, as I am determined to finish up my Penny Pincher quilt first before moving on to anything else. But I am very excited to get started on it none the less!