YES!! I am very happy now. Look how cute these little blocks are, who wouldn't smile to see them?
I have been dreaming of making a Kaleidoscope quilt, like Cindy at Hyacinth Designs made, but I have to wait for my special ruler to arrive. As soon as it comes, I will start cutting out the next quilt in my future. Meanwhile, since I am a creature who craves instant gratification, I had to start on something springy while I wait for the mailman to come.
This block is from a pattern called Maison Bleue by Crazy Old Ladies. Adorable name for a company, don't you agree? I have had the pattern for ages, but you can still buy it on the Crazy Old Ladies website. The pattern is layer cake friendly, and the blocks go together very quickly. Plus, you get to combine three different print fabrics in each block, which is a factor that really holds my interest when I am making a quilt.
So, what the heck is the fabric I am using? Well, I have had it for years in my stash, but as my sister Kate says, "It doesn't go bad". It is a Moda collection, I believe one of the first ones designed by Basic Grey, called Urban Couture. Basic Grey started out as a paper design company, well known to scrap bookers. Thank heavens they ventured into fabric design, because their stuff is great.
The story of the fabric is a funny one. Years ago, as I said, I was in an open sewing class at a quilt shop and a woman in the class was making the most stunning quilt out of this fabric group. I absolutely planned to copy her and bought all the Urban Couture I could get my hands on, which amounted to ten or twelve fat quarters, a layer cake, some brown solid and the large brown floral print. Then I cozied up to her and asked her what pattern she was using. She claimed not to be using a pattern, just making something up. She totally refused to share with me what she was doing. O-kaaaaay.
I figured, no sweat, I was creative, I could come up with something. But she wouldn't even allow a photo of what she was working on, so of course as soon as I was out of sight of it, I couldn't remember a single thing about the design. So, this fabric collection has been sitting in my closet for, what, going on 10 years without me coming up with an idea.
Not any more. Hah. I am going to have my very own happy Urban Couture quilt, and I don't mind sharing a bit how I am coming up with a design!