Have you seen this block before? It is called Single Wedding Ring, and is really quite lovely. Fat Quarter Shop does this very cool thing called Classic and Vintage every now and then, and they feature an old fashioned (classic) quilt block made up in modern fabrics. It is actually quite fun to see the juxtaposition of modern colorful fabrics with classic old quilt blocks. They really do work.
In the past, in their Classic and Vintage Series, FQS has featured the Sister's Choice quilt block (yay), and the Bear Paw block. Both awesome classic blocks that continue to rock today in our brighter modern fabrics. You should really view their videos on construction and download their free block patterns if you so choose. If you go to their Jolly Jabber site, you will see all the links to free patterns and others who are participating in the current sew along. Their Bear Paw quilt done in red and white Minick and Simpson fabrics is something everyone would love to have. Seriously, I am going to do both the Sister's Choice and Bear Paw projects.
I happened to see their most recent video on the Single Wedding Ring block and was entranced. The block has 41 pieces, and 25 units. Fairly complex in number of pieces, but simple in contstruction. There are a lot of cool people participating in the sew along, and I really enjoyed checking out their links to their projects. Gorgeous blocks, wonderful inspiration.
I just had to try out making a block. It is such an old fashioned quilt block and I heard the call to make it, not in bright modern fabrics, but in muted years ago vintage colors. I have had in my stash a cherished bundle of Sono Kanae (Yuwa) Japanese fabrics that I just have not been able to cut into. They are just the most beautiful fabrics I have ever had. Made in Japan, silky soft to touch, soft muted colors, just too heavenly to use. I probably would be hoarding these into eternity, but I think I finally found something worthy to use them in. Pale lavenders, pastel pinks, minty greens, butter yellows... I swear I have had them for five or six years. There are not too many drool marks on them. Honestly, I have had them on display on a prominent shelf in the stash closet and would pass by regularly and say "Hello Beautiful". These fabrics deserve respect.
So. I decided to actually cut into them and make a test block. I chose a dreamy lavender piece and had at it. I am making my block to finish at 10 inches (smaller than the FQS pattern) to make better use of the fabric I have. I do not want to waste a smidgen. Instead of 3 inch units, I made mine 2 1/2. I can get two ten and half inch blocks out of a 6 by 42 inch width of fabric.
Here are my first blocks. Aren't the colors dreamy? Let's see where this goes! I wonder how these would look in a diagonal set?