One person in my family who hasn't been given a quilt and is long overdue one is my godmother Sanni. Earmarked for her has been my 'Hometown' fat quarter pack from the fabulous Sweetwater designers.
When this collection came out in Autumn of 2011 I couldn't help myself to buy an entire fat quarter set. On hindsight a mistake as any of the Sweetwater collection have to many prints. Since I have started to use jelly roles and layer cakes when it comes to Sweetwater collections. Fat eighths are also available to buy which is another more cost effective purchase if I feel I have to have all prints.
I have been looking a long time for a suitable pattern for this fabric and finally settled on 'Botanical Gardens' from Sarah Fieldke's book 'Quilting from little things' .
It's a wonderful pattern that is perfect as it contrasts for each block 2 fabrics.
So I cut and cut and did a bit more of the same and then laid it all out on my floor. The trouble with this pattern is that you can't sew it in blocks due to the intersecting squares which also means it has to be laid out in its entirety. So for the past week or so the floor in my sewing room has been covered with hundreds of squares and tringles....
The pattern calls to sew in rows but I honestly think that is a bit ludicrous and is prone to lead to errors and misplaced pieces. Instead I am using an A2 sized piece of cardboard onto which I transfer larger sections, i.e. artificial blocks that I then sew together. This works really well.