I am revisiting a favorite block ~ the traditional Kansas Dugout Quilt block ~ fearlessly machine pieced with lots of in-set seams (Y-seams); a somewhat time consuming task that involves cutting fabric pieces with templates, marking seam lines with a pencil, and sewing one short seam at a time. It is fiddly - but not difficult - to accomplish and so worth the effort so as to keep the background fabric (the squares) as a whole piece of fabric, especially so for the lines of the black gingham fabric.
The fabrics - other than the black/white gingham print - are all from the highly anticipated and long awaited Gardenvale collection by Jen Kingwell. Jenny's design style and eye for color is unique, and although working with this collection was a step outside of my comfort zone (the tiniest side step!), I did love watching the colors and the quilt top come together and sing.
I really am loving the color purple, my least often used and stashed (fabric) color, and the stripes are amazing, adding movement and zing to this already colorful quilt top.
100 Kansas Dugout Blocks.
617 patchwork pieces.
Quilt measures 55 inches x 55 inches.
Have a great week,
Sunday Stash - Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell
Kansas Dugout - Tutorial and Templates
Kansas Dugout - A Finished Quilt April 2014
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