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This week's work in progress is a celebration of the end of Summer. I am not a big fan of the long and hot days of Summer and every year look forward to the this change in seasons and the anticipation of cooler mornings and evenings. So, welcome March and Autumn! Melbourne does do the four seasons so very well.
For this quilt I have used fabric from my scrap bin as well as from stash. For my initial fabric pull I selected a wide range of small scale floral prints and then added lots of stash basics (dots, checks, and small scale prints of interest). I was surprised to see just how many floral prints I could pull from my stash! Many of these floral fabrics are Japanese fabrics by Atsuko Matsuyama, some of which have been part of my stash for some time, others are more recent additions.
More than 200 fabrics were used to make this quilt! I spent 2 days cutting fabric strips and individual fabric squares, and even more time piecing it all together. While I did strip piece some of this quilt all of the fussy cut fabrics (fabrics that have been cut specifically for the centered placement of an item of interest) have been individually cut as squares. I also spent quite some time "randomizing" the quilt so that there are no obvious repeats of the same fabrics used together. This involves taking strip sets apart and adding individually cut squares at random.
Of course there are always some fabrics that seek to find one another regardless of how many prints you use and how often you re-arrange the layout! That is just how it is meant to be. Once a quilt top is complete I very rarely rip seams to re-arrange a fabric square.
Summer's End Postage Stamp Quilt
The quilt top measures 56 inches x 68 inches.
A selection of almost 200+ different printed fabrics make up this quilt.
I made fifty-six 16-patch blocks plus seven 8-patch blocks.
952 patchwork squares.
Each finished square measures 2" x 2".
This simple patchwork never gets old and I thoroughly enjoyed the fabric play, the repetitive cutting, sewing and pressing tasks, and watching the quilt top emerge from the stack of otherwise idle pieces of fabric that sit before me as I piece.
Ready for basting and quilting!
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