The Spring 2008 issue of Designer Quilts magazine featured a red and white quilt called Checkerboard Square, designed by Alex Anderson using fabrics from her Never Enough Romance line for P&B Textiles. As quilt designs go, it’s pretty basic: 18 squares set on point, surrounded by nine-patches and sashing strips. The fabric line really made her design sing, though. It included a large toile and seven companion fabrics, and it came not just in red but also in black and royal blue colorways.
I decided to make the blue version, and in the fall of 2008 I cut the entire quilt out. And, for some reason I can’t explain, I put the quilt aside. For five years. Last week I decided that this UFO would be the first one to tackle in this fresh New Year.
First I made 48 sets of sashing strips. (No, that’s not quite accurate. I cut the first four sets an inch short and had to make new ones.) Then I made 31 nine-patch units. Then, because I am admittedly obsessive about such things, I arranged the 18 squares on point on my design wall and moved them around until I felt the blooms and vines in the toile design were more or less evenly distributed. Here are my toile squares:
I’m almost half done joining the rows. With the setting triangles attached, it’s starting to look like a real quilt:
My New Year is off to a promising start. I hope yours is, too!