I’m not going to start a new quilt until I’ve finished at least two other tops. But if I were, it might be this one:

Isn’t it a beauty? I saw this quilt on display last week at BJ’s Quilt Basket in Bend, Oregon, where I spent a few days visiting my dad.

At first glance, the basic block in this quilt looks like the classic Winding Ways, with the addition of a pinwheel in the center. As I understand it, the Winding Ways block is made with curved seams, yet all the seams in this quilt are straight. What you see is the illusion of curves. I love that!

I bought the pattern on the spot:


I’m drawn to this design because it can look traditional or contemporary, depending on the fabrics used. The quilt on the pattern cover looks very traditional while the one in the quilt shop has a contemporary vibe thanks to the Australian aboriginal fabrics used.

I could see making two versions of A Mid-Winters Night. But not just yet. I’m not starting a new quilt. I’m not, I’m not, I’m not!




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15 Responses to Tempted

  1. Jeanne says:

    Sure you’re not.
    I’m not convinced.
    That pattern does fool the eye — it does look like curved seams. I can see why you are tempted.
    Very cute.

  2. Vickie says:

    Oh yeah right. Just keep telling yourself that. I personally think you should start both versions now so you could just once have projects waiting in the wings like some of your friends.

  3. Judy Madden says:

    This quilt is so fun to make! I was going to post a picture of mine here but don’t see that I can.

  4. Jeanne-mariel says:

    I saw the quilt at bj’s and bought the pattern on the spot too!

  5. Sandy says:

    I want to do that one! How neat! I’m like you though…I have other projects that need finishing first.

  6. Mallory says:

    No No not another class yet. I love it but have to finish my Stars quilt first.
    You pick the most wonderful patterns.

  7. Diane says:

    I like it a lot!!

  8. Kristi says:

    I had to laugh! I know the feeling of wanting to finish UFOs before starting a new project but it’s such a difficult thing to do. Last week I bought three patterns from Sam Hunter, our guest speaker at MPS! Now you’ve tempted me with a new pattern. I think I need a support group! (I will be very interested in seeing what you do with this pattern.)

  9. Colleen says:

    Very interesting choice for you. I’m with you as far as wanting to finish UFO’s before starting something else. But the temptation is great isn’t it? LOL.

  10. Do it Dawn! Do it! I’ll be your enabler. I’m sure you will get the others done too. I have wanted to do the Winding Ways pattern for a long time, but I put it off due to the curved seams. I know I can do a curved seamed quilt (done one as a USA flag with wavy stripes) – but it does take a bit more prep and time. This might be a great alternative… Thanks for sharing!

    • As a follow up… I was able to visit The Cottage Rose booth at the Quilt Festival yesterday, and I bought the pattern as well. I’m hoping I already have a triangle ruler that will be the right size, or I can make a template for it. I look forward to seeing a test block from you soon!

      • Dawn says:

        Ah, Jennifer! I love that you are giving me permission to forge ahead. I am just finishing up a quilt top. When it’s done, I may have to reward myself by making that test block!!

  11. Charles M White says:

    It will be gorgeous. Fascinating design.

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