The Island Batik Ambassador challenge for July is to use blocks that create an unexpected design - i.e., a secondary surprise - when placed side by side. Imagine my surprise when fiddling around with my blocks to find not just a secondary but also a tertiary (third) design emerging.
I started out sketching what I knew as an "orange peel" block, only to discover that when there are four peels in a single block, EQ8 calls it Joseph's Coat. Regardless of the name, it's a great block, and one that provided great structure and movement to this very simple quilt. This is Joseph's Coat:
With a little more colour play, immediately, the tertiary design of small border stars emerged.
I love it!
Now to find fabrics in my stash that would work in this quilt... Island Batik very generously provided a good amount of fabric in the first ambassador box which arrived in February. I confess, I have used nearly everything in that box! It's a very good thing that a second box is on its way here now. I chose "milkshake" from the "Foundations" line for the peels; I started to cut the pieces out with a seam allowance to piece my blocks with curved seams, only to realize I would not have enough fabric. Plan B was to use raw edge appliqué instead, which meant I did not have to have a seam allowance. Gaining that extra 1/2" per peel was just enough for me to cut enough shapes (88 peels) for a 42" square quilt. Whew!
I had a stencil from Mrs Pugsley's Emporium that was perfect, and it fit the plain spaces to a T when placed on point.
My Bohin marker is quickly becoming my go-to marker. Its fine lead is great for a stencil, the lines show up clearly, and it's easy to remove afterwards.