I've finished piecing my project from my Carrie Nelson Chicago Class #3....for some reason I started on the last class project and am working backwards...The pattern is Ashcombe, the name comes from a hedge maze in Australia....I do think this pattern has a maze look to it, so I named my quilt A-Mazing Abundance....because of the maze design and because that Simple Abundance fabric, by Bonnie and Camille for Moda, is simply amazing....
As I mentioned to several folks already, I would not have made this pattern had it not been a class project. I am so glad I did not pass it up. This pattern is only limited by your sense of adventure. It can be large, small, or any size in the middle, and I can't imagine any fabric used in this setting not looking wonderful. It could be a real stash buster too.
When I first threw all my blocks on my design wall, the green really stood out. I was wanting the focus to be more on the red side, but during one of our classes, Carrie mentioned that when a color doesn't work in a quilt, don't take it out, add more....so I did, and oddly enough, I think that really did the trick!
At this point, I contemplated adding a red containment border. Carrie also mentioned that whatever color you use in the borders of your quilt, will bring focus to that color in the center of your quilt. I was really wanting to focus on the red. But when I put a strip of red fabric on my design wall, I just didn't like the looks of it, so I dropped that idea and stayed with Carrie's pieced outer border.
I did make one, itsy bitsy change, the pattern called for a 4 patch block in the corner of the outer border......
Since all the 4 patches in the center of the quilt were floating in the background fabric, I decided to to the same for the corner.
made with Simple Abundance.
And here's mine.
This quilt has approximately 813 pieces,
and finished at 68" x 78".
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I think this will be one of my all time favorite quilts. First, because the quilt's charm came as such a total surprise to me. But also, it will always remind me of the wonderful time I had on my trip, the great new friends I made, and the old friends who became even dearer to me.
Thanks Prairie Star Quilters Guild for sponsoring this class!! I hope to hear from my fellow classmates and see their finished projects!!