Just in case you didn't catch my prior posts about Fat Quarter Winners by Monique Dillard for C&T Publishing, here's what you've missed; Lisa, Nicole, Monique and I all selected a pattern from Monique's Fat Quarter Winners book and have been blogging about our project this whole month.
The pattern I selected was Crazy Eights.
If you've got the book, Crazy Eights is the very last pattern. I think Monique saved the best for last! When I first looked the book over, I liked Pinochle the best (Lisa's pattern) but now that my Crazy Eights quilt is done, it's my favorite!
My official book tour big reveal is Wednesday, but I wanted to share how I went about arranging my blocks for the center of my quilt, and if I saved that for Wednesday's post, that would be a loooooooong post!
So this is where I left you the last time I blogged about Crazy Eights,
with my basketful of Crazy Eight Blocks, 84 of them.
I went with 21 different red and black color combinations, and made 4 blocks from each combo. That in itself would make for a nice scrappy quilt, but I'm a nut about like fabrics touching in my scrappy quilts, so this is how I went about arranging my 84 Crazy Eights blocks.
First I started with a nice, clean, empty design wall.
I always run the lint brush over my design wall between projects. Isn't it amazing the amount of threads those design walls attract?
Then I laid out each stack of blocks, 4 like blocks in each stack,
The pattern calls for one block in each corner of the border, so first off I selected four of my favorite blocks.
And it was hard, because I like them all. I put them aside in the basket, so I would know where they were when I was ready for them.
So then I started selecting blocks and placing them on my design wall, eight across.
Here they are, one block of each combo, right now it's impossible for any like colors to be touching because each block is different.
As I took a block off each stack, I turned that stack over, face down, so I would not select that block again until ALL blocks had been selected and put on the design wall.
Once all the blocks were face down, I turned them all face up and started the process again, being careful not to have any like blocks touching, but it wasn't that hard, since I had 21 blocks to choose from.
After the design wall was covered with 80 blocks I had one left over!!
How did that happen????
That nearly drove me crazy I knew I had 21 combos, I knew I had made the blocks in groups of 4, where did the extra block come from.....then I remembered, my inspiration block, my very first block! Guess I have one for the label now.
So here's what I consider a perfect arrangement, and with very little fuss.
I always sleep on a block arrangement, one look before bed and another first thing in the morning, then I start sewing the blocks together.
If you think this looks good, wait until you see these blocks connected and the border added, oh la la (I say ooh la la, but evidently that is not the correct spelling!) What took me so long to make a red and black quit, I just love it!
Don't miss the big reveal on Wednesday! Plus I'll announce the winner of the Fat Quarter Winners book and ruler set.
I'm heading to Paducah, Kentucky this week to attend the AQS Quilt Show. This will be my 6th consecutive year. It's a wonderful show and the folks of the city of Paducah really make all the quilters feel welcome and at home. My Big Reveal post is written and hopefully will be published on Wednesday, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed!
I'll catch up with you and your goings on next week and have a full report of my time at the show.
Today Nicole is revealing the first finish for the book tour, Rummy, be sure to stop by, from what I've seen I think it's going to be a stunner!
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