My next project is Summer Wind. This is an older pattern by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co, you may have this finished quilt on your bed. When I googled this quilt I found a lot of them out in blogland.
Do you have friends that share your taste in quilts? Nicole, at Sister's Choice, has excellent taste in quilts, and it's the same as mine. We've sewed several quilts together, Toulouse, Belle Meade, Hallowe'en 1904, Red and White Snowball, Autumn in my Garden, and Hill Country Baskets to name a few. After seeing Nicole's Birdseye and Mocha Trails I made them myself. I think a project on Nicole's current To Do list is Wild Air, a quilt I finished last year. And now I'm doing it again, this is Nicole's Summer Wind, made from Astor Manor by Three Sisters.
Someone else who shares my taste in quilt projects is Sinta at Pink Pincushion. We've never sewed projects together but Sinta rarely finishes a quilt that doesn't go on my To Do list and she is currently working on Coastal Lilies and Evening Bloom, two of my favorite finishes. Plus there are the Schnibbles we make every month.
For over a year we've been trying to come up with a project to sew together. Well we finally have one and it was this fabric that got the ball rolling, High Street by Lily Ashbury for Moda. I saw a fat quarter bundle online and fell in love with the design and colors of this family. I also thought it looked like the kind of fabric Sinta usually goes for, shabby chic. So Sinta took one look and said she was in. Then we needed to decide on a pattern. We both love Summer Wind, have not made it, and there you go.
The only problem with using a fat quarter bundle for this project is that the large center star requires two like fat quarters. So Sinta and I decided to pick a fabric for the center and exchange fat quarters so we would have the two matching fat quarters we needed.
Here's the fat quarter I selected and the one Sinta mailed to me. I think it made this sew along a little more fun, having to exchange fat quarters before we could even get started.
So once the swap was done we were ready to start. Right off the bat I struggled, I think it was a case of too many pieces of pretty fabric to choose from right from the start. So here's my first center.
But I decided I didn't like the yellow so I switched to green.
But once I added the corner pieces I decided I didn't like the green.
So I went back to the yellow.
And changed the corners, but I'm done now and I'm happy, so that's all that matters.
The rest of the rows are scrappy so I don't expect to struggle anymore with my fabric choices.
I'm using the Summer Wind pattern in the A Touch of Rosie Quilts book. So if you would like to sew along too and have this book, you're set. If you don't have the pattern Carrie will have a PDF pattern available in her store soon. I'll let you know when it's available.
Sinta enclosed this note in the package with her fat quarter.
I am ready, set and going!
Sinta is blogging about her progress on Summer Wind today. We're using the same pattern, the same fabric bundle, and Sinta's center has a very different look. Be sure to check it out.