So here's my inspiration block for Coastal Lily. Before I go cutting all the fabric for a new project I always make one block. Sometimes I figure out a different way to make a block from the pattern on that first block, not necessarily a better way, but a way I prefer. Sometimes I figure out there are pieces I can make bigger then square up, which I always do when I can. Sometimes I find a mistake in the pattern. And sometimes I learn that the designer had it all figured out and all I have to do is follow the instructions, which is the case for this block.
This is one huge lily, 10 inches finished.
Someone asked if this block was paper pieced, nope, nothing but regular piecing on this block. There are only 15 pieces to each block, so once I get the pieces and parts cut and pieced the assembly should be a breeze.
White, someone asked about my background fabric, I'm going with a Moda Bella Solid, Bleached White. I think a pale yellow would have made a nice background too.
So there were a few new things to figure out with this first block, besides the regular piecing I needed to select a decorative stitch for the bloom berry stems and decide how I wanted to make my berries. It took awhile to make this first block.
Right off the bat there are a couple of things that I love about this block. The bloom points float so I don't have to worry about cutting off those points when I assemble the quilt top, I'll just need to look out for the leaf points. The stem is pieced not appliquéd. And finally, aren't those bloom berries the cutest thing? I love circles, I would love to make a quilt with nothing but circles.
Just in case you've forgotten, here's the pattern, Coastal Lily by Minick & Simpson.
And here's my fabric.
I have 105 more berries, 180 flying geese and 35 more lily blocks to piece before I can start assembling the top, I'll blog about my berry method and that decorative stitch another day. Now that I have the first block done I won't have very interesting pictures to share until all the pieces and parts are done. But I love my first block and it will literally be my inspiration block.