So here is my inspiration for my pickle dish quilt, Gypsy Kisses, from the Material Obsession 2 book.
And here is the actual pattern that I'm using to piece my project, Pickle Dish.
It's from the Kaffe Fassett Quilt Romane Book.
The Gypsy Kisses finished quilt was too big for my liking, and the eyes and outside corners are hand appliquéd. The Kaffe Fassett finished size was perfect and all the parts are machine pieced, no hand appliqué.
I pieced all the arcs first.
Then sewed the eyes and the background fabric to each arc.
My background centers are made up of 4 pieces, you may prefer those sections to be one unit, if so go with a different template or pattern. I think you would need to pay better attention to your fabric if you go with the method that I'm using, where the centers are pieced. My fabric looks OK, I don't even think the seams are noticeable, other fabric may not look as nice, or maybe that kind of thing doesn't even bother you at all.
I'm going to add a border more like the Gypsy Kisses border.
The arcs are paper pieced and the corners and eyes are cut from a template then machined stitched to the arcs. I traced the eyes and corners on pieces of freezer paper that were pressed onto the fabric, then I cut them out. Everything came together perfectly and accurately. (I must have been at an odd angle when I took this picture, all the blocks finished square, this one looks off, it is not.)
There are several methods and tools from which to choose when making a pickle dish quilt. I hope you'll find one that suits you and add this quilt to your To Do list, it's nothing but fun.