Regular readers will probably remember that I am working on Bonnie Hunter’s Garden Party quilt that was featured in Quiltmaker magazine. It looks like this…
You might also remember when I started making it I commented that the directions are written different than how Bonnie typically writes. That wasn’t a huge surprise for me as I know that directions for quilt designs featured in Quiltmaker aren’t written by the designer.
Quiltmaker did a great job with the chain blocks….They incorporated strip piecing.
When it came to the hot cross buns blocks they didn’t. I am really bad at organization so the fewer pieces I have to keep track of the better. So when I cut my version out I didn’t follow the directions. I tried to think of how Bonnie might write the directions so instead of cutting 4 – 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ colored squares and 4 – 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ neutral squares I cut 1 - 1 1/2″ x 7″ strip of colored and one of neutral along with the rest of the pieces needed for the blocks.
From there I sewed the two strips together, ironed to the colored piece and trimmed the pieced strip into 4 – 1 1/2″ segments.
Now I was ready to start the block assembly.
Before I knew it I had a block.
Just taking that one step and simplifying it by strip piecing was great for me. Like I said, I am organizationally challenged and anything I can do to make it just a little easy makes me happy…
…and for a little good news, that block you see above is the final hot cross bun block that I need. This quilt is actually getting closer to done!