In January I did something I have never done – I signed up to do a quilt along – this one with Kaffe Fassett. He (and the rest of the collective) have created a quartet of queen size quilts – same pattern but available in four different colour combinations. The quilt block resembles a cog wheel hence the name of the quilt: Gathering No Moss.
The project began when I received an email from Hyggeligt Fabrics in St, Mary’s Ontario advertising the quilt along. Over the years I’ve collected Kaffe Fassett fabrics – my diamond quilts, the Escher quilt all used fabrics from Free Spirit which produces and sells the Kaffe Fassett Collective collections. In years past, I’ve attended a lecture or two of his which I found underwhelming, but I’ve also watched Fassett lead a weekend workshop several years ago on YouTube from which I learned a lot.
I liked the “Delft” fabric collection well enough that I decided to buy the Gathering No Moss fabrics and join the quilt along. The zoom lectures begin on Wednesday – Aug 4 – on Facebook (why there of all places – I try to stay off Facebook). In any case, my fabric bundle from Hyggeligt Fabrics arrived last week. It’s a lovely collection of fabrics. The instructions are for a 77″ x 92″ quilt – a 5 x 6 array of blocks. I decided to keep the array, but downsize the blocks.
The intended quilt block is a 13 1/2″ square:
I did a mock-up of the intended block but I wanted to make a smaller throw size quilt so I downsized the blocks which turned into a block a bit smaller than I wanted. [ A finished 9″ block x 5 = 45″ plus 1.25″ x 6 for the sashing = 7.5″ will give me a finished width of 52 1/2″ – a largish throw quilt.]
Once I’d figured out the block construction and had dimensions for the 9 1/2″ block I was going to make, I got to work on the Delft fabrics. I simplified the instructions – rather than work with the chart describing what to cut from which fabric, I sorted the fabrics into light/dark and medium. The centre blocks I cut from the small medium colour fabrics; then I cut rectangles and squares for the corner blocks from the darks; finally I cut rectangles and squares (which I cut into half-square triangles) from the lights. The cutting went reasonably quickly.
I carefully laid out the centre blocks in a numerical order – Row 1: 1,2,3,4,5; Row 2: 2,3,4,5,1, etc, until I had six rows of five blocks. While I liked the colour of the Delft fabrics I thought the quilt could use a bit of additional colour – I went through my stash of Kaffe Fassett fabrics picking six bright ones, cut a centre square from each which I then substituted into the array on my table – one in each row.
Next I laid out the pieces from the dark fabrics B,C,D,E,F and the light fabrics G,H,I,J,K in an array and began placing dark/light pairs on top of the centre squares – using a similar shifting pairing so that in the end each block will be unique.
You can see the lovely blue and “white” fabrics in the collection. I have so far completed six blocks. The remaining 24 are laid out in position on my cutting table. It takes me about 20 minutes to construct a block so I will need to work on these for the next few days. There’s sashing to insert between the blocks which will tie the whole quilt together – I just haven’t decided what width to use – I’ll make that decision when I have all 30 blocks laid out.
I knew from the beginning I wasn’t likely to follow the instructions. I like the block, so I decided to use it instead of creating something else. Deconstructing the block from the images of the Gathering No Moss quilt was straightforward. I will tune in on Wednesday to see what Fassett has to say – I’m sure I can learn some interesting things from him about colour flow and placement. I’ll report back as I make progress on the project.
What fabric did you use for your mock ups?
I wish I could tell you but they were all from my boxes of small scraps – no identifying information on any of them.
Never mind. I found the tutorial. Thanks.
Thanks for the step by step explanations. Gives me the courage to modify from sight. I especially like how you showed the lay out on your cutting table, makes me jealous of the space available to you, since I’ve just downsized homes.
I downsized five years ago and decided to make my “living room” space a sewing studio! Haven’t regretted it!
You are such a prolific creative person – not at all surprised you just “went for it” as the saying in the skiing world goes.
I can’t be bothered to follow directions! It just bores me silly. Much more interesting to figure it out myself.
Do you love these fabrics? I wonder if if I should take the plunge and buy the kit. I think Debra in Digby has the blue. I’m in Northern Ontario at the cottage. Going to Ottawa then Quebec City on the way home.
It’s not a difficult piecing job – just a 9-patch block but depending on the size quilt you make (the kit gives you a queen) the square-in-square (whether you construct it “snowball” method or HST method is repetitive! You need 4 of these small corner blocks for each 9-patch.
JMN, I’m hoping to reverse engineer this block too. You’d think it would be available in some library somewhere but I haven’t found it yet. I also bought the Affinity Designer software that Elizabeth uses, and it’s an amazing tool, but I haven’t really learned it yet. BTW, if you are a software geek, it’s a bargain.
What I did was take a piece of 1” quilting grid interfacing (I have quite a bit in the house – I use it for postage stamp art quilts) – drew a 9” square (the finished size I wanted), marked the Centre square and other lines. Measured my pieces, added 1/2” to all measurements which gave me the cutting sizes! Took me maybe 15 minutes!