I couldn’t bear to wait till the end of January for the official BM&I posting day….
There are so many lovely fabrics sitting in the Hatbox Quilt pile, and I couldn’t resist their siren call. So, without further ado, here are the next FOUR Hatbox blocks.
I’m now officially halfway through the blocks I need to make. The process of tracing, basting and appliquéing the boxes to their backgrounds is peaceful and meditative, and I’ll miss it when the quilt is done, but already there are other appliqué quilt ideas marinating in the dark recesses of my brain!
I’ve finally decided what colour to make the sashing between the blocks. It was never going to be white or cream, that decision was easy. And black and dark grey and navy were too harsh in contrast with the pastels and saturated colours. It needed to be a neutral that wasn’t neutral. And I’ve found just the thing. It’s a pale grey/lilac/dusty blue shot cotton which calls itself cornflower, but is a pale lavender to my eyes, a blue tone rather than pink. It will punctuate the space between the squares without being over assertive. It’s also a colour I love, so I will be very happy to live with it on this quilt. The binding is also picked out, a rich blueberry shot cotton which blends beautifully with the sashing fabric. And the backing? Who knows? But I’m feeling nudged towards rose pink…
Right, back to the sewing machine. It’s January, and Esther’s month for F²F², so I can’t show what I’m up to – it’s a secret!