March is also the month for Nettie in the Cottage quilting bee. She sent me a lovely selection of fabrics in orange, pale blue and brown. She wanted blocks of varying size from 14" to 8" and was not fussed as to what we made although she did tell us that she was into improv blocks at the moment.
This was the first 10" block I came up with.
I added in the solid brown and the blue circles (which are Timeless Treasure from goodness knows when, they have been in my stash for donkey's years). Really the motifs on the fabric dictated this block to me. I was also inspired by these blocks by Film in the Fridge.
When cutting the squares for the block above it suddenly dawned on me to do some circles. I have made a few circle quilts and have always liked the results. They are not difficult. Partly because the way I do it is not supposed to give you results that are perfectly lined up! As you can see in this block the centre circle is a little off. But I think it makes quite an effective block.
If anyone is interested I could show you how I do it. Just leave me a comment.
The block itself ended up just a tick over 12.5" and I was really reluctant to cut it to 12.5" since that would mean the outside circles would be smaller than the inner circle. Nettie is happy with it as is. So a little bit over 12.5" it stays!
Finally I put together another 10" block from the scraps I had left over from the first two blocks.
This was a LOT of fun! I am really enjoying being a part of a quilting bee. I highly recommend it to anyone interested.