Monday, May 7, 2012


Due to some crazy May weather (90s in May!), after a Saturday morning outdoor yoga class and getting a few tomato plants in the ground, I retired to my air-conditioned sewing room. Not in the mood for a big project, I decided to tackle a few blocks on my to-do list.

First up was Carolyn's block for our Redbird Quilting Bee. These "Good Fortune" fabrics from Kate Spain are just gorgeous and Carolyn chose a fun and easy block - Ruby, Pearl and Opal free at Moda Bake Shop.

I've had the templates and pattern for the "Retro Flowers" quilt for a couple of weeks. For my first attempt I used Kona aqua for a background and a light print for the flower. Didn't love this one, so I switched to something totally different.

White background with a floral print from "Hello Pilgrim". Better, so...

I pulled some coordinates for 8 more blocks. Just a note on the pattern: The curve was easy to piece and it's trimmed down to size, so you don't have to worry about stretching out of shape. Love that! I also changed up the center strip a bit so that there's less bulky seam in the middle.

And finally, 2 more blocks for the Dresden Fan quilt. I decided to change the white centers to navy - it looks more striking to me.

There have been several requests for more info on this block, so that's coming up later this week! ...Cindy


  1. Love all of these blocks! I really love the retro flowers quilts that I've been seeing...and yours in Hello Pilgrim is quite striking. Great job.

  2. Great blocks! Loving the retro flowers especially!

  3. Loving those retro flowers! So pretty!

  4. Wonderful blocks! Especially those Dresdens!

  5. Loving these. I've been dying to try those retro flowers for a while now!

  6. Did you find the light floral you used with the aqua fabric locally? I am making a quilt from the "Lush" line since Patti Young got her inspiration for the line from a visit to the Missouri Botanical Garden and I had to purchase it on line. I volunteer at the garden and wanted to have a lasting memento.

    1. I had to buy Lush online too. Haven't seen it in any of the local shops.

  7. Thanks Cindy for assembling my block! I especially like your use of the dark fabric on the Retro Flowers block. Nice job!


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