Because I didn't label it, I have no idea when it was made. (Note to self: always label your quilts. You will be glad you did someday.) My fuzzy recollection is that I took a class at the local quilt shop. It must have been in the mid-eighties. I vaguely remember it was called Coat of Many Colors or something like that. I've named it Star Crossed. Although I have saved lots of stuff from my early years learning to make quilts, there is nothing in my files about this quilt, no notes, no pattern, nothing. I measured the pieces & figured out that there are four basic parts. The easy one is a plain 4"(finished) square. The other parts are:
2X4 (finished) Flying Goose
4X4 (finished) Square in a Square
6X6 Whatever the heck this block is. I have no clue.
Once I figured that out, I just dove into my scraps & started making blocks. Then somewhere along the line, I packed the parts away & forgot about them. Yesterday, I dug out the bin of parts & put them up on my design wall to assess what I needed to complete the top. Here is the chaos that met me.
Lots of parts still missing. And how do I assemble all those parts without going crazy? I remember that when I made the original I laid all the parts out on the living room floor and stayed up all night and all the next day sewing them together. My family thought I had gone off the deep end. Surely there has to be a simpler way to assemble this top.
As I stared at all those parts trying to count how many more I needed to make, I felt like I was in the middle of a Bonnie Hunter mystery where you make a gazillion flying geese and then a bazillion square in a squares and then cut several thousand squares with no idea how all those parts will ever fit together. Then it suddenly dawned on me that there is really only 2 basic blocks in this quilt.
Block A (finished 10")
Block B (finished 10")
Just alternate the blocks ABAB etc. Row one starts with Block A and row two with Block B. Repeat. Easy peasy.
Once I had solved that puzzle, it was easy to count how many more parts I needed. All the square in a square & flying geese blocks are sewn together the same way like this:
There are 2 of these units in each 10" block. Just pay close attention to the different placement in Block A & Block B. The square in a square blocks have always given me fits. They generally turn out a skosh too small. I found a chart here that solves the problem. There is a lot of trimming involved but the results are a vast improvement. Thanks, Bonnie. I can always count on you when I'm searching for anything quilt related.
The original quilt is square and I want to make the new one bigger so I'm adding another full row and a partial block row on one side so it will be rectangular. Then I'll add a border so it will fit my bed. Using the 2 basic 10" blocks and partials, this quilt can be made almost any size you want.
When I posted about this top back in 2010, I received a few emails asking for instructions. One non blogger gal even sent me her mailing address. I promptly lost both the email and her snail mail address. I have been riddled with guilt ever since. I hope she finds this post and forgives me for never sending her the instructions.