Christmas Figs Done Scrappy, Part 2
During the early fall and again after Thanksgiving, I’ve been piecing a scrappy version of Christmas Figs by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts, published by the Fat Quarter Shop.
Their quilt features the Christmas Figs fabric line by Fig Tree for Moda Fabrics. I had a fat quarter bundle of those fabrics that I’d purchased, and that’s what I used for the first few blocks. But I began to wonder if the blocks would be interesting enough with just those fabrics.
When I came to this Flying Geese block, I decided that since scrappy is what I do best, I should try it on this quilt. I rather liked the way the block came out.
I scrapped up the tree block, too. I think the lighter and darker reds keep the block from looking too flat. They add life!
This lily block has plenty of interest with just three fabrics.
And the same is true of the feathered star.
The peppermints provided a big opportunity for scrappy love. I didn’t hold back.
Goose in the Pond is tamer but even so, doesn’t that ditzy background print add a lot of busyness?
Stayed with just one red and scrapped up the greens for an effective look! See how the red print is directional? There’s no right or wrong way to handle fabrics like this, but it’s something to be aware of so you can control what it does.
When I came back around to this block, I still hated it so I remade it, below.
I think this is better. Now I like it!
Made a pretty big mess of my studio as I arranged and rearranged them on the design wall and finally sewed them together. Discovered I had cornerstones rotated incorrectly and took several rows off again. That wasn’t a happy day.
Finally decided on this arrangement and now it’s ready to go to my extraordinary quilter @beenquiltin, Julie Lechner. I can’t wait to see what she does with it.
This quilt goes into my Jingle Bells Trunk Show, which is really a lot of fun. I’d love to bring it to your quilt guild. Find out more.
And it will also go into a new trunk show of sampler quilts that I’m building, which needs a catchy title. Got any ideas? Leave me a comment! I love to hear what you’re thinking.
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The new version of square in a square block is much better. Gives it more personality. The whole quilt looks great. Job well done.
How about “Happy Scrappy Samplers” or “Not your Grandmother’s Samplers” or “Savvy Samplers-scrappy Style” Love the new blocks!