I’ve been working on a few things lately- a mystery, an Alaska, a self drafted one for a friend’s mother, and this one. This one is called Indigo Bravo (by Nightingale Quilts). It’s being made as a surprise birthday gift for my neighbor’s father who is turning 90 soon. He’s a snarky old Marine, and we love him like family! I liked the Indigo pattern for its simplicity and how well it works with a solid color scheme. It’s navy, white, and gold, and will be bound in a red - a nod to the Marine Corps blood stripe. To balance the angles (or, at least not emphasize where my 45° are not exactly 45°) I’m quilting in an edge to edge fleur de lis design. It’s soft without being feminine, so hoping that works for this old leatherneck! Completed pics should be added soon - especially since this quilt has a scheduled appearance at Pap Pap’s party!
I’ve learned an important, hard to swallow lesson on this piece. I’m a generally impatient person and I thrive on seeing progress. So I skipped some steps that were, in hindsight, pretty darn important. I did not draw my lines for the half square triangles on the first half. And I didn’t square up. I know!! I didn’t think it would make a difference because I cut carefully and these are relatively large blocks. BUT IT MATTERED. As a result, my blocks are ever-so-slightly off, taking the points of many triangles as collateral damage. So - take the time. Draw the line, square the blocks. All in all, it’s easy to do and doesn’t take that much time, and you’ll be happier in the end.