|Etchings quilt--72 x 83"|
Next project --> I pulled out FQs bought on clearance years ago from Connecting Threads. Some are "Country Essentials" and others are "Country Essentials Spring." I'm using some from each line, then added a swirly brown print, a darker blue print from Moda's "Wildflower Serenade," and a 2nd dark green print (after this photo was taken).
|Quilt starts with 6-1/2" squares|
The pattern is "Carson's Courtyard" by Christine Baker. The intermediate difficulty level didn't make sense. After all, you just start with squares -- seam and slice, seam and slice, seam and slice.
|starting "Courtyard" layout on the design wall|
Good news--the FQs I pulled out are all used--no leftover scraps. I'm sick and tired of tossing scraps into a bag or box. I'm dealing with them now! Leftovers were cut into squares and strips for Bonnie Hunter projects in the future.
The instructions are for ALL seams to be pressed open. I figured out a way to avoid that, making seams in each block nest, but now I have to arrange and turn blocks and hope for more nesting when I start putting the top together. Fingers crossed.
FINAL THOUGHT: The level of difficulty rating on quilts is for a reason. Don't think you're smarter than the designer and editors, as I did.