Back in June, I won gorgeous Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids Charm Pack from Blossom Heart Quilts. The colors are amazing and that stack made me long for a project where I could use them.
I popped the wrap off the squares, picked through the colors and thought...sure, I could use all of them. A good rainbow is hard to beat. I could slice them in half, make half square triangles...I could do so many things if only I would settle on something!!
And then it happened! Light bulb moment! While playing with the colors I somehow gravitated towards the cool colors. The blues! The greens! Cool, so now what? If it hadn't been early afternoon, I would have had a glass of wine to calm my frustration!!
I reminded myself over and over that it's okay if you screw it up, if it doesn't turn out. We (me), want each and every project to work the first time, but it sometimes just doesn't.
With a shadow block swirling in my head, I went about figuring out the math on the shadow part. A couple test blocks and 'Cool Waters' was born!
I set about sewing the shadows on to each block. First the bottom, then the side.
Which led to a lot of these. I used 40 charm squares for this quilt, which still leaves me 60 more from the pack! It's a start, right?
After rearranging a few times, I came up with a layout that worked for me. The next step was connecting the rows. I added the short sashing strips first, connecting the rows horizontally. Vertically, the longer strips took more time. I marked and pinned in an attempt to keep everything as lined up as possible.
With the panel pieced, I was feeling pretty good about this! I thought long and hard about how and where to place the panel. Centered? Off center? I went with off center. The next big decision will be quilting. Maybe some waves for motion and to break up the grid. That remains to be seen!
If you are like me, have charm squares sitting on a shelf and are looking for a way to use them...I recommend this design! I think solids work, I think prints would work. Just a panel or an entire quilt full.
This quilt will be roughly 56" x 74". The grey is Bella Grey (all scraps!), the background is Kona Snow.
You can find the tutorial for the block here: