—At long last I have finally finished the quilt top I began months ago where I used Excel to help me determine the size and block layout. I can’t take credit for the original design; it’s called “Patio,” and it’s by Monica Solorio-Snow who blogs over at Happy Zombie.
Before I show you the top, I’d like to digress for just a minute about the pattern. I saw it on Pinterest and at the time, the pin did not have Monica’s name or blog on it. I tried to find the designer at the time, but couldn’t. (I’ve since updated the original post.)
I say this because I really do believe in giving credit where it’s due. I hope others will feel the same about my work. That’s why I don’t think it would be right for me to do a tutorial for this block/pattern.
However, I do think some designs are pretty easy to figure out from the photo, even more so if you have the size/dimensions of the finished quilt. I’m no math whiz, but I’ve sewn and quilted long enough to have a pretty good idea of block size, especially when it’s a simple block like this one.
So, does that make me unethical for not buying the pattern because I could easily do the math? I don’t think so, any more than I wouldn’t feel obligated to buy a patten that was a set of nine-patches or similar traditional block. If my final quilt doesn’t match the original version exactly, I’m OK with that. If I didn’t learn any tricks in cutting/piecing/etc., by not buying the pattern, I’m OK with that, too.
Enough of my soap box. On to the quilt!
It was incredibly sunny yesterday, so it was tough to get a decent photo. I decided the shade was going to do a lot better than the bright sunshine of high noon when I shot this. I even got on a ladder so I could get a better angle.
Here’s a close up: (the colors are much truer on this pic.)
I’m really thrilled with how this turned out; now I just have to decide on the quilting. Initially, I toyed with the idea of doing something fancy in the white areas, but I really love the simplicity of straight-line quilting, even if it takes forever. I’ll probably wind up doing either that or a simple meander. I really want to show off the beauty of the fabrics here.
Speaking of which, here’s what I think is my favorite fabric of all. I wish I knew what it was because I’d buy yards of it if it were still available. It’s a Kaffe Fasset, called Peony, but after more than 10 years, I think it’ll be pretty difficult to find.
What do you guys think? Are you willing to pay for a pattern that seems simple enough to determine from the photo? Do you think I should have bought Monica’s pattern? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.