New quilters are usually encouraged to begin piecing with simple squares and rectangles. Those straight edges and right angles go together simply. But we’ve been around the block a few times here in the Buzz, our office quilting bee. We’ve tried our hands at circles and X’s, as well as improvisational piecing, fusible appliqué, and foundation piecing.
After all this, I thought the group was ready to tackle triangles….but I don’t want picture-perfect half-square triangles or flying geese. I want to see each one of my colleague’s personality come through in their quilt blocks.
And I love this quilt:
featured in the chapter ‘Define Modern’ of the book Sunday Morning Quilts. I have been following the blog of Cheryl’s co-author, Amanda Jean Nyberg, since I started quilting. Coming to work at C&T, I am exposed to even more amazing modern quilters and watching their books develop is just one of the fringe benefits of my job!
You won’t find the instructions for this exact quilt in the book, but you will find a not-as-scrappy version called ‘Nap Like an Egyptian’. I have plenty of scraps, but I don’t want to deplete my scrap stash of any one color, so I decided to make a rainbow version of this quilt:
I spent an evening sorting through my scraps, making piles on the living room floor in all the hues of the rainbow, and then some (I added in brown and black). I worked through all my various white and white-on-white scraps, and even had to cut more. It’s nice to feel like I’m making a dent in my scraps AND my stash all in one project (fabric-aholics, you know what I mean!)
I asked the Buzzers to each make me 5 equilateral triangles so I could make my own version of ‘Nap Like an Egyptian’. One of the best features of this book, in my opinion, is the ‘Make It Yours’ section at the end of each project. When a book is all about scraps, no one is ever going to be able to make the exact same project.
This is where my version stands so far, and I am loving it!