Floating Quilt Pattern

Happy Monday everyone, and welcome to October! Can you believe it? We have officially entered the final quarter of 2017, and I don’t know about you but I am finding my days flying by.

It’s been really busy over here at the Cooking Up Quilts house. I love the busy-ness and checking all the projects off my To Do list, but I find myself sometimes wishing for a less hectic schedule. We are having cooler weather, lots of fall sunshine, and the days are really beautiful. Hubby and I have been spending a bit of time each morning swinging on our new front porch….hmmm, I just realized how that sounds. Let me say that again.

Hubby and I have been enjoying our morning coffee in the swing on our new front porch. The mornings are so cool I have been wrapping up in my favorite quilt while sitting in the swing. Summer has always been my favorite season, but as I get older I find that Fall is just about to take the top spot. What’s your favorite season of the year?

I owe you an apology for being AWOL last week. Without going into detail let me just say it was an emotional week and I took a few days to withdraw without really meaning to. I didn’t realize how much I would be missed, and I love and appreciate all of you who reached out. My quilty friends are the best!

One of the projects I have been working on is making another quilt using my first pattern, Floating. I am re-printing all my patterns into booklet form and I want a new cover quilt for this particular pattern. You can see the original version here. This project is my OMG for October and I’m linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.

As you may have guessed by now, I have a BIG crush on all things Alison Glass. So when I started thinking about the fabrics I would use for the remake, I immediately knew I wanted to make an AG version of Floating.

AG Meadow

Before I started cutting into those lovely fabrics though, I wanted to see how they would look in my design. I took a little time to play around with fabric placement. I imported the fabrics into EQ7 and started experimenting. I have to say, importing fabric swatches is my favorite feature of EQ7.

I ended up with 35 different versions. Thirty-five!! I finally had to say ‘enough!’ and make a decision.

Here is a small sample of what I came up with:

And here is the version that I decided to make:

Floating Quilt Pattern

I love the way that dark gold (Alison has named it Midas) pops those blocks off the background and gives them the floating effect. All the other colors recede and look layered which is exactly the look this pattern strives to achieve. I think the AG prints were the perfect choice for me to work with.

The first few blocks are hanging on my sewing room wall. I always get so excited to start putting completed blocks on the wall and see the quilt top start coming together. My sewing room is all sorts of happy right now!

Floating Quilt Pattern

Once all the cutting was done the blocks went together quickly. The pattern utilizes fast strip piecing techniques and chain piecing makes it all go even faster.

All the blocks are made and I’ve started sewing them into rows. I hope to have the rows sewn together later this week.  I’m super excited with how it looks and I get a little rush every time I look at it. Do you do that when you’re making a quilt?

Floating Blocks on Design Wall

Rows are being sewn together.

Next up will be coming up with a quilting plan. Sometimes I instantly know how a top wants to be quilted and other times it takes a while before it starts talking to me. I’ve got some ideas swimming around in my head; hopefully I’ll have a full blown plan by the time I’m finished with the piecing.

My goal is have the entire quilt finished by the end of the month. Since today is only Oct. 2, I think I might reach my goal! 🙂

This project is my crush for this week’s Main Crush Monday. Now it’s time for you to share yours! You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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