I’m still doing the quilting on the Accidental Dresden quilt, but I wanted a project I could work on when I need a break from all that quilting. I can’t do it for long because it stresses my neck and shoulders. And let’s face it, we all want several things going on at once, right? 🙂

I’ve wanted to do a brick type pattern for a while now. When the Up Parasol by Heather Bailey layer cake arrived in the mail on Saturday, I knew I had the perfect fabric for the perfect pattern.

Up Parasol Prints by Heather Bailey

The prints are big and soooo cool! Cutting them into a “brick” (5″x10″) allows the prints to shine.  It also allows the top to come together quickly.

Walk Through the Garden quilt

On the design wall before sewing columns together.

Initially I thought I would add some bricks of solids. I bought a few solids from the LQS and JoAnn’s, but when I put them on the design wall they just didn’t work. It became clear to me pretty quickly that the prints were the star of this quilt. So I kept it simple and used a cream for the sashing. Turns out I already had the cream fabric and didn’t need to buy the solids I bought. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll find something to use those baby’s on! 🙂

This quilt is going to be finished much sooner than I expected. I was so excited about it that I got all the columns pieced and the sashing cut in my first sewing session with it. All while my poor Dresden quilt stared at me woefully from the chair in the corner. Have you ever seen a quilt stare at you woefully? NOT a pretty sight! 🙁

FMQ practice on Dresden Quilt


I hope to get more sewing time in this weekend and have some progress to show you soon on both of these great quilts. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!