Before I go on, this is block #8 inspired by four of my favorite Van Morrison songs: In the Garden, Sweet Thing, And it Stoned Me and Into the Mystic. Common themes are rain and water, mist, nature and a sense of transformation (thus the dragonflies).
Block #8 A Tribute to Van Morrison
From my own garden "wet with rain"
Here's my original paper pattern with the quilt layout I had planned: (in random colors)
I liked this unusual layout. Each block or record would have three separate circular borders.
When adding the third border though, I used the wrong pattern and cut all the border pieces the wrong size. Not to worry, I redrafted a correctly sized pattern and pulled enough fabrics from my stash to cut all new pieces.
This new third border was pieced (I use 4 separate pieces to create the circle borders) and sewn to each block. Time to layout and finish this quilt!
But.... when I checked that original design layout - ahem - this quilt would turn out to be 112" x 112"! Only 20 inches larger all around than I had planned. The third border would have to be eliminated. I'd never even attempt to make a quilt this large.
My carpenter Tom always says "measure twice, cut once." Well, I'd already cut that third border twice.
Do you ever feel like just stuffing a project in the closet and starting something new? I felt like it, but I love these blocks too much, so no, I had to keep working at it. At this point my only choice was to forge ahead and decide it would have to be a masterpiece.
So, I removed that 3rd border from each block completely and decided to set the blocks in a traditional 3 x 3 layout (your basic Nine Patch). Meaning I needed to design one more block to equal 9 total.
Which I did; in one day - idea, design, all ready to appliqué. I had no problem coming up with another favorite rock song.
Block #9 is Forever Young written by Bob Dylan, my favorite version sung by The Band. It consists of flower buds, clean, simple and beautiful; young and hopeful always.
Forever Young by Bob Dylan
I know one thing: I shall follow "Tom's Law" more closely from now on.