When I begin a new quilting project, I soon form an impression or a feeling about the quilt. The impression I have about Sue Garman’s “Bed of Roses” is that it is a perfect example of the quote by Aristotle: “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. The part (or pieces) of this quilt are actually quite simple….bias strips, circles and very simple shapes. Put them altogether and you end up with an awesome and very complex looking block. This block (and Blocks 1 & 2) are available on my website Simple Bird Studio. You can order just the patterns, or you can order each pattern with the same fabrics I am using.
If you would like a few simple tips on how to make bias strips, circles and other common shapes, you can watch my youtube videos. Always entertaining!
So, let’s start with the bias. These pieces get glued in place first because they will go under the next piece. Notice that I have trimmed these bias strips on an angle where they meet and will be covered.
Next, I added the flowers, which are made up some very simple pieces.
The next shape is very unassuming (and not very exciting!). But just you wait!
Add some more simple pieces and look what you end up with. I can’t be the only one getting goosebumps!
Now this next piece might look a little overwhelming, but just clip the curves and away you go!
Believe it or not, it just gets easier from here! Add some leaves….
…and some circles……
…and you have just completed a very easy (but most complex looking!) block!! How easy was that?
Til next time…