Friendship Knot Quilt Block – WIP

This is probably getting monotonous, but I still am not ready to show photos of the Album quilt top, although I am getting close. I’m also continuing to work in the evenings on the Christmas quilt and the second row is nearly complete — pictures coming soon.

This is a quilt design copied from a pattern in the April, 1984 issue of Quilter’s Newsletter. There was a whole series called “Scrap Quilts,” many of which I bookmarked for future projects. This pattern appealed to me so much that I managed to let go of my obsession to use just vintage prints. There was no way I would be able to find appropriate fabrics for the backgrounds, or enough of the same print for the corner diamonds. Consequently, the only vintage prints in these blocks are the D pieces which are from some really big vintage Double Wedding Ring arcs.

My block is reduced a bit from the original 15″ block to accommodate the size of my DWR pieces — it’s still a pretty big block. Hand piecing works best for this pattern because of all the curves and set-in pieces, and the diagramed example works very well for stitching the three units together. The sashing color in the magazine photo is so cute, but I tried a few orangey & gold colors and thought they looked terrible with my blocks — I’ll have to keep looking.

UPDATE:  Page 2 of the Friendship Knot pattern can be found on this post.

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