With the Diamond quilt project nearly complete, I turned back to the boxes full of set-aside stuff on my shelf for inspiration to turn something old into something new.
This combination of flying gees units and half-square triangles were next up in the box from which several place mats have recently emerged.
There were enough parts to make nine blocks, as long as I added a little something from my stash for the block centers.
Also in the box, I found a mix of half-square triangles, half-square triangle units (triangles that have been sewn and pressed), and some 3-1/2" squares in varying shades of purple and blue.
I've got some ideas for these but for now, I think I'll set them aside, while inspiration percolates, and turn back to the semi-completed blocks.
Instead of making sawtooth star blocks, I turned the flying geese units so the center points pointed outward and added a center print to each block from my stash. The block parts in the box were pastel blue, green, and lavender. I was pleased to find such a good match for the block centers. . .
With the nine blocks complete, I debated over what might be next. The blocks finish to 8" square, so setting them next to each other would have made a fairly small quilt. Add some sashing, maybe?
Then it occurred to me to test a theory about The Big Day Quilt pattern which was created to support a collection of blocks from The FLOCK and The AfterFLOCK. I have always felt that this pattern could easily support a collection of orphan blocks.
My blocks, although they are all the same size, seemed to fit the bill. Would this pattern be the solution to create a cohesive quilt from these old blocks?
Then I thought, let's test it and see!
Back to the fabric stash to find some coordinates to border the quilt block and to create the block borders and center as per the Big Day pattern.
With the center print for inspiration, a few prints were unearthed, and a test 'flight' block was made. . . .
. . . and was then placed on the design wall for a step back view.
I'm already working on the second block, so we'll see where this takes us!