One of my 2020 planning goals was to work on finishing long term works in progress, and last week I decided to pull out my 2018 Aurifil Designer of the Month blocks to figure out a path forward.
The photo above is a reminder of all the 12 1/2″ unfinished (12″ finished) blocks I created in 2018 look like. I perused the Auribuzz website to see all the layouts that Pat Sloan has put together over the year for some inspiration. Because I created my blocks in a rainbow of colors, I was really taken with the 2017 layout, but after evaluating the black and white fabric that I had left from piecing the blocks, I knew I did not have enough fabric to make that exact layout.
Taking that layout as inspiration, I went to my design wall and arranged the blocks in a rough circle and pieced in black fabrics in the center and white fabric around the outer edge.
From there, the quilt top came together quickly in an afternoon. The quilt top is 72 1/2″ square, which will make a great lap cuddle quilt, and I need to figure out what I would like to use for the backing. I think I will quilt it using my walking foot and spiraling out from the center using a white thread.
Would you be interested in a quick assembly tutorial for this layout? It seems like it could be a handy setting for 12″ finished orphan blocks or other block of the month projects.