I am officially distracted by a new idea. As I was piecing together the Meringue quilt, I set aside the large scraps knowing that I would have an opportunity to play with design ideas to create a Meringue bonus quilt. Well, the stack of offcuts was so tempting that I’ve set aside piecing the Meringue quilt and been having some fun thinking about how to use these large scraps.
I have (4) Oyster scraps, (16) Mustard scraps, (5) Gold scraps, and (4) Brown scraps. In addition, I have some remaining yardage of Spice that I purchased when a quilt shop near me was closing in 2020.
The first thing I did was make sure that the Kona Spice would work as an acceptable background with the scraps. From there, it was all about trying different layouts and ideas. I gave myself permission to twist and turn and try things over several days, and the design shown here is what evolved as a result. I am naming this design Garden Peony because it’s one large, showy block (just like garden peony flowers are large, showy blossoms).
Now the hard choice: do I finish piecing the Meringue quilt or immediately dive into working on the bonus quilt? I really rarely have multiple projects going at one, but these two seem to want to be made at the same time, so who am I to argue with that?