I had to run an errand on Friday afternoon, and when I got home I had planned to get some more quilting done on Signal Trace. The universe had different plans. Before sitting down at my sewing machine, I checked Instagram and noticed that Meaghan @so_gingerly had opened up registration for the #2023FoodQuilt; this year, the funds raised from the raffle quilt will go to support the Maui Food Bank.
Last year I was thrilled to get to participate and help raise money for food banks across the US (see: Tangerine Peels, #2022KonaFoodQuilt). I noticed in Meaghan’s stories that there were already only 7 signup spots remaining (eek), so I quickly opened the form and hoped that I was able to sign up in time.
Thankfully, I signed up on time. However in my haste, I totally put a typo into my email address (oops – so sorry about that Meaghan!!!). But I was so happy and eager to get started!! Above is the color palette for this year, and I was assigned water as the primary color for my block. We are supposed to pick at least one other color from the palette to use in a supporting role in our block (and we can choose as many supporting colors as we would like).
So, instead of finishing up the quilting on Signal Trace, I started thinking about what color to pair with water. And after thinking it would pair well with basically the entire palette, I decided to turn to thinking about a block design to help me choose.
Thinking about Maui and the time I spent living on the Big Island, I couldn’t get the idea of the sunset out of my mind. And it turns out that the selected color palette had a great selection of colors that paired well with this idea (top to bottom in the sun: oyster, bellini, peach, flame, and paprika). Because the setting sun puts so much graphic emphasis at the bottom of the block, I added framing curves at the top. I tried using both oyster and paprika for the top frame, but felt that the paprika made the block feel too heavy.
Today, I went through my stash of Kona cottons and pulled out the 6 colors I needed. I started with an oversized background rectangle of Kona Water (14″ x 20″) and I sewed the pieced / gradient sun inset circle at the bottom of the rectangle (10″ finished diameter / 5″ finished radius). I measured and thought through the next step a lot; then I summoned my bravery and cut the block down to 12½” square using a 12½” square ruler. After that, it was a simple matter of trimming the corners and then sewing on the final two curves. All in all, the block only used 7 seams!
The block does have an interesting optical illusion that makes me feel like it is taller than it is wide, but the above photo is of the block on my cutting mat proving that it is indeed 12½” square.
I can’t wait to see how this year’s #2023FoodQuilt comes together. I’ll share details about the raffle later this year!