Ring of Oak Quilt
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Someone has been dragging her feet on this quilt! I typically design my quilts in Electric Quilt, and there are no surprises that way, but I’m definitely winging this one. The fabric is Moda’s “Collection for a Cause Heritage”.
It’s for my mom. For those of you that don’t follow me on Facebook, my mom moved to Russellville to be near Jim and me after my son and stepdad passed away in 2017. She had this area rug she’s quite attached to that has the most difficult colors to match with in the entire world… I kid you not. It’s in her bedroom.
One day I was playing at the Quilt House over in Clarksville and saw a Layer Cake pack of fabrics perfect for her rug; I purchased one and after confirming it would go with her rug, I went back for three more Layer Cakes, along with border fabric and binding.
I had just bought the Ring of Oak die* from Accuquilt, and a ten inch layer cake fabric fits perfectly on it. I used Electric Quilt to get a basic layout, but my design has been fairly fluid, and I’ve made adjustments along the way.
With fusible (I use Shades Soft Fuse) on the back of my fabric, I could cut four layers at a time on an Accuquilt GO! die, which gave me exactly the four shapes I needed for one Ring of Oak block, but left me with three surplus center patches that I didn’t want to waste.
With those, I designed a block and used them in the corner triangles around my center medallion. My plan to was make the twenty-four border blocks appliqué as well, but I’ve come to my senses and realized if I will ever finish this quilt, I should probably piece those blocks.
This morning I decided that a surrounding border in Ohio Star blocks would work well enough, the star points coordinating well enough with the half-square triangle sashing sections.
I can’t get an entire block on Accuquilt GO! Ohio Star die* with a Layer Cake square, but I can get them all cut out with the remaining fabrics I have left by making each Ohio Star scrappy.
I had cut more Ring of Oak appliqués and will have leftovers, so maybe I’ll do some coordinating pillows… maybe not. I’ve found in the last couple of years that working with fabrics not of my choice (which is nearly always red) is getting more and more difficult for me. A sign of selfishness in my old age?
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