I hope that you enjoyed making Broken Dishes along with me last month. This month, I am inspired by the super hot trend in interiors and in fashion for all things tribal. I am particularly interested in the wonderful Pendleton Blankets that I have been seeing lately which led me to create the third setting in the free downloadable pattern for February.
In case you missed it in January, in this monthly series, I’ll share twelve of my favorite blocks with you. Last month I played with scale by enlarging a block to 23 1/2'' finished (learn more here). The February block is a 16'' finished block. You will find inspiration for three different setting styles in the pattern. I am also making a second block (possibly even three), backing them with fusible web and using them as the front of some decorative pillow covers.
I hope you'll follow along with me each month as we spend 2013 embracing the past…and adding our New Traditional twist by piecing classic blocks using modern fabrics!
The earliest versions of this block appear already in 1938 from a collection of Carrie Hall Blocks. The original block can be found here and was gifted to the Spencer Museum of Art which is part of the University of Kansas. You can clearly see the Native American reference, but the original block at the museum was made with two shades of brown. I couldn't find any other references to the block anywhere and haven't seen patterns that use this block. I secretly want to start an entire pattern line of these Native American/Pendleton inspired designs!
Modern Fabrics: I fell in love with the fabrics of the talented Alison Glass who designs for Andover Fabrics. Specifically, her Bike Path pattern comes in some ridiculously on-trend colorways. Her whole line, Lucky Penny, is in stores now and I highly recommend that you try to find some at your local quilt shop. The earthy colors reminded me of the yarns made from natural dyes so they were the perfect choice for this pattern. I used a textured cream fabric for the background.
Update: This series is no longer being continued, but thanks everyone, for participating in these fun two months! If you'd like to continue making blocks each month, you might enjoy the free Craftsy Block of the Month 2013 class.