This pattern is called Serenity and I got it from the book Little Gems by Connie Kauffman. Here is Connie's original version of this pattern:
(Photo by Brent Kane for Martingale)
Isn't it gorgeous?
Size: 12-1/2" x 12-1/2"
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt
Quilted with Aurifil monofilament (throwing away Superior Threads monofilament!!!)
Paper: Papers for Foundation Piecing (photo below)
To make better use of the papers I printed three copies of the block pattern on regular printing paper, cut them out and pasted them onto one sheet of paper. Then, I scanned the paper and printed it onto the foundation paper, making sure the printed size was exactly as in the book (I had to make some adjustments on the printer Properties dialog box and print a couple of samples just to make sure, only because I wanted to print six blocks on each sheet). Perfection!
As Connie suggests in her book, I just picked fabrics at random as I was putting the blocks together. Paper piecing is soooooooooo relaxing to me! If you have never tried it, Connie gives you lots of details at the beginning of the book so, by the time you choose which of the 15 projects you want to make, you will feel very confident you can do it. You can also check my tutorial on paper piecing.
My next project from her book? Well, that will be a very difficult choice... and here is why:
(All photographs by Brent Kane for Martingale)
Do you see what I mean? They are all so beautiful... I think I will have my son Ryan, whose birthday is coming up too, pick a pattern he likes and then I will use his favorite colors, as I did with Chris.
Enjoy your day!