Friday, January 8, 2016

The Fiona Quilt Block by Carolyn Perry Goins

Quilters have a saying, "The one who dies with the most fabric wins." Quilters also make the same New Years resolution every January 1: "I will use up my fabric stash." (Only because we need to justify buying MORE fabric over the coming year!"

Carolyn Perry Goins knew that quilters needed patterns to showed off the amazing fabrics they have collected but was simple and quick to make. A pattern that could look funky or sophisticated, modern or traditional. So she invented a new quilt block! Used with various settings, sashings, value contrast, and thoughtful layout, this block will suit everyone's style. And she offers the block in 4", 6' 8", 10" and 12" !

Goins book The Fiona Quilt Block  offers fourteen projects, each with a full color photo of the block and the completed quilt, fabric needs, and illustrated step-by-step instructions. A photo gallery of quilts using the block and resources are included.

I really liked the project Woven Rust! It inspired me to use pink, white and black fabrics I bought two summers ago.

Woven Rust from The Fiona Quilt Block
I made 6" blocks all had the same fabric in the center, but laying my quilt out I decided to make more blocks with different fabrics in the center.
Fiona blocks with same middle fabric
I don't do a lot of piecing. And I rarely make scrappy quilts. But I was having so much fun and liked what was happening that I made even more blocks for a lap quilt.

I finished the top with a solid pink border and a pieced border using all the fabrics in the quilt. The only consideration I made in laying the quilt out was to alternate horizontal and vertical blocks.
My husband liked how the same fabrics sometimes border each other in what he called a 'crazy quilt' style.
The blocks were super easy to make. I shared the book and my quilt with my weekly quilt group and it generated a lot of interest.

Visit the Schiffer Publications website to see inside the book:

I received a free book from Schiffer Publications in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

The Fiona Quilt Block: 14 Projects from Sassy to Classy
by Carolyn Perry Goins
Schiffer Publications
$19.99 soft cover
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4981-2

Carolyn Perry Goins has been quilting since the 1970s. Her company CPG Designs produces beginners quilt patterns and she has been featured in Quiltmaker's magazine series "100 Bocks by Today's Top Designers."

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