Anna Maria Horner pattern.
My first thought when I saw it was, Oh that must be where that came from then! Though I didn't remember downloading it, I must have and it must have stayed in the back of my mind somewhere when I was colouring in! I made sure to link to Anna Maria's pattern when writing about my Triangle -A- Long quilt in blog posts.
My nearly finished quilt (still have to bind it!) is also heavily influenced by the Colour Intensive class I took with Stitched in Colour where we explored rainbow colour palettes in detail.
I find it a little odd that some of my favourite paintings and photographs don't have much of an impact but maybe that is because I'm only exploring quilt design a short time and trying to explore traditional blocks and modern quilts is plenty time consuming already for my poor brain. I do find weight and balance and moving the eye around a space from photography, does influence how I see symmetry and asymmetry in quilts.
I like to play with shapes and colour in drawing software. Last year, I was working on swoon blocks and large star blocks (Happy Quilting's QAL's) and came up with this star crossing block.
I tested it with whatever remnant fabric I had on hand to see how it would work and then did nothing with it. I still have this large yellow block on navy in my stash looking for a home.
Then when my cousins 10th birthday came around in October it popped up again and became a cushion using left over jelly roll strips.
This is the result, a giant block for a bed quilt. As I made the block 72", a solid centre would have been too much and Gordon hated the pinwheel in my original design, so a friendship star in the centre seemed to fill the space quite nicely, plus I couldn't resist a few dotted above and below it.
Anybody know which way friendship stars are supposed to turn? I've seen them go both ways but most traditional blocks I've seen have them spinning the other way to mine! Now this orange one is calling me to make it. So much so, I went and ordered Wrens and Friends fabric - yards and yards of it! Changing the colours again and you get the aqua star in a star (exactly the same block construction only different colouring in the background!)
Having committed myself to a make and a purchase I probably should have stopped there but of course didn't. I made it a bit smaller and coloured it again. Here it reminds me very much of the Swoon block that inspired it in the first place!
After a year and half this block doesn't seem to be done with me just yet!
And I've been telling people I'm not great at making the same thing over and over again. Ha! How wrong I've been.
Have you ever had something live in your head like this. Has it morphed into anything you make over and over again? I'd love to hear about it!