“Tumalo Trail,” designed by Bonnie Hunter and published in Scraps & Shirttails II, has long been on my quilt wanna-make list. Click here to see a picture of Bonnie’s quilt and peruse her class supply list. By a close reading of the list, you can tell that the “Nine Patches” are composed of 1 1/2″ squares. Since I have another project in mind for my 1 1/2″ squares, I opted to make my “Nine Patches” of 2″ blocks. What a fun way to use all those one-of-a-kind squares languishing in my 2″ squares bin!
Once the “Nine Patches” were underway as Leaders/Enders for my other sewing projects, I began considering fabrics for the Half Square Triangles. Although I really like the pops of orange fabric Bonnie used in her quilt, I couldn’t think of other colors I wanted to use with orange. Shelving the orange idea, I thought perhaps black triangles might themselves recede yet help the scrappy colors of the “Nine Patches” to shine. Solid black would be too stark, in my opinion. After auditioning several black prints, I settled on a vintage black print with pink rosebuds and white dots. Incidentally, this fabric was a partially made skirt from my grandmother’s/mother’s stash. Anticipating my need for handwork on our Thanksgiving trip to Florida, I cut 25 pairs of triangles and tucked them in my stitchery bag. On the trip, I marked a 1/4″ seam line and hand sewed tiny stitches with doubled thread. Having a hand project helped this quilter feel productive during our lengthy car trip.
I’m planning to make 12 or 16 blocks using the same black print paired with an ecru tone-on-tone for all the HSTs. “Tumalo Trail” will be my scrappy quilt project this winter. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
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