I have been quilting for nearly 35 years - on and off. I lived in Kotzebue, Alaska from 1980-85 and that is where I picked up the quilting bug. My first quilt was "Quilt in a Day - Log Cabin", I am sure I am not the only person that started with Eleanor Burns! I still have that quilt but I can't use it - somehow I left several pins in it when I sandwiched together. :) I have learned a lot since that first quilt and I love teaching others about the joy of quilting. Over the last few years, I have held several classes for fellow teachers and to the disgruntlement of some husbands, help them to catch the quilting bug also.
These are just a few of my quilts - the rest are on the couch, the floor, the beds or in the backseat of my car. I have put a few of my quilts in shows but my quilts are created to lay around on.
But here are a few suggestions: colors: white background. It can be solid white or white-on-white. The other pieces - anything goes. they do not have to match so this would be a good chance to use up those pieces left over from something else. Only thing I ask is prints - not solids.
This block consists of both piecing and paper-piecing. If you need help with the paper-piecing here is a tutorial, also by Blossom Heart Quilts.
Here are the number needed for each section of the block:
A reminder: on the paper-piecing part of the block - make sure you turn off any scaling when you print the pattern out and print "actual size". Also, the directions have you cut 3 1/2 squares for the middle of the paper-piecing - which I did but once I trimmed the first one down - I cut the rest of them to match. It made the paper-piecing go pretty fast but do whatever you are comfortable with. You will notice in the picture if you printed and trimmed your paper to the right size - the fabric fits.