September 9, 2012
Robert Kaufman's Kona cotton, which is a lovely weight for this application. You can also choose to use lots of different fabrics for the "windows" or to do as we did and use a single fabric throughout the project. I loved the effect of Emily Herrick's Sea Star with the crisp white "frames" of the windows.
As we worked, we made a couple of variations to the pattern we were following, and we were very pleased with the effect we achieved. The steps that I outline below are the ones that we ultimately settled on. After you get used to the steps of the pattern, I highly recommend playing around with different fabrics and variations, as small changes make a big impact with this technique. It's very simple to vary the size of each of the blocks, for example, and that makes the whole design play differently. I do find myself referencing the steps over and over as I work, though, so I created this handy project card that you can print and keep next to you as you cut and sew. Simply click on the card to get to a pdf version that you can print easily. I love to have a quick reference that I can glue into my project notebook.
So try it out--I'd love to see pictures of your projects! Feel free to post any to my Facebook page. Consider yourself warned, however. This can be addictive!