Sunday, November 6, 2022

Green Cottage One Block Wonder

A long time UFO is finally finished!

I purchased the fabric for this in the summer of 2014.  Shortly after I bought the Universe fabric for my very first One Block Wonder.  I cut everything out and fiddled with it on and off over the years.

I even put it away for a while thinking I had picked a bad fabric with too much green.

Every know and then I would think about what to do with it.  It sat for years without being touched.
Then earlier his year I decided to see what all this green would look like when I put it on the design wall

It actually turned out pretty good!  I had forgotten there was so many other colors in there.
My next dilemma was trying to decide on a background color.  Luckily this dilemma only delayed the project just a little and not years.   Once I got it out this year, it was the main project that always got worked on in-between my other monthly projects with deadlines.  I sewed rows and made sure they stayed on the design wall while I searched for the perfect background fabric. I did not want this to go back in the UFO pile.  

For the background, I started out with a dark green fabric and even sewed it on the right side, but I kept thinking I should try a lighter color.  After trying several, I eventually auditioned the lighter green on the left and liked it much better.

I unstitched the darker fabric and finished the top with the light green.

With the background picked out, I finally got the top complete and immediately made the backing and got it quilted.

The binding had to wait about a week while I finished up my October projects,  but last Wednesday night I finally had a completed quilt!

In my brain I thought this project was mostly shades of medium green.  I guess because that is what was on top of the hexagon pile for years.

At one time I even contemplated adding brown triangles around the hexagons to make stars, which could have been cool...

but when I finally got it up on the design wall there was enough contrasting shades that I didn't need to add anything else.

I had fun trying to decide on a layout, but finally chose a spiral.

Leaving the hexagons on the wall for several days staring at placement is one of my favorite parts about making these types of quilts.

I love moving hexagons around, seeing what fits better in different spots.
When the quilt stays stills for a few days I know I have the perfect design.

I kept calling this one the Green Cottage One Block Wonder as I worked on it.
There isn't a cottage in it, but the brown well and all the flowers mixed with shades of green made me think of a cute cottage in the woods.

So I took it to the edge of the woods for a photo shoot.

I enjoyed finishing this one up this year.  I made it a slow process, but I find I enjoy going slow more than rushing and trying to get a finished product.  I really enjoy watching the project grow and staring at it for days in different stages.  The is the best part of quilting for me right now.

Now on the the next one!

Happy Sewing!



  1. This quilt is gorgeous! I started one years ago--this makes me want to drag it out and try again!!

  2. WOW this turned out beautiful. I think we have all worked with a few of those “wonder” projects and then the time is right and it all falls together into something beautiful. Well done
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