This is a king-sized pieced quilt; the block pattern is a variation of 'Hovering Hawks.' The central part of the quilt has 144 7" blocks. By the time I had completed that many blocks, my piecing had improved so much that I had to remake a few of the earlier ones. I definitely learned a lot about precision piecing.Not very modest, but I admit that this patchwork is perfect.
I began this quilt at an ElderHostel class at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, West Virginia. The 'Nickel Quilts' were based on 5" fabric squares; this block pattern seemed to involve the least waste. I redesigned the suggested border. This is my only photo showing (almost) the entire quilt; (it's hanging from a balcony at a Quilt Congress gathering.)
This detail shot allows you to see some of the individual blocks; when they are joined, the secondary design elements come to the fore. I decided the placement of every single block--none of that free-wheeling randomness for me! I had to look at the quilt through the wrong end of my binoculars because there was no way to back away from the design wall far enough for a good view. The goal was to lead the viewer on a 'visual dance.'
Quilts are amazingly warm; we use this one on our bed only in Winter. Somehow, having a pretty quilt encourages me to straighten the bed every morning. (There are times when that's all I have to show for my day: I made the bed.) Dropped a heavy object onto my bare foot last night, and Hubby Dearest has a gout attack; no yard work today! Guess I'll have to stay in my sewing room, tsk tsk.