After the Swoon Quilt and all the anxiety involved in its 1.5-year gestation, I am glad to do a quilt just for the sake of it. And what better fabrics and colors to use than ones I have no investment in? Calm colors, easy colors, fabrics just sitting around.
The seed of the idea comes from this "Kilim" fabric from Benartex Left Bank collection that hasn't found its way into anything for the last two years. The name suggests it's based on carpet motifs, but it reminds me of wallpaper, which is exactly the purpose it serves in my quilt:
I only have 1 yard of it, so besides it and the stripes I've got these fabrics queued up to extend the idea (oh so casually), including my husband's old shirt:
Here are some of the highlight fabrics, including a beautiful Kaffe Fassett, a marsala print, a mauve, and one of my old favorites, the quickly dwindling toad fabric:
Most of these have been untouched oddballs because of their "off" colors. But they coexist well in this lazy day quilt. I made one of templates myself out of cardboard. I have to be careful not to shave it down as I cut!
The block is 9.5" and the drunkard's path template I used to make it finishes at 6" square.
I got the idea for the block from this antique quilt, from Eli Leon's collection of vintage quilts:
Unfortunately, I am not motivated enough to attempt anything so beautiful; I just want to cut and piece, cut and piece....