Most of you would think of gorgeous pieced quilts that you would use this for. Or beautiful borders. Or a stunning quilt back. Even Stack 'n Whack (hey that's a GREAT idea!)
But I'm going to cover most of it up.
Yep..it's a third Dutch Treat. And Tom has already named it Dutch Trade because the finished blocks seem to have an East Indies look to both of us. I made the first two blocks Friday night to test whether or not the fabric was going to work and the third block yesterday while riding to and from Bentonville.
I actually bought a very dark brown, nearly black that Tom thought would be a stunning top fabric. Luckily I only bought the 3 yards they had on hand and didn't special order a whole bolt. Two problems using that. 1.) How in the world was I going to trace the designs onto it? 2) There are too many really dark areas in the focus fabric and not enough contrast between the two. I don't want to spend hours making these intricate blocks and not have the work show up in places.
So cream it is for the top fabric. I may use the dark brown for sashing and maybe a different border treatment than in the first two.
I know I'm nuts. I'm never going to get that stack of finished tops quilted. And I do intend to keep making the 1880's Sampler blocks and the Civil War Quilt blocks. And I simply have to get quilted my two large applique quilts, and my Dear Jane, and my Threadhead Quiltalong quilt, etc, etc.
But I've really missed working on these and that fabric just SCREAMED at me. How could I ignore it?
So I hope you aren't groaning.. "OMG, she is going to start posting nothing but Dutch Treat blocks every day". Yep....'fraid so. You may have to look away.