The group over at the Old Red Barn Quilt Along has taken a break from quilt alongs and issued a quilt challenge throw down. You can find the details here and it isn't too late to join in on the fun. I really wanted to participate but I'm not sure I will have enough time to finish up my quilt top before the deadline of the 31st so I am working on this project with that deadline in mind but am not fully committed.
So step one was to choose a color pallet for inspiration. Of course I still had tons of those pinned from when I was considering joining the Dead Simple Quilt Along a while back. I poured over color pallet sites for days but in the end I kept coming back to the same one and decided to just go for it. I had talked with an online friend about this same pallet around the time of the Dead Simple Quilt Along and had mentioned how much it reminded me of Fresh Cuts. Of course being the fan I am of that line I still had some prints sitting in my sewing room. I ordered a healthy does of Bella Solids to go with the Fresh cut pieces and then I was ready to get to work.
This pallet reminds me of Summer and for some reason I just kept thinking about summer love. You know that easy kind they talk about in every country love song ever written. And that made my think about carnivals and Ferris wheels. Yeah I know it's not a very new concept but once it was in my mind I just couldn't shake it and decided to just let it be the inspiration it so clearly wanted to be. I searched and searched for a block that gave the feeling of a Ferris wheel without being a literal interpretation. I couldn't really find anything that I loved but in the end decided to use a block by Elizabeth. I think it loosely resembles a turning bucket shape. And so my summer love quilt has begun.