Chris at Chris Knits gave us directions for the first round of our Stay at Home Round Robin quilts on Monday morning. I was thrilled when she announced it was piano keys! I thought about my game plan all day long and raced to the basement as soon as all of the kids were tucked away in bed!
I had these strips leftover from my recent Patchwork Swoon that are perfect for piano keys. Each finished square is 2″ so I trimmed off the first 1.25″ of each strip and then cut them into 2″ squares. This gave me units of 2×2″ with each print measuring in at 1″ (if that makes any sense). I didn’t have quite enough to make my borders the length I needed them to be, so I scrounged up some old Bonnie and Camille prints and made a few more piano key pairs to be incorporated into the border.
(please forgive the lighting in all of the pictures – I still need to fix that situation in the basement.)
I added a border to bring my block up to 14″ – and of course, my quilty math was all wrong and I should have made the block 15.” Ahhh — those seam allowances get me every time. I considered adding more border but decided to simply work with what I had. I ended up trimming a bit off of the piano keys to make everything fit.
And it all worked out just fine. I added the same print in the corners that I used in the corners of the Winter Star Block in the center because I thought that made a fun echoing effect. I won’t be able to do that throughout the whole quilt because I don’t have enough of it… but I see that the Fat Quarter Shop has some yardage of it left!! So maybe I will?
I can’t wait to see what our directions will be next week! Thanks again to everyone hosting this event!