Have you ever received a quilt magazine and found a pattern that you just can't get off your mind? You just gotta make it! That is how I have felt for quite a while about this pattern Poinsettia's Allure by Designer Judy Blok featured in the December 2013 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. I have been seriously eyeing this pattern for about a year. I had some of the colors in my stash and I have been collecting the remaining appropriate fabrics. A good solid red tone on tone and I needed a good cream. I had some greens in my stash that I thought I could use. I have a floral that is appropriate for the border in my stash as well. So I set out to make this one yesterday.
It is a striking red. white and green Poinsettia. A big 20 inch square block. It is for advanced level quilters.
I like the strong red and green. It is not a pattern design for everyone's taste. No sugar sparkle candy cane colors here. It makes a bold statement in rich holiday colors.
So here is my first sample block made. Humm. It is big! I don't know about making nine blocks, maybe four is big enough for a sofa size. Hummm. I am not quite sure about the dark green floral. But I have three yards of that in my stash so it is in the quilt. Hummmmm...I cannot seem to get those pointy petals to match for a smooth poinsettia petal. I don't think I have ever cut that wedge angle and for sure never matched it with a corner triangle like that.
Lots of components for one block....a challenge but fun nevertheless. Lots of measurements and angles. I am not fastidious with measurements and angles. But I am at the advanced level, right? I have 30 years of quilting and sewing on my resume....
Today, I have done block #2 and I am now well into block #3. I have ripped out and ripped out those petal seams. I just cannot get them to match smoothly. I am stumped. I am leaving them alone. I am now calling my version of this pattern Christmas Cactus's Allure. It works!
I'll keep working on Christmas Cactus this week and update you when I finish....Thanks for stopping by!