Monday, May 11, 2015

off to Mexico

It all started with these rather enticing scraps...

Mexico mini

I know that Cotton & Steel fabrics get lots of bloggy love these days, but that's not without its reasons.  These are my scraps from cutting for that picnic blanket.  Once I've used fabrics in combination with each other, I typically sort them by color into my scrap drawers to emerge another time in new iterations of color play. 

But this time, I wanted more.  More of the same good stuff. 

Mexico Mini by Jolene at Blue Elephant Stitches

And this is what I'm going to make!  It's the Mexico quilt pattern by Jolene at Blue Elephant stitches.  Turns out her mini version is made of Cotton & Steel prints too.  Ha!  Maybe that's why this particular pattern came to my mind?  No matter, off I go!

Mexico mini

I've selected 4 main colors from my C & S scraps (as per pattern directions) and supplemented them for variety with scraps from my drawers.

Mexico mini

Now I'm off and running!  So glad that I decided to use Jolene's pdf pattern rather than figuring out a plan of attack on my own.  I had not realized there was such an easy way to make these cute spiky blocks!  Now I'm considering a big quilt too.  Hmmm....

These should come together quickly, so long as I remember to sew wrong sides together.  Did you spot my error with those triangles on the right?!?! 

p.s.  do. Good Stitches is in need of some new U.S. and U.K. members.  If you're interested in joining in our efforts to bless the less fortunate with happy, modern quilts, please register here.  We're looking for folks who enjoy sewing with modern fabrics, so that all of our blocks mix up well together.  The bee is run on Flickr, so you'll need to join if you haven't already.  Just add some recent sewing photos to your Flickr stream (you can pull from Instagram, if desired) so that I can check out your work.  Thanks!


  1. Such a lovely selection of fabrics! Love that pattern!

  2. I'm glad I'm not the only one that does that sometimes ;)
    I love the colors C&S use, such a great balance of rich and soft don't you think.

  3. Hi Rachel, if we've registered for do. Good in the past, do we need to do so again? Thanks!

  4. I love Blue Elephant's pattern, it looks so intricate! Can't wait to see how yours will turn out!

  5. oh.... well, hmmm. mistakes happen. I am BFF with my unsewing tools.
    This is a cool block and I love the pattern. I am putting this on my list of things to buy on Etsy.
    Jolene has a lot of nice things
    Gosh, you have such a good eye for colors
    This looks snazzy and classy

  6. Two of my favorite blogs together on one project. Bliss! I love your mini, and I need to add that pattern to my to-make list.


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