I've enjoyed all the chain piecing for the Cowabunga Florabunda quilt, which will be a Christmas present for my DD and SIL. This has to be one of the easier quilts on which I've worked.
I like the antique/vintage scrappy Florabunda Bonnie Hunter found in Florida and for which she posted instructions on her blog.
A number of folks in Blog-land have made scrappy Florabunda quilts, including Janet O. of Rogue Quilter...
...and Debbie of Stitchin' Therapy...
... and now, I want one of my very own!
Chris of Weekend Wisdom is joining me for a Florabunda mini-QAL and we're going to use only stash to do so... tho we may have to purchase a solid or solids for the lattice/ladder part.
We won't start until I finish my Cowabunga Florabunda and get it to the LAQ-er... so I'm thinking the end of September or the beginning of October. We are not setting any deadlines so who knows how long we will take. It's more about cheering each other on and having a good time.... and maybe seeing which of us has the ugliest floral in our respective stashes!
If you would like to join in the fun, let me know. The quilt is a good beginner pattern using two basic quilt blocks... a 4-patch and a HST. I can provide links to helpful online tutorials for making both of these blocks.
There won't be a ton of chain piecing (such I've been doing the past two weekends) because you make each block (5 four-patch units + 4 HST units) separately using the same background fabric for each block. This gives you that secondary layer for this quilt as well as a scrappy look.
You can make your Florabunda as big or as small as you'd like. If you'd like a border... or if you don't want a border... it's up to you! Pick whatever fabrics you'd like... retro, batiks, solids, prints, contemporary/modern, traditional... let your imagination and stash be your guide!
And if it's just me and Chris... that's okay too!
We've been known to get into sufficient mischief all by ourselves!