Welcome! Today is my day for Monique's blog hop for her new book Traditional Fat Quarter Quilts: 11 Traditional Quilt Projects from Open Gate (Quiltmakers Club)! I'm excited to share my project with you today! The quilt I'm highlighting today is Canasta...I immediately fell in love with the block design, but I chose this quilt for another reason as well. I have such fond memories of playing Canasta nearly every day one summer with a great-great Aunt who had come to visit for several months!
Canasta is made up of simple blocks that consist of 4 flying geese, 4 four-patch blocks, and a center 9-patch. The hardest part for me was choosing fabric! (I finally decided on Heirloom by Joel Dewberry).Monique's books are clear and easy to follow. She gives instructions if you are using her Fit to be Geese ruler as well as instructions for those who want to make the flying geese blocks the traditional way.
When I started I had decided to make 4 blocks and make a pillow top. But then I thought it might be fun to make a runner for spring with these gorgeous fabrics!
Just 5 blocks...
And a narrow border using the background fabric...
And my runner is ready for quilting! I'm going to use another of the green prints from the collection for the binding!
Here is the photo of Monique's beautiful full-sized version of the quilt...so stunning!
Thanks so much Monique, for inviting me to preview your book! If you'd like to win a copy of Monique's book and her Fit to be Geese ruler, just leave a comment on this post letting me know your favorite spring cleaning tip.
Don't forget to stop by Carrie's blog and Nicole's blog tomorrow for more fun previews from the book! (And it's still not too late to drop by the other blogs on the blog hop...Thelma, Lisa, Denise, and Monique all have reviews and giveaways, too!
Thanks so much for stopping by!