Ever since I saw the Yin Yang block on Barbara Brackman’s blog months and months ago, I’ve wanted to stitch it. On Sunday, a new Inklingo Yin Yang collection was released and I had to dive right in! The fabrics I had set aside for the Spice quilt were back out, I had the shapes printed and cut out in a matter of minutes and a few hours later, four blocks were done.
About a month ago, I tried to prep pieces to stitch this block with freezer paper templates. In the past I’ve used freezer paper templates without problems, but for this shape? It just wasn’t working at all. When stitched together, the block had a rather tent-like look that was impossible to get rid of no matter how much I pressed it. My stitching lines and matching points just weren’t anywhere near perfect or fine enough. But with Inklingo printing the stitching lines and matching points, it was easy as could be. So I was absolutely overjoyed when the collection was released.
They press like a dream and, once pressed, are perfectly flat.
I’m torn now between thinking of this as the Spice Quilt or Chocolate and Caramels. There are tons of fabric choices one could play with working with this shape — batiks and hand-dyed fabrics, ’30s repros, shabby chic, black and white, primary colours. The list just goes on and on. I have an idea for a baby quilt made with this shape which will be very fast to stitch as the blocks almost put themselves together.
Smudge was nowhere near as excited as I was about these new shapes. He’s happy as long as he’s curled up in his kitty bed with the toy basket nearby. Sunday night I was watching him as he ever so slowly put both front paws in the toy basket and dragged it over closer to the kitty bed.