Harpsichord Quilt Block

The Harpsichord Quilt has made its way to the top of the list to be worked on. I got a start by adding another block to the group of finished ones last night. Each side of the octagons are .75″.  As the seams are so short, the block takes very little time to piece.

They take seconds to press.

My quilt is inspired by both the original Lucy Boston patchwork and the amazing harpsichords we saw, particularly the incredible decorative artwork that is on them. I wanted a brocade-type effect for the outer edge octagons, but didn’t want the darkness of the “right” side of the fabric, so decided I’m using the wrong side of that fabric.

As soon as I saw the Patchworks of Lucy Boston book, I fell in love with the Keyboard Patchwork. So when the .75-inch octagon Inklingo collection came out with the shapes for it, I had to get started on it.  While they have sat for ages, it’s a project I want to get finished sooner rather than later.

This is another quilt in a box project. The glassine envelopes contain everything I need, including the threads I use when piecing these blocks.

Baxter lounging on the duvet. He loves to pounce on the duvet and will often bring his favourite toy in to play with.

7 thoughts on “Harpsichord Quilt Block

  1. I love all your photos of your organised pieces – there’s something about really neatly arranged small bits of fabric that really appeals! Baxter gets cuter each time I see him – his ears are gorgeous!
    I was going to leave a comment on your Drunkard’s Path variation but I can’t get the comment box to appear so I hope you don’t mind if I leave it here? I’m not sure how I’ve missed seeing this post – the quilt top is gorgeous! Is there any chance of a photo of the back – I’m also making a DP top and can’t for the life of me work out the best way to press the seams once they’re joined into the ‘circle in a square’ sections and it’s driving me batty! I hope you don’t think this is a really cheeky request but I really admire your hand piecing technique and thought of you as soon as I got confused!


  2. Sorry if you answered this question earlier:
    Where do you get those envelopes? I want to get 1 (one) for collecting my son’s hair when he has his first haircut in November.


  3. A friend of mine made a version of one of the Lucy Boston quilts a few years ago, and won a prize with it – I’m afraid I can’t remember if it was the Harpsichord block though. Baxter is looking very handsome and alert today!


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