I'm currently remaking some version of each quilt in my book, Modern Patchwork. This post is the first about a new version of my Happy Hour quilt. You can read more about the project, including links to the previous installments and a schedule for those remaining, here.
When I chose Happy Hour as my next quilt for this project, I didn't have any idea what I was going to do with it. I went back and forth with different ideas, but I couldn't settle on anything I liked that wasn't just making the same quilt with different fabric.
Then I got the new CB2 catalog in the mail!
I always love the CB2 catalog, but I especially love this cover, and I decided it would be my inspiration for a Color Blocks Happy Hour quilt.
The pattern instructions include three block styles: colorful solid frames with a neutral solid capsule shape in the middle, print fabric frames with a neutral solid capsule shape in the middle, and neutral fabric frames with a print fabric capsule shape in the middle.
Each block is made of four pieced units. The block is similar to a Drunkard's Path or other quarter circle design. The block units are just elongated to create capsule shapes.
The blocks in the book quilt are offset like bricks. In the Color Blocks version, I'm going to arrange them in columns, similar to the look of that plate on the catalog cover.
I'm also dispensing with the three different block styles. In this version, almost every block will have a solid fabric frame with a netural fabric capsule shape in the middle.
I didn't want to entirely eliminate prints from the project, so I pulled several to coordinate with each solid.
Most of the text prints in these photos are by Japanese designers Suzuko Koseki and Kumiko Fujita. I'm pulling from my stash, which means that some of what you see here is probably out of print, but Superbuzzy is a good place to look for current fabrics from these designers.
I'm looking forward to showing you some finished blocks next week!