The block was for Jody. She requested a Drunk Love block ala Denyse Schmidt Quilts. I always loved that pattern so I was excited to work on this one. The fabric cutting took a decent amount of time - and it was for only one block - I can't imagine how long it would take to cut out an entire quilt.
Once I had the pieces cut I pulled out my Denyse Schmidt Quilts book for reference. I wanted to make sure I sewed the pieces in the correct order and ended up with a nice square block... The drunk love part of the quilt is a gorgeous effect, but you have to trust Denyse to know her stuff and that the block will square up in the end because along the way it seems a bit wonky and wrong.
To keep myself in line, I followed her Compass Pin technique. This simply suggests that you place a pin facing north (away from you) in the center piece of the block so when you turn the block while sewing you can easily keep track of what she calls the ready-set-sew position. I also followed her Modified Log Cabin technique in which you sew the top and bottom pieces first and then the left and right pieces before starting all over again.
I love the finished product. The muted color combination Jody chose is really nice. I can't wait to see her finished quilt top.