Next up was the background. I had been reading the book by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts and Cheryl Arkison called Sunday Morning Quilts where they talk about ‘slab blocks’. Basically, it’s crumb piecing only with rectangular and square pieces of fabric. Diving into my neutral bag of scraps, I pulled a selection and got to work making slab blocks.
Now the red and gold were put back onto the background for more pondering. The greens were thrown up there also because I wasn’t 100% sure what to do with them. More curves? More wedges? I was starting to think I needed something different from just wedges but the score 9 really just focused on multiple sets of wedges.
That morning, I was reading the blog A Quilter’s Table where Debbie had posted a tutorial on making an interesting circle block that she called Improv Layered Circle. I had been thinking of making a block like this for some time but had been too lazy to figure out how to do it. Thankfully, she did all the hard work and all I had to do was follow her directions. Here is the result – Sunflower Centers!
My next thought was that the background was kinda boring. I posted a couple images to the Ravelry quilting forum and Stitchley suggested adding little triangles of fabric into the background to add movement and a little spice. I toyed with both gold and green but the gold worked best to my eye.
I still wanted just a little bit more so I made green wedges as a shadow element. At this point, the top had two names developing – The Hungry Caterpillar and Inflamed Intestine (with cholesterol plaques).