Last week I was reading a famous quilter's blog and noticed the quilt block she was sharing was almost identical to one I have in my first book. Does this mean the quilter stole my design (because I know she has my book)? Not at all! It means that we both enjoy traditional patterns and are likely to have some blocks evolve in a similar manner.
I thought it might be fun to show you how this particular design evolved into my Dutch Friendship quilt. It is on page 66 of Then and Now Quilts (available from my Shop Here tab!, at local quilt stores, C&T Publishing, and Amazon). Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the full-size design that finishes at 85" x 97".
I've always loved the Dutchman's Puzzle block and started with that basic design. You can see how coloring the block in dark, medium, and light gives way to new design ideas. After four additional versions, I landed on the block I call Dutch Friendship – a Dutchman's Puzzle block with Friendship Star in the center! The cherry on the top was changing the center square to a square-in-a-square on point to echo the cornerstones in the quilt top.
This quilt was affectionately known as "the beast" while I was working on it because it was the largest, and last, quilt for the book. I worked on it as a leader/ender project through a lot of the other sewing and even worked on it on vacation at Sun River, Oregon. It is still one of my favorites!