This block is an old traditional pattern known by a few names- Churn Dash, Quails Nest, Monkey Wrench and Barn Door. Using the border fabric as a starting point I picked my colours, trying for lights, mediums, and darks in several colours as I wanted a scrappy effect. The alternate blocks are neutrals.
This quilt probably started my luv affair with on point or diagonal designs. :}
It is a well used quilt, faded; and the cotton batting has gotten quite thin. The quilting is just straight lines with a walking foot. I guess I could say it is a summer quilt.
I spent hours, heck days, spreading my colours around to display a pleasing balance. I particularly wanted the few yellows to be separated. After sewing it all together and basting it I discovered that some blocks had moved from their pre-arranged position. :[ The butter curdled. The monkey threw a wrench.
I thought nuts! and changed its name to Squirrels Nest! I was not laughing then, but I do now. ;^)