I mentioned in Part 1 of the Morris Star Block of the Month (BOM) blog that I’m making the quilt along with many of our readers. I continue to be excited to make this design because of the fabric selection, Merton and Kelmscott collections by The Original Morris & Co for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Jean Nolte created the perfect quilt design to showcase these wonderful fabric designs, influenced by William Morris during the height of England’s Arts and Crafts Movement.
FABRIC DESIGN BACKSTORY
In the first blog I shared FreeSpirit Fabrics’ designer’s inspiration for The Original Morris & Co. Merton fabric collection. William Morris’ beloved home, Kelmscott Manor, located in Gloucersteshire England, was the inspiration for the Kelmscott collection. As you can tell in the fabrics, Morris’ was drawn to the outdoors for inspiration. The acres surrounding the manor, with lots of willows, marigolds, iris and honeysuckle, influenced many of his wallpaper and fabric designs. Kelmscott Manor was also the place where Morris gained control of The Firm, a company William Morris owned with partners. He renamed the company to Morris & Co. while living at Kelmscott.
MORRIS STAR BLOCK OF THE MONTH 2 & 3
I confess, I was late making Month 2 of the Morris Star Block of the Month. I felt the pressure of being behind because Month 3 had already arrived. Thank goodness the Uneven Nine Patch Block was very easy to put together. If you watch the Month 2 video you’ll see Jenny Kae Parks zip through making them quickly.
With the first two month’s blocks finished I decided to move forward with Month 3. I couldn’t wait to see blocks surrounded by the setting triangles that would complete the first border.
Take note here: Before cutting the fabric I had a decision to make about the Kelmscott Snakehead fabric. I had to decide to cut the setting triangles with the fabric design laying in one direction around the border, or use an informal setting for the fabric pattern.
Not feeling particularly particular because I knew the fabric would work beautifully either way, I cut out the triangles not caring about the direction of the fabric. If you would like to be more careful about the direction of the Snakehead fabric for your quilt, check out Jenny’s video to learn more about working with the directional print fabric.
With the first border finished I’m ready for Month 4 of the Morris Star quilt design, the Center Octagon. I hope my piecing skills are up for it!
It’s not too late to make a different Jean Nolte pattern with The Original Morris & Co. Kelmscott fabric. Morris Garden is another beautiful medallion-style quilt, available in a kit. Or, just get the pattern to select your own fabrics from FreeSpirit Fabrics.