Just to prove that I'm not a person who can't be satisfied with my own work, let me tell you how thrilled I am with the way this Chinese Gongs quilt top has worked out.
To recap details from a previous blog post, the block here is called Chinese Gongs. It is a traditional block that appears in Jinny Beyers's encyclopedia and in Barbara Brackman's big book of quilt blocks. I found it online here. It says it was featured in Nancy Cabot's column in the Chicago Tribune in 1937. I love this block to death, and I plan to make many more of them.
Partly I think I'm so happy because it's the first time I have drafted my own pattern with a compass and a ruler. I've worked out how to make traditional blocks without an actual pattern or cutting directions before, but they have always been pretty easy to figure out, mathwise, and the curves in this one added a bit of a twist. I also managed to get the directionality of the print oriented the right way (on all except one block - rats). And amazingly, I had enough of the brown solid to make 99.9% of the blocks, and was able to use a brown FQ from this bundle of Heather Ross Far Far Away III to supplement, and you can't even really tell it is a different fabric.
I'm going to use some more of the FFA for the back. If I have some batting in the basement, I'll put it all together and get started quilting it tomorrow. I can't wait to make a finish out of this!