This is another non-FAL finish, but a satisfying one nonetheless. I think all finishes are satisfying, actually.
I needed a wee gift for a friend, and for some reason what popped immediately to mind was the many beautiful Modern Maples quilts I've been seeing around using low-volume prints instead of a solid as the background.
I have a love/hate relationship with HSTs. I hate how long they take to make (and all that trimming - ugh!), but boy do I love how they look when they're done. When they're scrappy, I love them even more.
I was briefly stumped by the quilting, because the HSTs cause a few very bulky seam intersections so my original plan for matchstick (or close) quilting was foiled. I settled on concentric circles using my walking foot because I love the effect. Aurifil 50 wt in soft white was a perfect thread (as usual).
This mini finished at around 18" square - those blocks are 6" finished. The coloured fabrics are entirely from my scrap bins, as are most of the low-volume backgrounds. I have a LOT of scraps.
I think this block is my favourite because the text print (Suzuko Koseki, I believe) says Vancouver on it and also mentions Stanley Park. With the Eiffel Tower alongside! I find Japanese text prints to be sweetly hilarious.
I'll link this finish up with Leanne (shecanquilt) and Nicky (Mrs. Sew and Sow) who are doing a fun scrap-themed linky every month called Scraptastic Tuesday.