Now that spring has officially sprung, us New Yorkers have headed outside.  I’ve been spending a lot of time walking around my Brooklyn neighborhood taking in the warmer weather and the general happy moods of all my neighbors.  It’s been wonderful and a great time to be in New York.

As I’ve been walking the streets of Brooklyn, I’ve seen a lot of sidewalk chalk in use.  My neighborhood is packed with kids and they have been filling the sidewalks with lots of colorful drawings and a lot of hopscotch games.  Oh how I loved playing hopscotch when I was a kid!  I’m so glad kids still do this.

I was walking down my own street a couple of weeks ago when I came across this lovely hopscotch drawing and inspiration hit!

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Most people see hopscotch – I see a quilt pattern.  I immediately headed home and started sketching out a rough pattern.

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Sometimes I draw out elaborate patterns and carefully figure all of the dimensions, sometimes I draw rough patterns and edit them as I go, and sometimes I just start cutting and see what happens.  This was a case where I had a rough drawing to go by but by no means was committed to it.  Once I started cutting and laying everything out, this was one of those times where I made some changes as I went.  This is what I’ve come up with.

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I have to be honest, I’m not as happy with it as I thought I would be.  I feel like something is missing but I can’t quite put my finger on it.  Although, now that I’m looking at the images I like it better than I did when I finished it up over the weekend.

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I usually find that once I have the back on, the quilting done, and the binding finished, I tend to like the end result so maybe I should just go with it?  I am going to think on it for a week or so before I completely commit to anything.  Or if you have any suggestions, feel free to offer them up!  I have been toying with the idea of adding a border of some kind but I’m not sure.

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In the meantime, I already have the fabric picked out for my next project so I’ll probably get started on that while I ponder this quilt.

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