I bought several different red prints and a lot of cream background fabric, intending to make a triple Irish Chain. Then I changed my mind.
This block is so simple to make that it's a nice way to finish up a session of tense, complicated piecing or quilting. A good pattern tutorial can be found at quilting.about.com.
I have several different black-on-black fat quarters as well as some odd bits of leftover yardage, so all the different red prints can have their own different black accents.
Did I say "Red" Lanterns?
Well, as usual, the quilt very quickly took over, and made it very clear to me that red was just not its color.
And so it continued, with several odd fat quarters and other bits of fabric that I was never sure why I even kept. Now I know why.
The Final Layout
Then came the question of what to do with the blocks. After a couple of days of looking through Google images and my huge stash of e-patterns for inspiration, I ran across a pattern from McCall's Quilting called Baker's Dozen (I already have some printed fabric earmarked for a cheater's version of this quilt), and my question was answered.
Here's how it worked out for Lanterns.
I have some bright orange-and-yellow print that will make a perfect binding for this simple quilt.