This is a variation on a Churn Dash quilt block that I first saw on Jacquelynne Steves Sew Quilty Friends Facebook group. In researching to find out more about this block design, I came across this similar Churn Dash variation over at Angela Walters Midnight Quilt show on YouTube, and I also found a great resource site, BlockCrazy.com. In all that I looked at, this block seems to be a melding of the Capital T block and the Churn Dash block.
For the colorway, I really wanted to keep it limited to just two colors. However, as it came together on my design wall, I decided to add the thin black lines around the purple blocks to draw the eye to the center of the quilt, and give more definition to the purple blocks. The patterned teal’ish fabric is one that has been in my stash for years (a piece of the past from Granny), and is probably circa 1970’s.
Like my last quanket, the name inspiration also comes from music. I always have music playing while I am working in my studio, and while working on this quilt, Chad Lawson’s piano piece, Nocturne in A Minor came on, and wow, what a beautiful piece. I felt the name Nocturne was befitting, as the color palette of this quanket has a night-time feel to it.
This was donated to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services, for a child in foster care in October 2018.