I have the top sewn together now. I added in a 9″ wide row on the left which includes the four star blocks. I had a few 9″ (finished size) squares left from the original group cut and I had to cut a couple 6″ (finished) squares as well as quite a few 3″ (finished) squares to finish it. It is now 75″ x 93″. I would like it a couple inches longer……but I’m done. I will look for backing when I get home from my appointment in Chicago today. It looks a lot more yellow to me in person but I think the camera likes to pick up the pink.
Here are some of the quilts started in my class yesterday. It is the Stack and Slash pattern. There will be 2 of these child size quilts from one student. The one with the big “I” in the top left corner was a mistake in piecing but her name starts with I so she put it in there for the photo.
I couldn’t get my camera to catch the beauty of this purple and red one. It is a little deeper toned than the photo. She got the top sewn together but in that photo the color is even farther off.
I finished my blocks in class and then put it on my design wall at home. I had the floral print in10 of the blocks so it had to touch from block to block in a few places. I don’t think that is a bad thing though.
I sewed the orange top together last night but didn’t get it pressed yet. This is closer to the real color but a little pale. I have found orange almost as hard to photograph as red.
I spent 2.5 hours Saturday night and 3 hours last night and I’m down to just 3 little strips that still need quilting. I’m using rayon embroidery thread for the quilting so the shine from the overhead lights makes it look white in some places but it really is colors matching the fabrics. I may have to wet this one to block it but I’ll try steam first.
I cut the 8.5″ squares from the large print so I could do a trial layout and see what I need to add to make the quilt a little larger. There are 2 blocks of each combination except the printed tiny checkerboard of which there are 4. I realized right away I wanted more of that in there. I have only pieced one small checkerboard with 1.5″ strips so far but I will do at least 5 more so there will be 3 spots with 4 patches created with them and the large print. I have one more set of strips not sewn yet and I’ll look through my fabrics to see if there are any more oranges hiding.
Today is church sewing circle so I cut out 8 little gowns from flannel yesterday and packed my bag. I have a couple errands to do as long as I’m that far from home too. It is supposed to snow toward the end of the day so I hope I get home before that starts.
I felt like I had a snow day, a free day, to do whatever I wanted to do yesterday. Even though I really had to leave the house once, I treated the rest of the day as free without guilt.
So what did I do? I have wanted to cut my blue fabrics for quite awhile but never could find the length of time I needed to accomplish it. Another thing cancelled for Wednesday so I knew I had 3 free days to tackle this. I started with my batiks and cut 6.5″ squares, 2.5″ strips and 4.5″ strips.
This is the variety I have cut so far. I have cut up 19.5 yards.
This is the group I will start with tomorrow morning.
I had previously cut 68 purple batiks into squares and I will work on turquoise and green next. Then I will start with the non-batiks.
I want to make several quilts out of just 6.5″ squares, or maybe I will add a few 9 patches or sawtooth stars in for a little interest.
I made this yellow quilt in 2009 and intended to make more like it in lots of other individual colors so I’m finally getting around to doing it.
It is a celebration of the fabrics more than anything else; no intricate pattern, just relaxing and fun.