The only thing on my design wall are these six blocks for a community quilt.
This block is Bermuda Sunrise and measures 9″ finished. There is a team of five with each person making six blocks – three blue and three brown for a total of 30 blocks. We will be putting them together at the February guild meeting.
The next goal for this week is to make two more Easy Street blocks. I have also pulled out four quilt tops for finishing. Quilt sandwiches are on the menu and once they are ready I will have a marathon quilting session.
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This scrappy quilt top is now a finished quilt. It is amazing to me how much faster it is quilting on the HQ. This quilt measures 42 1/2″ x 54 1/2″ and only took a couple of hours to quilt. I used a rainbow variegated thread in a medium large meander and I like the bit of color that it brings to the black and white hourglass blocks.
Here is some detail –
I was concentrating on the spacing of the meander, but now I need to work on my starting and stopping. The quilt pattern evolved on the design wall as an attempt to use up some scraps.
The first part of January was busy making gifts – a placemat, three toddler t-shirts, a growth chart (which you can see here http://jandrpaul.com/bekahblog/emersons-birthday/) , and a covered journal. When I got back from vacation and really looked at my sewing room, it looked like a fabric bomb had exploded.
So the goal for February was to impose some order on the chaos, then finish a few UFO’s that were scattered around. But, as is so often the case, the fabric had other ideas.
First up was the fabric that was used to make the covered journal. It would not go quietly into a baggie, but instead demanded to be made into 6 1/2″ Broken Dishes blocks.
I ended up with 12 Broken Dishes blocks which would make a smaller quilt that I really wanted. The next step was to cut the main fabric into 6 1/2″ blocks so that the quilt would end up with 25 blocks in a 5 x 5 layout. There was only enough focus fabric to cut 9 blocks.
What to do now? I found some green and black check that wanted to join the party, so I framed the focus fabric and then it was on to the sashing.
If a pattern calls for sashing, but no cornerstones I will add the cornerstones. It is easier to be sure that the blocks are lined up vertical with cornerstones than without and it doesn’t really take that much longer to sew.
Here is the finished quilt top. It measures 48.5″ x 48.5″ before quilting and I think that it will make a nice community quilt.
So if fabric demands attention, what can you do but play?