Monday, November 14, 2011

Another Oldie

Many years ago when my group was making charity quilts, a challenge was issued to make a second quilt from the scraps of the first quilt.  I did start it, but the flame burned out.  I am in the mood to finish it up, but I need your help.  This quilt is U-G-LY.  It needs a lot of help.  It is those big squares in the middle.  Obviously I didn't quite have the log cabin concept at the time.  Please help me find a way to salvage these 12 blocks before I decide to trash them.  These are some of the ideas I came up with.

  • Slash the blocks into 4 equal pieces vertically and horizontally; rotate 2 of the blocks 90 degrees and sew them back together
  • cut them into wonky 4 patches and add a narrow black sash (perhaps 9 patches or just vertically?)
  • cut them on the diagonals and sew them back together so the stripe forms a square (problem with this one is that not all the stripes are going the same direction).
Thanks for stopping by.  I can't wait to hear all your suggestions.  Please check out Patchwork Times for more inspiration on design wall Monday.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bright Scraps

I wanted to post a picture of the other charity quilt that I completed.  These are the lonely 9 patches that lived on my design wall for many years.  They were there so long, they were invisible to me-just part of the wall.  I ran out of black scraps so I couldn't put the sashing on all 4 sides.  If anyone asks, it was part of the design.  My DH picked the binding fabric.  It will move on to Eleanor this afternoon for handstitching and a label.  I used flannel leftovers for both backings to make them nice and soft.  After backing 2 quilts, I still can't get the drawer shut.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Baby Quilt

My friend Eleanor (and resident binder) asked if our little group of quilters would be interested in making small baby quilts to help out a charity that she donates to.  How could I turn her down?  She happened to hit me at a great time.  I was in the process of clearing off a table a scraps.  I had a pile of white fabric with bright dots (no surprise there since I am know to have a dot fetish).  It turned out to be just enough.  I have one 10" strip left.  I based my design on the strip o'hoy pattern from G.E. Designs.  The white was left over from a string quilt and the pieces were already 2" wide and assorted lengths.  I pulled out my graph paper and calculated the measurements.  This little quilt used one hundred four 2" squares, but that didn't put much in my container.  I should have made it a little larger, but I didn't have enough white.  It finishes at 29" square.

Have you ever had something hanging on your design wall that just sort of become part of the wall?  You know, the type of thing you pin over to the side out of the way, and before long you don't even notice it's there.   Well the 9 patches in this next charity quilt were probably hanging there for 5 years.  I just happened to see them out of the corner of my eye and decided they needed to find a new home.  I am sure when I made them I had a vision, but that is long gone, and the blocks will be shortly too.  Come back tomorrow to see another finish.

Another Finish

It was really a push to get this one done, but I had a deadline.  I didn't have time to take pictures before I gave it away, but I did manage to get the label on it.  I love how it turned out.  I made up the pattern after seeing off track on the Cluck Cluck Sew header.  I don't know what the sizes of her strips are, but I used 2 1/2"  I love how the little bit of black and white jazzes it up.  I decided on scrappy binding.  I tried a black and white, but it was too much.

This quilt was made for a girl that my daughter clogs with.  Her family moved and she will no longer be clogging with us.  It was a very emotional for all the girls.  They have been together for a lot of years.  All the girls signed blocks and I put those on the back. 

When we gave her the quilt, it initiated a group hug.  At first I wasn't sure if she like it, but then I realized she was trying not to cry.