Small And Sweet

Even tiny panels have potential.  I was given a little strip of fabric that had five mini-panels.   It wasn’t much to work with, but they were fairies and really sweet.

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So, I am experimenting and trying to see what can be done.  First, I am making them into five My Size Stars.  The blocks will finish at 6-1/2″ across.  We’ll see what happens next…

Very Cherry

My plead for motivation yielded good advice–think about others.  That helped, and I was able to get myself in gear.

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That brought Very Cherry to a finish.  YAY!

This is #21 for the 52 in 2015 project above.  You can check our progress there anytime.

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Thanks to all for your suggestions.  I know where to go for support and a kind kick in the pants (when needed).

Motivation

I do not lack ideas.  Or fabric.  Or time.  Or space.

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Right now I have five finished tops.  With backs.  And bindings.

What I lack is the motivation to baste and quilt them.

So it looks like nothing is happening.

Motivation, where art thou?

Early Harvest

These pictures are from two weeks ago, but I am just now posting.  I love the first harvest from the garden.  We had a very cool, wet May which was great for such crops as peas and radishes.  Yum!

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Now it is very hot and the air is hazy.  But just looking at pictures of radishes makes me happy.

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Also, this weather is quickly bringing on the next round:  tomatoes and peppers.  YUM AGAIN!

Was He A Quilter?

Thought for the day:

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away.

–Charles Caleb Colton

TUTORIAL: Quarter Turn Quilt

While fat quarters are justifiably popular, this baby quilt takes a straight cut quarter yard and creates a quilt around it.

QUARTER TURN BABY QUILT

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37 or 38″ x 40-1/2″

MATERIALS

1/4 yard straight cut Width Of Fabric (WOF)

8 assorted  coordinating 2-1/2″ WOF strips

16 assorted coordinating 5″ squares

1/2 yard background fabric

1 yard backing fabric (or as required for quilting technique)

batting suitable

1/3 yard binding fabric

CUTTING DIRECTIONS

1.  Take a good look at your 1/4 yard cut.  Mine was probably end of bolt and not square cut.  So I had to trim a little off.  Do what you must but leave it as wide as possible.  Mine ended up 8-1/4″.  That is why I show a variable finished size for the quilt.  Just leave all you can.

2.  From the background fabric cut 16 5″ squares.

3. From the background fabric cut 4 1-1/2″ strips WOF.

4. Cut ALL WOF strips to 40-1/2″ wide.  This includes the quarter yard, 8 2-1/2″ strips, 4 1-1/2″ strips.

CONSTRUCTION

1. Create the pinwheel blocks.  I used a quick technique that I first found HERE.  Lay a background and a colored square face to face and stitch all the way around.

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Then cut them diagonally twice.

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Iron open and lay out in a pinwheel shape and stitch the block together.

WARNING:  This technique is quick and effective but results in all the outer seams being BIAS.  Starch helps.  Very gentle handling also helps.  While there are other ways of creating these pinwheel blocks, you might want to try this one if it is new to you.  She doesn’t trim the “ears” off the edge.  I am not sure why because it adds so much bulk.  Take a minute and do that.

These should be 5-1/2″  square.

2. Arrange the pinwheel blocks (all 16 of them) into two rows of 8 each and assemble.

3. Lay out the entire top following the guide picture below.  You have 2-1/2″ colored strips, 1-1/2″ background strips, two pinwheel rows and the original quarter yard.

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4. Sew it all together.

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5. Quilt and bind as desired.

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6. Ta-dah! A quarter yard has turned into a quilt!

I can see myself making more of these.  It is quick, satisfying and can use a lot of those “good” pieces I have had sitting around waiting for the right idea to come along.  This  quilt  is part of our 52 in 2015 project.  Instead of fabric waiting for an idea, it is now a quilt waiting for a baby.  I call that an improvement!

Working On It

I have a quarter yard of fabric and an idea.

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Hopefully together they will become a baby quilt.

I’m working on it.