It has been a while since I shared progress on my version (miniaturized) of the North Star State Quilt. But, I have been slogging along in the background, trying to complete (more or less) a block a day. Persistence has paid off and I have 56 of 56 basic blocks completed. YAY!
Next focus is the setting blocks. I have 31 of them so far, but it will take over 90. More slogging. But, I really do want to see how it will look finished, so I must carry on.
I hope to have the quilt finished sometime this fall.
The kitchen/dining chairs really needed new seats. My father built this set in the mid-1970s after one of their old chairs broke while my mother was standing on it to reach the top cabinet to get down the silver chest for a holiday dinner. She broke several ribs. He was very angry and broke the old rickety set to pieces and made one that WOULD NOT BREAK.
I was given the set when I moved out on my own. What a great gift!
It has been used and used. Four children and all their friends. Meals. School projects. Game nights. Teary conversations. Grandchildren.
The seats have been recovered a few times.
But the table top also needed help this time. It looked a little shabby next to the new, shiny seats.
And that started to reflect on the condition and decorating of the adjoining living room, so I started a new quilt.
Yep, that is how things happen sometimes.
**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**
Now that the Safe Haven top is complete, and I have fabric set aside for binding, I am ready to find a new home for the rest.
Leave a comment by the end of the day on Saturday, July 17, 2021 to enter for a chance to win a COMPLETE PATTERN SET and ALL THE FABRIC YOU SEE HERE. It isn’t enough the make the quilt, I’m sure, but it is a good start. You could easily add other Thimbleberries or Repro fabrics to complete the project.
I will notify and mail the prize off to the lucky winner early next week.
At last! The blocks sat for a year, more or less, before I came back to them and pushed towards a finish.
And I am pleased with it. Yes, the picture isn’t great due to size and adverse weather conditions, but you get the idea.
Final size is 84″ x 96″. A useful size and reasonable shape. It will be a while before it is a true finish. I need backing fabric and quilting and binding, but, this is a complete top and I am glad of it!
First border. Narrow–just enough to set apart the blocks, but not to add too much to the height.
I think there are three more borders coming…the end is in sight.
I settled on 2-1/2″ sashing between the blocks.
It gives definition and makes it a little wider. Of course, it also made the quilt longer.
Now to settle on border options that add more width than length, lest the quilt become a scarf for a giant. Right now it is 70″ wide x 94″ long/tall. Hmm…
Hopefully you aren’t tired of seeing them, because I am not tired of making them.
It is so easy to take 2-1/2″ strip leftovers, or to cut some from scrap, and before you know it, TA-DAH, you have a quilt!
And, as was pointed out by a reader, no background fabric is needed. Just happy-scrappy beauty.
No one will be bored sleeping under or snuggling in this quilt.
ps–Here is the link to the block tutorial: TUTORIAL: Welcome Home Quilt Block – Wedding Dress Blue (wordpress.com)
Another tentative step forward on an alternate setting for the blocks I have finished for the Safe Haven quilt kit.
I decided to add 1-1/2″ strip around each block.
Each block gets a different color, one that is contained in the block but not dominate on the side.
All of them are finished and it is time to contemplate Step Three. I am going back and forth between 2-1/2″ sashing in the light tan color that serves as a background in several of the blocks, a 1-1/2″ sashing of the same, and just sewing them all together. Your thoughts?
Hand-me-down projects are so much fun to work with. I try to approach them with an attitude of curiosity: What can this be?
Still thinking on this, but in the meantime I can start ironing those half square triangles open and squaring them up.
It will be exciting to see what happens next.
The first step to help me along towards a finish of the Safe Haven quilt was to make all the blocks the same size. While 8 blocks in the original plan are 20″ x 20″, the other four are 18″ x 20″.
I added a 2-1/2″ strip of fabric that is in the block but not on the edge of the block to one side of each of those blocks. There is a lot of surplus fabric (Did the original owner get two sets of some blocks?) and that is really helping at this phase.
The next plan is to add a border to each block. I hope to have that Step Two update to share within a week.