For some time now I have contemplated making a Trip Around the World (scrappy, of course) out of solids. There have been some beautiful ones out there as inspiration and today (Friday) was the day.
I hauled out the solids bin and got the little pieces. Ta-dah! The first block.
You will notice that it is not strip pieced. There are some scraps that will only give a single square, and I want to be able to use those also. It might take a bit longer on the front end, but the results should be worth it.
It is based on 2″ squares and will take at least 90 blocks (depending on my ambitions) for a quilt. But, long trips start with a single step, and that step has been taken.
Sparkle Jane (Daughter) has reached that age where friends are getting married and having babies. Her friend of many years is due this fall and Sparkle Jane wanted to make her a wonderful and unique quilt.
Here it is!
The bee blocks are her own design. The sunflower is adapted from a picture. And the squares, of course, are scrappy goodness.
It will be quilted soon and ready to go when the baby arrives. Minky is planned for the back. Any suggestions for quilting?
Days Filled With Joy understands her job. If you are in a funk, there is nothing like a good mystery to get your mojo going in a positive direction.
I don’t know that I was really in a funk, but any excuse for a good scrappy quilt, right?!
I am so pleased with how this turned out. As I chose to add sashing between the blocks I ran out of the original background piece and had to (after looking at FOUR different stores) do the outer border from something different. Indoor light and quilting will hopefully minimize the differences.
Thank you, Joy, for a fun quiltalong. I have really enjoyed myself.
Step 8 of the mystery quilt was revealed today. While I love the blocks, I was wanting a slightly larger quilt.
So I’m trying out an idea to see what happens.
I might be getting ahead of myself, as she says borders are coming, but here I go anyways…
Well, it is a Sparkle Jane project. She works at a local Sewing Machine and Fabric Shop.
They needed a block for Quilters Trek (fka Row by Row). Fast.
I might be (a LITTLE BIT) biased, but I really like the design she created. Some pieced elements, some applique. Can be created vertically as a wall hanging (as shown here). Or horizonally in a row. Tablerunner? I want to make a baby quilt with the flower blocks and a section with the applique Forget Me Not words.
Or just make potholders.
If you are interested in a kit, you can get them here: http://www.wimmerssewing.com/shop/c/p/Forget-Me-Not-Kit-x50100847.htm
Whether you are a Quilters Trek (Row-by-Row) person or not, you might enjoy this design. And, it is an official-first-published Sparkle Jane design…what’s not to love!
The Black and Bright blocks are complete.
It was breezy out and I couldn’t get better pictures, but there are 9 in all. Trying to decide what to do next. Sashing and setting…borders? I’ll share more when there is more to share.
Just a note, I did about 15% bright in the black/white blocks. I tried 10% first, but it wasn’t quite enough. This feels about right…
Susan introduced me to Joy, of Days Filled With Joy, who is currently hosting a quiltalong.
Yesterday I did steps 1 and 2. Today 3 and 4. I am not sure when the next one is coming, but if you already have 2-1/2″ squares, or can easily cut some, you might want to consider joining.
No, I don’t know what it will look like; it’s a mystery (ooo…oooo…spooky music).
No, I don’t know how big it will be; it’s a mystery (ooo…oooo…spooky music).
But, won’t it be fun to find out!
Well, this is wedding quilt #4 for the year. And it is only June.
The daughter of a friend of Husband is getting married in July and he asked me to make a quilt. As he supports (endures) my quilting every day, I try very hard to accommodate on the rare occasions he asks me to make something specific.
The couple have a modern/earthy look to their apartment. Hmmm….
I hope to quilt it before the end of the month and have a finish to share then.
Here is a second finishing idea for Star Kissed blocks. This little quilt is blocks that are based on 1-1/2″ squares, but I can easily see it in any block size and as a large bed quilt.
The sashing is the same width as the blocks and laid out in a scrappy-happy way.
The quilting is a panto called Cotton Candy.
The binding was a quandry; I almost went with white for the first time in my life, but found this polka dot in stash and it seemed to work.
How are your Star Kissed blocks coming? I am getting back to work on my 2″ based blocks this week. I plan on doing a larger quilt out of them, with an additional setting idea for your consideration. Sew On!
This is the third wedding quilt I have completed for 2020. What makes this the year of weddings?
It isn’t fancy, but I hope the new family will enjoy cuddling on the couch. When I don’t know people super well, and I want to surprise them, a couch quilt is better than a bed quilt.
Scrappy of course. Using THIS tutorial (Thanks, Cluck Cluck Sew).
It is for a third grade teacher from my school. May it bring them joy!