It was the last thing I needed, so, naturally, it was the first thing I did.
Start a new quilt!
I have four that I am actively working on right now. This makes five.
One for each finger on my left hand? One for each working day of the week?
Oh well…the black and white scrap bin was overflowing.
I call it Crackle Candy, but don’t really know why. Except that it has a sort of ring to it and the quilt is definitely made up of bits and pieces.
It is made from 6″ blocks made in a variety of ways. It seemed to fit the scraps I had, which were a variety of shapes and sizes.
The finish is 54″ square and makes a lovely lap quilt for my neighbor down the road. “My favorite colors!” she said. It is now on the back of her couch and ready for use during uncertain spring weather.
That makes a quilter heart happy.
It is amazing what a difference scale and setting options can make.
Here is the latest size version of the
Star Kissed Quilt: 2″. The top finishes at 75″ square.
Here are all 4 together: 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″, 2″, and 2-1/2″.
There are certainly more ways to set and finish them, but hopefully you find these options inspiring.
It is SO much fun to play with tiny squares, and there are SO many ways to use them.
THIS TUTORIAL and the the last of the leftover jelly roll scraps that created the coin quilts, I made this baby quilt top.
It was fun to add scraps to make it work. The light blue solid doesn’t show quite the right color here. It looks better in person.
I finished assembling the 360 blocks in to a top this past weekend.
It got a little tedious sewing the long strips together and matching all those seams (One. Inch. At. A. Time.)
But, the effect is worth it. I hope to quilt it next week.
While it takes a long time to build the blocks for a quilt made out of 1-1/2″ squares, it also takes a long time to assemble those blocks.
There are 360 blocks. The final layout will finish at 80″ x 72″ and contain 5760 pieces. One. Block. At. A. Time.
March of 2020 I started a mindless leader-ender using 1-1/2″ squares. I wasn’t sure where it was going. No one guessed where we were going.
On Sunday, March 21, 2021, I finished the 360th block. And have declared that that is enough.
It is quite a pile.
This is the last block. Such a place of honor.
And now to sew them together. Bits and pieces…kind of like this past year.
Because life is life, I didn’t get to sew as much as I hoped for either the
Friday Night Sew In (FNSI) or National Quilting Day.
At first, probably because, again, life is life, I couldn’t even settle in. I cleaned. I sorted. I moved fabric around.
Finally, I decided to choose backs for a few charity baby quilt tops recently finished.
Then I worked for a while on a new baby quilt project, also for charity.
And that was about it.
But, any sewing is better than no sewing, and my room is in better shape.
There are a lot of quiltalongs going on out there, but this one caught my eye:
North Star State.
Consider joining us.
And now you can can you have heard.
As of the time of this picture, 39 blocks have been kindly made and contributed to the wedding quilt for Sparkle Jane and her young man. The excitement is building. Thank you to each of you who have shared your love and talents.
https://weddingdressblue.wordpress.com/2021/01/30/hearts-desired-a-wedding-quilt-for-sparkle-jane/I am so touched to see the project come together. You can look HERE for more information.
No, it is not too late to send blocks. I am hoping to have all the blocks together by about April 1, 2021 and then to start on assembly. I will keep you posted as things develop.