Throw Of Squares

This quilt started as the leftovers of THIS quilt. When I decided to size down, the 16-patch blocks were already made.

Too much to throw away. Not quite enough for a complete quilt.

Adding the 4-patch blocks with borders brought it up to 48″ x 60″. A nice throw size.

And the backing is so much fun. It is planned as a gift for a classroom aide at school.

What I’m Working On

Right now I have three quilts in the works.

The Jewel Box quilt has become my leader/ender and there are suddenly 50 blocks complete. Only about 10% of the final total, but that is progress. One must be persistent with this sort of project.

Next we have a Second Chances quilt. It is slowly evolving and will be a fun small quilt, table topper or wall hanging soon. Fun colors!

And, finally, we have my new general scrap pattern for donation quilts. I use them to practice on the treadle. I am getting better rhythm and fewer thread breaks all the time. This is 15 blocks out of 35 to create a 60″ x 80″ top.

In the meantime, there is one quilt being bound and four waiting for binding. I am saving them up for General Conference the first weekend of April, a great time to listen, learn, reflect and bind quilts.

More updates (and some of those quilts finished) soon!

Second Chances Quilt: Fruit Loops

Diane sent me a Second Chances Quilt challenge. She had started this quilt and even cut much of the fabric.

Hmmmm…what to do? I didn’t want to build the tesselated star, but the fabric was already in triangles and rectangles.

Sudden inspiration struck…the triangles could be saved. I could cut a 2″ square and a 1-1/2″ square from each one. Yes, there was some waste, but not as much waste as doing nothing with it at all.

I decided to make snowball blocks in two sizes–6″ and 3″.

Each 6″ blocks uses 4 2-1/2″ colored squares and 2 3″ colored squares. Also, 1 2-1/2″ background square and 2 3″ background squares.

Each 3″ block uses 4 1-1/2″ colored squares and 2 2″ colored squares. Also, 1 1-1/2″ background square and 2 2″ background squares.

I can make a more complete tutorial in the future if needed. The finished size of this one is 36″ square.

It was fun to explore such a different look with a print background.

The final result brings a smile to my face. It has already been gifted to a coworker who needed a smile, too.

Second Chances Quilt: Half Square Baby

Debra was so kind to share some of her leftover half square triangle blocks.

All they needed was some sorting and squaring up.

The backing was from stash, also donated, maybe by Stephanie?

Isn’t it lovely how fabric can find a purpose over time and distance?! I am really pleased with the results.

Works In Progress

The blog has been a little quiet lately, but not because nothing has been going on. Life is busy, but not in a bad way. Trying to keep school in business and take care of personal obligations…that sort of thing.

It seems like when I am busy, I always get several projects going at the same time, too.

There is a whole set of Welcome Home blocks (96 of them) ready to build two twin size quilts. These were mostly sewn on my “new” treadle machine (that story coming soon).

And a 30s quilt that is using up some small (2″ square) scraps. It has no definite size plan. Just until I am out of usable scraps, maybe?

And the start of a Jewel Box quilt. The blocks will finish at 4″. It will only take 500 or so to make a queen size quilt. Probably a two year project.

And a Second Chances quilt that is nearly done. Just 15 small snowballs to go.

I am pleased that the current projects show so much style variety. Yes, they are all scrappy, but so many different aesthetics.

So, that is four active projects, plus the one I hope to finish binding in the next few days and show by the end of the week (also a Second Chances quilt). Other than that, not much. 🙂 You know how it is.

Another Cow Quilt

This is the third cow baby quilt I have made. They are so darn cute, you can’t make just one!

I make just three blocks and round the rest out with squares. A lot of visual impact without too much time. It finishes at about 36″ x 36″.

Another warm baby!

Another happy quilter!

Leftovers: First Quilt Top of the New Year

When THIS QUILT was sized down I was left with 32 extra 16-patch blocks. What to do with them?

There are plenty of 2″ squares at my place, so I made an additional eight blocks. Then, 40 4-patches with 2″ background all around.

Well, that was a quick top. Only 48″x60″, but a nice lap quilt size. And, no leftovers.

Final Countdown: Task Three

How to wrap up the year? With the Final Countdown, of course.

Task Three is to Organize One Area Of Your Sewing Space.

Well, that means it is time to stop procrastinating that task.

I have for a long time had color-sorted bins for small scraps. And those bins are on a shelf.

But those bins look something like this.

It was time to give them a sort and fold.

It turns out that fabric neatly organized takes less space than fabric wadded up. I am not ready to do the other seven bins right now, but I will as time allows. My goal is to do one every couple of weeks. That is probably realistic.

Thanks again, Shelly, for a great end to the year. Happy 2022!

Scrappy Star Quilt–the FINAL QUILT of 2021

I started this quilt about a year ago with the intention of making a queen size quilt. The pattern came from American Patchwork and Quilting, October 2020, and is called To Give and To Receive.

First, I made all the 16 patches I thought I would need as leader enders.

Then I started the star blocks and got to a certain point and was ready to be done with it. It is 66″ x 78″, after all.

So, I stopped and finished it. Sometimes it is important to be flexible in our plans. After all, the original pattern was only 66″ x 66″. I am really pleased with it and will deliver it to its new home next week.

In the meantime, I have 32 extra blocks to put into a new project. We’ll call that a good start on the new year.