These quilts were a few years in the making since they were done totally as leader/enders while I worked on other projects. First I started with a bundle of batiks that I got from my friend Anita.
Next I added some neutrals from my fabric collection.
variety of neutrals
From the batiks, I first cut a 2-1/2″ strip of each and set aside to save for the scrappy bindings. Then I cut some 3-1/2″ strips which I cut into squares in sets of 5. And from the remainder, I cut 1-1/2″ strips into squares. From the neutrals, I cut 3-1/2″ strips and then into sets of 4, and again 1-1/2″ strips into squares. I had a total of 566 3-1/2″ squares and 5112 1-1/2″ squares. The 1-1/2″ squares were sewn first into 320 little 9-patch blocks.
320 9-patch blocks
…and then another set of 248 9-patch blocks with the darks and lights in opposite positions.
248 9-patch blocks
That was a lot of leader/ender sewing to get those 568 little blocks made. Once those were done, I continued with the leader/ender project by using the small 9-patch blocks to make double 9-patch blocks. There were two matching block sets of each combination and these were divided so each of the two quilts had the same set of blocks. For the first quilt, I put the set of 63 blocks on my design wall and arranged and re-arranged them over and over trying to find just the right look. It was agony. Finally I made myself stop and sew them together rather than continue with the re-arranging craziness. For the second quilt I decided to just pick up the blocks and sew and be totally random because at that point, I knew there was no one solution. It only took a short time to sew that top together with the grab-and-sew-method. Once I had both tops done, I laid them out together and then I could not remember which one was which. (And I still don’t know). My goodness, what a lot of wasted agony on that first quilt!
I really like these quilts. There was quite a bit of the neutral fabrics left which I also cut into 3-1/2″ squares to be used again in double 9-patch blocks only this time instead of little 9-patch blocks there will be scrappy 16-patch blocks–if you like math you might have already figured that means 4,544 of the tiny squares per quilt! Good thing I love having never-ending leader/ender projects!
Every year the Fat Quarter Shop creates a new quilt to raise money for children’s worthy causes. The patterns are available on their website and all they ask is that each person makes a donation to use them. In addition to all the donations from everyone making the quilts, the Fat Quarter Shop and also Moda each match $20,000 of the donations which makes altogether very generous donations. The new quilt along is starting today and the donations will go to the Make-A-Wish foundation. This year’s quilt is called Patchwork and it will consist of 72 five-inch blocks. I have to say I am looking forward to participating.
In the meantime, I thought you might like to see my finished quilt from last year’s quilt along. This is called Crossroads and used the beautiful Fig Tree fabrics called Strawberry Fields.
Even if you do not want to make this year’s quilt, you might like to make a donation to help the Make-A-Wish foundation.
Greetings from the very cold snowy south. That almost sounds like an oxymoron. Of course it is actually winter and a good many of you have cold and snow all winter long, but alas, here in the south where we don’t even have furnaces in our houses, it is a big deal to get this kind of cold along with the snow. I have to admit that I totally love the snow and long to live once again where snow is the normal rather than the rarity. While looking at the sparkling snow and loving it, it still is always nice to remember that spring always comes. To bring a bit of that spring into the cold house, I thought you might like to see my finished Bloom quilt. This is from a quilt-along with Lori of Holt of the Bee in My Bonnet blog. This was a very fun quilt to make and for some reason, it makes me smile every time I see it.
I am working on some other of Lori Holt’s projects and while they are not yet finished, thought you might enjoy the progress so far.
This one is called Cozy Christmas and it was also a quilt-along. I didn’t “quilt along” at the time it was happening but in December, decided I needed to work on a Christmas quilt and thus, I got busy on this one and made the top. I plan to quilt it later in 2017 to have it ready for next Christmas.
Cozy Christmas top
This is the center to my Farm Girl Vintage which was yet another quilt along and you may have seen some of the blocks made for this in previous posts. Now to just get the itty-bitty flying geese made and get this one done too. (Sometime, that is.)
Farm Girl Vintage center
This afternoon a big gathering of cardinals came out of the woods behind the house to forage for some food in back yard. Every kind of bird has a different name for when they gather in groups so I had to look up what a group of cardinals is called and there are actually several names—college, conclave, deck, radiance, and Vatican (I’m pretty sure this one refers to the Catholic cardinals in Rome), however none of those names seemed fitting somehow which is why I think I will stick with calling them a big gathering. Anyway, a very large number of cardinals were hopping around out there. The males in their bright red splendor and the females with their brown covering the bits of red that peek out yet are still such pretty birds. It’s very hard to ever get a picture of them (and I’ve tried before) because if I open the door or window, they all scurry back to the woods so fast, it’s like a blur of red and brown. And if I try to get the picture through the window and screen, I end up with the glare spot from the glass or the smudgy blur of the screen. Even though I don’t have a picture to show you, I can tell you they are very entertaining. I am so blessed to have such a simple life where I can spend a great deal of time just watching nature in its incredible beauty. Snow and cardinals—what a great day!
My “Aunt Grace Simple Sampler” is finished. This was a fun quilt to make.
Aunt Grace Simple Sampler
This past year the friends in the online sampler group have been working on the Quilty Fun sampler by Lori Holt. Each of us purchased the book entitled “Quilty Fun” and then we chose our fabrics and worked on it slowly throughout the year. We had a lot of fun seeing each other’s blocks and what each person chose for the framed block as each of us decided on something different. I went with the bonnet that Lori had designed as a label for the quilt. Here is my finished quilt.
Quilty Fun Sampler
These blocks are from the Bloom quilt that Lori Holt is presenting each week on her blog, Bee in My Bonnet. The blocks are very fun to make and it’s easy to keep up each week. It might take me awhile longer to get the actual quilt made though. There are 20 blocks so only 4 more to go.
Sew Sampler Box block 1
A few days ago I showed you the surprise box I received from my friend Emily who subscribed to the box of the month at the Fat Quarter Shop. Included in the box is a card for making a block each month and even though I did not want any more to do, it was hard to resist grabbing some fabric and making the block just for fun. I am looking forward to the May box and will just have to see if I end up making that block too.