Mary and I spent the day with Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts working on blocks for her quilt called "Slow and Steady". By the way, that is how one needs to approach the blocks for this quilt, slow and steady, as Edyta was continually saying.
Behind us is the quilt called "Slow and Steady".
It is a snail's trail pattern and is classified as an intermediate quilt. It uses lots of little strips and squares and could put a dent in the scrap bag.
I was able to complete 9 blocks today as well as cutting out several of the 60 degree background triangles.
The center four patch measures an inch and a half!
133 more little blocks to go!
Look for more info on this quilt and others by Edyta in her book called "Handfuls of Scraps Pieced into Amazing Quilts".
Tonight is Edyta's lecture, tomorrow is "Dresden Bloom", a stand alone pattern, and Sunday is "Basket of Scraps", also from the book mentioned above.
What was originally advertised to be 1 to 3 inches, is now being advertised to be 5 to 7 inches (oops! They just changed it to 5 to 8 inches) just south of here and looks like we, already at noon, have about 5 inches. It is supposed to continue snowing until this evening.
Hmm, 5 or six hours from now at about 1/4 to 1/2 inch per hour equals....
One to three more inches???
Gotta love that modern math of the weather forecasting world!
But inside it is toasty and warm and a great day for sewing!
I am finishing the rows of this previously webbed Fat Quarter Quilt. I am loving the orange, green and teal look of this quilt top.
Love the inspirational border print also.
I have had this print in my stash for awhile. I think I originally bought it to be a backing but I could never bring myself to use it that way. Now I am happy I waited. With the new basics line available at the shop, I finally found the fat quarters needed to make another Fat Quarter Quilt.
Lookin' good and I hope to finish the top this afternoon. Let's see how I do?
Over the years I have made numerous quilts of the type that I call my Fat Quarter Quilts. The quilt pattern is based on one found in M'Liss Rae Hawley's 1999 book called Fat Quarter Quilts. In it are several patterns but one, Mystery Quilt, has always resonated with me.
What appeals has always been the fact that you can use anywhere from 5 or more fat quarters with one 2 yard minimum focus fabric and 1 yard minimum background fabric. It can be one background fabric or more. The focus fabric can be a floral print, a batik, a border print, a directional print as long as it is a fabric that serves to stimulate your creative fabric choice juices in terms of choosing fat quarters.
In making the units of this quilt, you work with the fabric you have to make 5 inch blocks. They are triple rail, four patch, nine patch, half square triangles and a double four patch. Any fabric will do for each element, but I usually choose a strong color for the double four patch. I like the way it can produce a strong visual line in the finished top.
The above example uses multiple background fabrics rather than one piece of yardage.
Your cutting skills can be challenged to make accurate cuts that measure 5 3/8 inches, 2 3/4 inches, 2 inches, and 1 5/8 inches.
You need to sew an accurate 1/4 inch seam.
And you need to design out of your comfort zone.
I have a quilty friend who absolutely cringes when she sees these quilt tops. They are too random for her and play havoc with her sense of balance and symmetry. She can make the various elements, but she needs to put the quilt into one that is more traditional and not so random.
These quilts are still a challenge for me. I find immense satisfaction in producing a quilt top that uses what I have in my fabric stash and allows me to produce a quilt that can be pleasing to the eye but uses a different approach to design.
Fun with Fat Quarters or Designing out of Your Comfort Zone is a fun and different way to approach your stash and make a quilt that is uniquely yours.