Thursday, 4 April 2013

Spring in my step #2

Our guild meeting last night was as always fun. Being a small group with only 8 members makes it easy to chat while we are happily stitching the night away, which is brilliant as the social aspect is just as important as the quilting part.

I did a lot of prep work before the meeting. 40 squares; 1 from each fabric. What was I thinking. As my 8 year old Kona solid stash consists of ½ yard cuts (some of them already cut into), I did not want to cut the full width of the fabric so I cut chunks instead.

Time consuming, yes, worth it, yes, good looking, oh yes.

This is how I wish my whole stash would look like. This little newly ironed, neatly folded stack is sticking out like a sore thumb on top of the rest of the non-organized addendum to my stash. Oh well.

I was trying out a new (to me) type of block and made a paper test block to see how the size and cuts worked out.

Half way through stitching the blocks I knew the colour scheme would not look like I imagined, but I still liked the way the blocks turned out. I spread them out on a table and a couple of my friends and I had fun playing with them, trying out different ideas.

I had a look at them again this morning, decided on a layout, and started trimming the blocks to the desired measurements. A couple of post-it notes on the ruler made the cutting easier

on all but one block. I was getting sloppy I guess, and the block ended up ½” too narrow.

In my defense, cutting rectangles going this way and that from square blocks is quite a challenge, so one miss out of 40 is not bad at all I’d say.

Blocks ready to sew into rows.

There are quite a few chucky seam allowances so I have pressed the seams between the blocks open. I still have to press the long seams joining the rows, but for now the top is draped over a chair while I am thinking about which thread I will use for quilting.

I'm thinking something orange.

Now to bed; our young ones are early birds even with daylight saving time.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. My fabric is always nicely folded when it goes in my totes but after a session rifling through and looking for that 'important' piece, it's always a big mess! Oh well. That's what irons are for! Great colors on your newest project. I think I need to invest in some solid fabrics--they are definitely growing on me.:)

  2. What a cheerful quilt this will be. Love all the bright colors.

  3. Ooooo Orange thread would be perfect.... and yes one out of 40 is not bad, not bad at all!

    Love your tip with the post it notes... I will have to give that one a try.

    Cannot wait to see the finish!

  4. Springy! Love the prints and plains mixed together.

  5. Beautiful project, Lisa! Can't wait to see the finished quilt. Whoop whoop!!