Hi everyone! Yes, it is finals week here at the Academic Quilter. I even have a final to give today (Saturday)! This means tons of paper instead of tons of fabric! Not to worry, though--it will all be over soon. And then there are many fun things in store towards the end of the month.
For a low-stress project for this week, I've been working on getting these blocks in order:
These are the 12-inch blocks I made as samples for the Classic Stitches tutorials. I didn't intend to make them when I started out, but they just kind of happened as a part of the tutorials. So now I'm putting them together into a throw quilt, because who needs a dozen blocks just laying around? They already look good together, so why not?
I got this fabric to use as a background for the blocks:
Yes, it's gray! I never buy gray, but I have to tell you that the manufacturers are coming out with some pretty nice grays now. This is a dark gray from the Good Neighbors line by Amanda Jean of crazy mom quilts. Isn't it great? This fabric feels so good. I liked the print so much that I also got some in orange, plus I may have purchased a few other pieces too. Hey, a girl's gotta have some pretty things!
I decided to frame the blocks with this light gray polka dot. I was going to use white, but that was very stark. The two grays also make the blocks really stand out. The frames will finish at only 1 inch wide, but I think they add a nice touch.
After I took this picture I started second-guessing myself. Is the gray frame too light? I can't decide.
Since the RSC was only 11 months, I also had to add another block to make an even 12. (I like symmetry.) I chose this orphan Wedding Ring block:
It's all solids, but they were scraps, and I figure that an orphan block is scrappy by definition, so into the quilt it goes. Why not?
Lots more to come on this quilt, but for now I have some student papers to read. I'll keep working on this off and on between grading sessions, and maybe I'll have something fun by the end of the week. Plus I have done no Christmas shopping yet! Ahhh!
Wishing you some stress-free sewing! When your college student gets home, give them a hug, because I know for sure some of those tests were hard!
Sharing at soscrappy for RSC15 and Oh Scrap! on Sunday. Happy sewing!