Hi everyone! I have a little quilt top to show you today, but getting pictures of it was a bear. I took some pictures yesterday but they were not great, so I thought I'd take a few this morning and post them then. This morning there was more rain! This has been the hardest adaptation of our big move--the weather. Seriously, the amount of precipitation here makes the Midwest look like an absolute desert. I finally got out there in between the raindrops, so if you see some spots, that's rain, not dirt.
Remember how I was supposed to finish my paper this week? I did not finish my paper. This is a cause for sadness, because it means I have to keep working on it and I am sick of it. Plus, it's boring. But I did finish my little I Spy quilt top, so there is also great happiness! Here's the quilt top:
That's a pretty happy little top, isn't it? I was planning to use a black polka dot for the setting triangles, but it was too overwhelming. I switched to a gray and white polka dot instead. I know--gray! I can't believe it either, but it looks good. And I have a stripe for the binding, so I think the gray will set that off nicely, too.
This little top was so fun to make. I do love the square in a square block. They're easy and fast to make and they turn out looking really good, too. The inner square is 5 inches, and the sides are 4-inch squares cut in half once. If you don't care about round numbers, these are really nice-sized pieces to work with--just big enough not to be too fussy, and small enough to make an interesting fussy-cut center. This makes a block that finishes at about 6-3/8 inches square, but is just about 9-1/8 on the diagonal. This top is about 46 inches square.
If I had any sense, I would have used some solid alternate blocks, but instead I matched all those points. The best way I know to do this is to put a pin straight through both of the points-- and then stitch right over the pin. I know, I know, but it worked for me. Also, I am not really an advocate of oversizing things and then cutting them down to the right size, but setting triangles are the exception to that rule. Oversizing those makes everything so much better when it comes to squaring up the quilt.
Once it dries out, I plan to quilt this with a walking foot so that I can have it ready to take when we go visit our grandson (and his parents) in a few weeks. There's so much pattern and color in here already that I think just some lines to emphasize the blocks will be enough. Maybe some meandering to make it cuddly. We'll see how I feel when I sit down with it.
Hope everyone has a good weekend. I might finish that paper! Or maybe I'll paint the hallway instead. Pretty sad that those are equally appealing!
And just to mention this, this is my 300th post! Who would have thought?
Sharing at Finished or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and crazymomquilts.