How is 2018 starting out for you? It has hit me with a bang, that's for sure. It seems like I've picked up all the stress that I finished 2017 with! That's always the way, isn't it? So, to ease into 2018 sewing, this week I started by playing around with some blocks and block pieces that weren't a part of any current project and were just going to end up in a box. Always better to do something with them right away, isn't it? So here's what I did:
Hey, two little mini quilts! You have to be happy with that. As it happens, both of them are made from 16 blocks or pieces and both are colorful as all get out. I really like them both.
The first little mini measures about 25 inches square and was made from the string blocks I made at the end of last year to use up my narrowest strings. The string blocks are 4 inches square each, so you can tell how narrow some of those strings really are. I promise that I have stopped saving strings that skinny. Really!
Since there were so many seams that would never match, I added a half-inch sashing to these blocks, with the result that it ended up looking like a window. I really like the effect. The border is just a multicolored piece that I had, mainly to insure that there were no odd edges to fray or stretch. This turned out looking good, but those string blocks were super stretchy. I'm planning to quilt this up with a liberated cross hatch but I might actually block it before I layer and baste it.
The second little top is the made from the Drunkard's Path blocks that I had planned to use for a border on an unfinished quilt. That ship has sailed, but the pieces didn't go to waste. This one is 16 inches square, and I plan to practice making circles on it when I quilt it, then bind it and use it just as it is. It's pretty modern for me, but I love the colors.
This (and the quilt the pieces were meant for) is made from hand-dyed fabrics from Vicki Welsh. Her fabric is fantastic and so wonderful to work with and I've never had it run. Some of the pieces look a little misaligned in these pictures, but they're just right in person. I'm sure it needs a good press and that should take care of any problems.
While I was outside taking these pictures, I heard a lot of honking in the air, and I looked up and saw a massive gaggle of geese flying over. I wasn't fast enough to get the point of the V, but I did get this:
It's real flying geese! And guess what-- they were flying north east! Can spring be far behind?
Hope everyone has a good weekend. We're adding insulation to the attic, how about you?
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