Do you ever get a project in your head and for some reason it just captures your imagination and you just have to work on it, even when you have much more pressing things to do? That's what happened to me with this project. Sandra over at mmmquilts calls these projects "squirrels" that cause Dreami moments-- when you just have to drop everything and make it. (You can find out more at Sandra's blog HERE.) Here is my squirrel:
Yay, a finished quilt top! This top started out as a panel that I pulled out to make into a donation quilt. I had some yardage from the same line of fabric and now I've used up the panel, the coordinating yardage, a small brown piece, and some beige that's in the hourglass blocks. Let's hear it for moving out old fabrics and making room for some new stuff!
This quilt looks so simple, and it is, but I'll tell you-- I could not stop thinking about it all week. I even doodled some block layouts and alternate blocks when I should not have been doodling. Then I went into the sewing room and tried a bunch of things. Given the way it turned out, I think that was okay, but it was a little weird that it was taking up so much mental space. In the end it went together pretty easily. You save a lot of time if you're not piecing blocks!
I cut the panel into 9-1/2 inch blocks, then added 1-inch red frames that finished at just a half inch around each of those. The alternate blocks are simple hourglass blocks that are turned every row to make faux frames for the panel blocks. Each of the blocks finishes at 10 inches, and the top is about 58 by 68. I had just enough of the green in the hourglass blocks to squeak those out, and I also used up all but about an 8 inch strip of the red border. I divided the length of red I had to determine the width of the final border, so it ended up at about 3 inches wide, which feels a little narrow to me, but it did use up that red fabric.
In case you haven't noticed, we are stuck with indoor pictures. This week was mostly sunny and warmish, and then I went to take pictures. Yeah, it rained and rained. I was going to brave it when it was only drizzling, but the ground was really saturated. It's very wet out there! The indoor pictures didn't turn out toooo badly, but maybe I can get some outside on Friday and replace these. UPDATED TO ADD-- I did get some new pictures and have replaced some of them. Still very squishy outside!
Now that it's out of my head, this quilt is destined for donation to Mercy Hospital through Hands to Help. I was hoping that this would be fairly gender neutral, and looking at it now I'm not so sure. It's feels pretty woodsy, but there are a lot of flowers in it. Perhaps I'll have to try again with another quilt. I don't have one in my head yet, but I'm pretty sure if I look around I'll find a few doodled ideas!
Finally, here's a picture that I took on campus on one of our sunny days this week:
Tulips blooming! Doesn't that just make your heart sing?
Hope everyone has a good weekend filled with signs of spring! I have lots on the agenda, including a date with some lemon bars and maybe a bit of painting. If it rains, I guess I'm stuck with just the lemon bars, so I'm not sure whether I'm hoping for rain or not!
Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or Not Friday, Brag about Your Beauties, and probably Sandra's Dreami link party.