Monday, August 31, 2015

Quilt in Progress

Today was a little cooler than yesterday.  We were only in the mid-90s instead of 100+.  As a result, I didn't need to turn on the a/c in the bedroom. 

I went to sleep rather late, last night (past 2:30 a.m.), so, I slept in till mid-morning, today.  After I woke up, I did 2 loads of laundry to feel productive.  Then, I started to cut out the squares to go between the pieced blocks of the quilt.

First, I cut squares from a patterned fabric with a white background, but that pattern proved to be too busy and it was hard to see the pieced blocks:

Too Busy

 Then, I lay the pieced blocks on a solid white background fabric and a very pale green fabric:

Different Background Fabrics

They both looked fine, but the white background seemed brighter; the pale green seemed to tone down the pieced blocks.  Also, I wasn't sure if I had enough of the pale green fabric, as it was a piece of leftover fabric.  I had a 2-yard piece of the white fabric, which was just enough.  So, the white fabric was selected and I cut out the squares and spent the rest of the day sewing the squares and pieced blocks into rows:

Sewn in Rows and Placed in Position
The next step is to sew the rows together.  Hopefully, all the corners will meet and the pattern will work out well.   The entire quilt top has been pieced with fabric I had in my stash and sewn with thread I had in my stash!  I am planning to use an extra blanket I have on hand for the batting and more fabric from the stash for the backing.  It's going to be a very frugal gift.

Today, I am grateful for:

- A cooler day
- Phone calls with family members
- Time to sew
- Iced water
- An abundant fabric stash

Hope you've had a lovely Sunday. 


  1. What a great idea to use a blanket for batting. Very clever!

  2. Oh oh oh! This is definitely my favourite, by a long way! So elegant, and a great colour scheme. I hope she loved it!

    1. Thank you, Lady Ella. It was given to the younger sister of the girl who received the "Hidden Four Patch" quilt. This pattern is called Irish Chain and also as Friendship Chain. :)

    2. I'll try to remember Irish/Friendship Chain. It's how I imagine a quilt to be. I guessed it was the "other" quilt we spoke about in an earlier post. They are lucky girls!


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