|Scrap Basket Quilt|
I have been sewing on the scrap basket quilt top! I added the cat blocks I had sewn earlier (in May) and I had just enough of the grey fabric I had used for the second border to frame the cat blocks, too! The blue in the cat blocks is the same blue as the third border - yes, the quilt top is scrappy, but, I'm trying to tie things together, a little bit!
The only problem was I had seven cat blocks (actually, there are eight, but, the eighth one is a little different, with the cat sitting up and taller, but, I didn't get the proportions right on it, so I am not using it on the quilt top) and I didn't feel like making another cat block. After playing around with the different layouts, I decided to have a row of four cats on the top and arrange the other three in a row at the bottom, with some solid blue fabric on either side to even it out:
|Bottom Row of Cats|
I had made six cats with the same fabric and one cat with a white floral fabric (my original plan had been to make a whole quilt top with cat blocks, using different fabrics for the cats, but, I changed my mind!). The cat blocks were made back in May, but, I think of Snowball when I see the white cat!
This weekend, I sewed a panel of crumb pieced blocks to the two sides of the quilt top. I had made about 12 such crumb blocks, each measuring 8.5" by 8.5" some time ago (I mentioned doing so in a blog post in October, 2021 and again, in May of this year). I made them when I wanted to relax during some "mindless sewing" as I called it, without any idea of what I was going to do with them! I needed 10 such crumb blocks for each side of this quilt, so, I had to make eight additional ones and I made the last one on Sunday. Then, I sewed the blocks together to make two long strips and attached them to either side of the quilt top to make it wider.
|Side Panel of Crumb Pieced Blocks|
The next step is to decide if I should add a crumb pieced panel to the top and bottom of the quilt (just above and just below the cat blocks), or if a border should be enough, and how wide a border I should add. I debated adding a scrappy border and decided against it. I think a solid colored border is needed to set it off! I also need to see if I have enough solid colored fabric in my stash for that!
What do you think?