Friday, September 23, 2022

Jane and Friends

 When last you saw this particular quilt top I was trying to figure out how to bring it to a logical conclusion.

Suggestions were made to reduce the double columns of Hourglass blocks to a single row around the central medallion. It was a good suggestion. 😊


Once I had the Hourglasses in place I had to figure out what to do next. I was fully prepared to leave this as a lap quilt but it wasn't quite there yet. I didn't have enough of the dark red for another frame and to make binding, which was my original plan. Some shopping was called for to locate a suitable color/print to use with the existing prints. The best option I found was a lovely teal shot through with black. It calls out to the lighter teals in the reproduction prints and makes for a lovely final border.

The teal is the same width as the Hourglass blocks, 4" finished. I plan to use it for the binding now. And for the record, I'm calling this Jane & Friends.

There wasn't anything appropriate in my stash for a back so more shopping had to be done. πŸ˜‰  In the meantime, I've started on another Disappearing 9 Patch quilt.

I had some 5.5" squares in the stash and enough of the white scattered with black music notes to go the distance for 13 of the large nine patch blocks. This was a great opportunity to cut up some leftovers and older prints to make what will essentially be an Eye Spy type quilt. The next step will be to quarter these blocks...

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Scrap Happy in September

 How is it the middle of September already?! August seemed to last forever. Sort of like January does. πŸ˜‰ In any case, it's time for Scrap Happy Day, hosted by Kate in Australia and Gun in Sweden. We are invited to share anything we've made from any type of scrap materials. And anyone can play. Just leave a comment with Kate or Gun if you'd like to participate in the future. (Links at the bottom of this post.)

My primary scrap material is fabric, leftover from making quilts. And once again I have dipped into my Parts Department, unearthing twelve 15" blocks I made at various times. It wouldn't appear that they could work together when you consider them singly. When I put them on the design wall, however, I quite liked the very scrappiness of the whole. I suspect a meander or an overall quilting pattern will help to pull everything together visually.

This is a photo of the blocks before they were sewn together. It doesn't appear that I've taken another picture yet. I sewed the blocks just as you see them here. The resultant flimsy would finish 45" wide by 60" long. Because there are quite a few novelty prints in amongst the patches I declared this would go to a child in foster care. It will be the sort of quilt to keep a child engaged I think. There will be no borders, only binding to finish it off. 😊

And here are the links to Kate and Gun and the other bloggers who regularly have something to share made out of scraps. We welcome Noilin and Viv to the group this month. Enjoy!

KateGun, Eva, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, 
Jill, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Carol,
Preeti, Debbierose, NΓ³ilin and Viv

Monday, September 12, 2022

Not Ready for Publication

 Progress has been slow, but I've put the border around the stars and squares featuring the Riley Blake Jane Austen reproduction prints. Now I'm auditioning some low volume Hourglass units to go around the perimeter.

The floral prints are from the reproduction line. The script print is something I've had in my stash for a while.

It's one of those that's illegible. I'm afraid I don't have enough of the script to go all the way around the medallion. That particular print is old enough to not be available anymore. At this point I'm not sure what I'll do to compensate. I only have fat quarters of the reproduction prints but there are enough of them, I think, to go the distance. My intention was to make this a scrappy looking quilt; this dilemma only adds to that flavor! I'm still working on an appropriate name for this project too. Suggestions are welcome. 😊