Monday, June 13, 2016

Prepping for Retreat and The Dreaded Math

Thinking I would get caught up on gift quilts I need to make, I cut out all the pieces for an I-Spy quilt before I left for retreat in Shipshewana last month.  I was going to get the whole top put together that week.  Seriously, once the pieces are cut it's just a matter of sitting down and sewing.  Right?  

















I cut the novelty fabrics into 4 1/2" squares.  Then I cut 2" strips to make a border around them.  I knew the top and bottom strips had to be 2 x 4 1/2.  So the side strips needed to be 2 x 6 1/2.  I mean, I did the math, and I did the math, and I did the math.  Well, maybe I only did it once.  I was pretty confident about this one.   How hard can it be to put a 2" border around a square?  Sigh.....

























Nuts!  That dreaded math got me again.  Every single one of the 49 blocks I prepped didn't have strips long enough for the sides.  That's what I get for doing it in my head and not sketching it out.







The easiest fix I can figure out is to put a 2" square in the top right and the bottom left of each block.  I think that looks better than a square in every corner which would create four-patches when the blocks get put together.

















So, now I have all the 2" squares cut out and ready to go with me to retreat this week in St. Louis.  



















I hope those squares are cut right!











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Friday, June 3, 2016

A Weekend Challenge

Recently my online quilt group had a weekend challenge to "Make a Project From What You Have on Hand."   You may not believe this, but I have plenty on hand (aka my stash).  So, I figured I could make a great project.  And I did.  

The first thing I did was pull a couple of "Summersault" charm packs by Erin McMorris which I had bought from Missouri Star Quilt Company.   
























These are really fun fabrics so I decided to make a quick baby quilt to either put back for a little girl or donate to charity.  (There I go with the baby quilts again!)


















After I got the top together I looked through my stash and found a great dark pink batik that worked perfectly for the borders .....

























..... and the binding. 

























I went digging through my stash again and found this beautiful pink and orange and yellow fabric I had bought sometime, somewhere on clearance, and there was enough for the backing.  



















I did some straight line quilting (I'm getting better at it!) and finished it pretty quickly.  Then I put the binding on and finished up stitching that down by hand, a nice relaxing way to finish a weekend of sewing.  



















It turned out really cute, and it was a fun weekend project.  

























Wouldn't it be nice if I could get that much done every weekend?