Sunday, June 26, 2011
Fit To Be Square
Definition - A 4-sided regular polygon with all sides equal and all internal angles 90°. For a quilter - inspiration and the base of quilt blocks. Moda Bake Shop has a wonderful chart for "dissecting" a 5" charm here leading us into another design realm.
I found these stitched squares when looking for something else. Oh, my they must be 3yrs old - from Ria Lanser's old site - Grandma's Kitchen. 12 alphabet blocks (6" square) I thought the Le Petit Poulet would work well with them.
As most of you know - I am a horrible insomniac, so of course, these went right into stitching mode. I fused a light stablizer to the back of the aida cloth, stitched blocks for support, and used those Jelly Roll strips to make 3 each of red, blue, green, and yellow hue blocks. Now I have to decide if I want to use the tiny pin dot on white, plain white, or black for sashing
I made the square-in-a-square blocks for the 'Quilt for Kaaren' project. You can find the information here. Blocks should be in the mail by July 15th.
I managed to get the two final borders on my Simple Things quilt. Opted for a muslin strip and then used more of my squares for a patched last border. This will wait for a little for hand quilting as I have another to get done.
I did get the wristlets finished to match the little coin & card purses (Valeri Wells pattern). This is an easy pattern and great tutorial, so if you are shy of zippers, give this a try. Tutorial can be found here.
I finished the hand quilting to complete June's UFO piece for Judy's challenge. The batting was a little too thick for a table topper, so it will be used for a stroller/carriage quilt. It is made from left over HST's, left over w/w squares, and left over sashing strips. Even the batt was a trimmed piece. The backing is new fabric I got 1/2 price - Buggy Barns' "In the Pink"
For those following the two square boxes of traveling stash, you can find them here and here. Oh, I would love one of these - so I can split it and send two square boxes on their way.
100TH POST PICK
I know this is what you all have been waiting for - and I made you work for it wading thru a long post. Mailer ready and all those charming names in the draw.
And a real good shuffle and stir to find a slip - that's a new stitchery at work for the 4th of July.
Shannon of NuNus Quilt World. I will need your pick of the double pack of charms and your mailing address. Congratulations to Shannon and thank all of you for being such Charming Followers.
Are you a square peg in a round hole, or a round peg in a square hole? Instead of trying to 'fit' within the square and round of the quilting design world, find what fits you - makes you happy and shout "I MADE THAT"!! (shhh - I think I'm a spiral)