"February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March."
- Dr. J. R. Stockton
WE HAVE A WINNER
Gosh, you think we could have found a better hat, but lo! So we used my winter ski hat (I don't ski) and my SIL pulled a name. ROMA - I will be sending an e-mail out to you for your mailing address.
I finished the floral 'garden' charm quilt. Just simple straight stitching along seams to form the garden boxes. It needs a toss in the machine and dried (spray basted) for a nice soft, crinkly quilt. Then, if the weather permits, it's off to our Tuesday guild meeting for donation.
This is my second Brown Bag Quilt Swap piece. I received such lovely American Jane fabrics and paired them up with some AJ charms and Kona Snow. Keeping with the heritage of the fabric, I chose heritage blocks - the snowball and the 9-patch. They made a nice secondary pattern. My longarmer and I discussed the quilting, I wanted a light open scrolling vine with leaves - like those in the yellow print. She added little berries and a small heart in the larger leaf - just lovely.
This is the back of the quilt. We had to use 90 per cent of fabrics received, so I pieced the back and pieced the binding. The little baggy contains the bits that are left. I will use some of those when I make up a label, but the label will wait for when I decide who will receive this little picnic quilt.
INSPIRATION - A little different this time. I received a new box of scraps for donation and I just fell in love with these little squares of the 'umbrella girls'. There was just the 4 squares, would so love more of this fabric. Has a piece of fabric inspired you?
Another play ground for the square - Trip Around the World. Since I only had 4 little blocks I used some pre-cuts (3.5") and individually pieced a mini 'trip' and will use this for the front of a bag. I would use the strip piecing method if doing a quilt. But we don't always have to do big projects - little ones make nice gifts too.
Have you found your inspiration in the simplest of shapes; or a piece of fabric that calls out to you? Maybe a smell; or a color?