The pattern for the quilt in the box came from this book: Quilts for Scrap Lovers, by Judy Gauthier. There are LOTS of good patterns in this book. The one I chose is called Mathematical Genius. If you've read my blog before, that might strike you as ironic. My struggles with math are not a secret!
One recent Sunday, I just couldn't wait to start this any longer. I shooed away the dog and cat, turned on All Creatures Great and Small on PBS, and started laying the quilt out on the floor. The pattern is kind of like a Plus quilt, but all the pluses have to fit together.
Without the book, I would have been lost. It doesn't seem complicated until you start actually placing the squares. (Did you notice the yellow parrot fabric? I keep using it everywhere this year!) I must admit, I lost track of the TV show, and had to rewind and watch it later.
This quilt pattern turned out to be a good place to use multi-colored fabric, like the Pete the Cat and Snoopy/Joe Cool prints above.
Keeping everything straight when moving from the "design floor" to the sewing room required a little thinking. First, I took a photo of the layout on my phone. Then I pinned the squares into rows and stacked them back in the box. As I sewed, I would take a pinned row out of the box, sew all the squares together (checking the photo on my phone as needed), and then drape that row over the ironing board as shown above. If any squares were in the wrong place, it would be easy to tell.
Now it's a top! Adding the bright red border made it a slightly large baby quilt at 40 in. x 48 in. Today's job will be basting and quilting it, to get it ready to be donated.
In other news, more yellow!
More half square triangles, that I still have no specific plan for.
My favorite blocks this week are the Happy Blocks. I used a yellow square in the center of each one, and surrounded it with a color picked up from the square.
So, lots of piecing but not much actual quilting. Piecing for 20-30 minutes a day gives me a good start to the weekday morning, before my Baby Buddy gets here.
Speaking of Baby Buddy, here he is, in the middle of getting into everything. He is so fast! We have to batten down the hatches when he arrives.
This was the only picture I got of my Little Buddy this week where he WASN'T growling like a T. Rex. Here he's watching a video on my phone about (of course) dinosaurs.
My heart goes out to all the people in Texas and Oklahoma (including my family members) who have been hit by the disastrous weather. It's so easy to take infrastructure like water and electricity for granted, and so tough to manage without it. I'm hoping warmer weather will help start getting things back on track.
My guess is when things get a little more settled, there will be a need for quilts to help people who have lost so much. The quilting community always responds to disasters, and I know we will do so again. In the meantime, click HERE for a list from CNN of places to donate money to help people in Texas. If I find a similar list for Oklahoma, I will post it.
Good luck to everyone in the week ahead. Stay warm, stay safe, and let's keep sewing!
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