Welcome to Treadlestitches!
It's the last Saturday of September, and the last Saturday of orange for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I'm working on sewing the blocks I've made all year into baby quilts for donation. This little quilt uses Friendship Stars and Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric.
I'm a retired school librarian, so of course I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and all the other books by Eric Carle. In this fabric, we can see his little head (before he ate all that food) and the colorful dots found on the title page (below).
The border fabric also copies those dots, but with brighter and darker colors.
I bought the caterpillar fabric in a quilt shop on our recent vacation, but I had to order the border fabric (from the Fat Quarter shop) when I decided I needed it. Lesson learned, buy it when you see it! (BTW, my local shop didn't have it. I always check there first.)
The set was easy and fun to do, and one I had never done before. Instead of sashing, I sewed a rectangle of the caterpillar fabric (cut 2.5 in. x 6.5 in.) to the top of half the blocks and the bottom of the other half. When I sewed the rows together, I alternated the blocks, and that's what gives it the staggered look. I chose to make a mini-rainbow with the colors.
I absolutely love orange, especially Halloween prints!
More orange blocks are done.
The 1890s reproduction prints in Poinsettia blocks,
and of course Ice Cream blocks. Orange sherbet, mango ice cream, maybe even pumpkin and cantaloupe!
So what's ahead for next week? As you can imagine, I've got lots more blocks to sew into tops. Once I've figured out which blocks go where, I use paper labels and clothespins to organize the rows at the treadle. I usually piece in the mornings, while waiting for my Baby Buddy to be dropped off.
Once the tops are made, there's the usual backing, batting, and basting to deal with. Then Mrs. Pfaff and I get to work doing some simple quilting.
But first Baby Buddy and I need to go to the park! Sometimes I wonder why we buy so many toys, when his favorite things are sticks, rocks, leaves, and pine cones. Here he's banging on the metal post, making lots of exciting noise.
Little Buddy, Baby Buddy's big brother, was Student of the Week this week at kindergarten. He got to bring in his favorite book for storytime. Guess what it was! That's right, The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
I hope you have fun this week with all your favorites, whatever they may be. Stay safe, and keep sewing!
Linking up with:
Sarah at Can I Get A Whoop Whoop
Alycia at Finished or Not Finished Friday