Saturday, September 25, 2021

Orange Blocks and a Caterpillar

 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

Angela at So Scrappy 
Cynthia at Oh Scrap


  1. What a happy RSC quilt, Sylvia! You found perfect fabrics for joining the blocks and for the borders, it is lovely quilt.

  2. I'm planning to do the same thing during these next months, Sylvia - work on finishing some quilts. Your star quilt with the hungry caterpillar fabric is adorable! I love the way you set the stars do they have lots of movement. Of course, Little Buddy's favorite book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

  3. Such a wonderful happy looking quilt! Thanks for explaining how you got the blocks offset for a different look. Nice and simple and would work well for lots of blocks. I'm now thinking of using this idea for one of my 2020 RSC yet unfinished projects.

  4. Congrats on completing that fun quilt top, Sylvia (and to Little Buddy for being Student of the Week!) While I don't decorate with orange, I like it quite a bit. LOVE those Poinsettia blocks!!

  5. Congrats on finishing this top. I SO love it! Love The Very Hungry Caterpillar story and I love dots so … I LOVE this quilt. I love that the stars sway a little. Sometimes, just a little thing makes all the difference in a quilt. Very well done! ;^)

  6. Adorable! Love the dots and that tiny caterpillar face!

  7. oh what a great quilt - such fun for a little someone

  8. I didn’t read The Very Hungry Caterpillar till I had grandchildren! I wonder why! It was published in 1969, when my youngest was almost a year old! It’s a favorite now of my great grandkids! Love the quilt! I like the idea of staggering the stars! Brilliant!

  9. I love how you staggered those stars. It adds so much playfulness to the quilt. Thanks for sharing with oh Scrap!

  10. All your orange blocks look great and the Friendship Stars quilt is beautiful. Love the way you set the blocks!

  11. I too have fond memories of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar!" I'm with Cynthia regarding the staggering of those stars. I thought it was a brilliant layout!

  12. The Hungry Caterpillar!! it is so adorable! The colors are just so bright - and what a fun quilt!!!


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