A week ago our group was given a big package of painted "quilt blocks" done by campers a few years back, and asked to make quilts from them for this year's auction. Never mind that it's already July now, and there are probably nearly 200 of said blocks....
We won't be making quilts of all of them since the paint is heavily applied on many of them, and chipping off some of them, others are just blobs of green, brown, and black and blue. But there are some that have possibilities, as long as we're not trying to actually "quilt" through those blocks.
So, I chose 20 of the blocks and gave them sashings with some recently donated fabric I had left over from another project (yet to be blogged about). Added a couple borders from another box of donated fabrics, backed the whole thing with leftover pieces of wide backing which I've found to be a bit heavier than regular quilting fabric and hopefully more stable. Then a quick quilting through all the sashings and borders, adding a machine binding, and voila, done!
More than a bit of wonk in these blocks - does that make them improv??
Anyway, these two blocks captured my imagination:
Fireflies! Of which we have many this month!
Love these sponge-painted trees
And now it's back to the tedium of machine quilting those larger quilts that don't want to move through the machine in 90 degree high humidity weather. Looks like we're due for another 5-6 days before this current heat wave breaks. But we do have something to look forward to late this week when youngest daughter and our 18-month-old grandson arrive for the weekend!
Happy stitching, picnicking, vacationing, and whatever makes you happy over this 4th of July week!