There's cheater fabric, and I suppose there's also a cheater mini. Like when you receive several baggies of quilt "parts" from a non-blogging quilter who decides to rid her stash of some extras. Sometimes a baggie can hold 23 feet worth of 1-1/2 inch finished HST blocks, another baggie might hold the beginning of a quilt plan cut short. That would be this mini.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
After finishing stitching the last of the binding down last night, I popped this quilt in the wash for its beauty bath. Today it was sunny when I returned home from quilt ministry so outdoors we went for a few photos.
Loving how soft and spring-like this turned out!
The quilting is a mix of big stitch hand quilting and machine free-motion quilting. The larger square areas between sashings are a machine quilted stencil, and the narrower blocks and borders are hand quilted in a variety of colors of Aurifil 12 wt.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
This quilt began with a box of twelve orphan basket blocks, the rejects after my friend L completed her own quilt made from a kit of Barbara Brackman's Baltimore Blues. My friend is a perfectionist and these blocks failed to pass muster for several reasons, basket points too close to the edge, a variety of finished sizes, not square, etc. By themselves they looked pretty bland to my eyes, but the first thing on the agenda was to border them and then trim them all to the same size. But the overarching goal was to preserve as many of the basket points as possible in the process. Believe me when I say there are a LOT of 1/8" seams in this quilt!
So, after a couple days, we had this. Still a bit bland but getting better, thanks to enough scraps of that delightful blue floral to fussy cut cornerstones for the sashing.
Last week while sorting through some bins of donated fabrics for our quilt ministry I found what to my eyes would be a perfect border to add more fun to this top. Lucky for me there was one 18 inch wide strip about 76 inches long. Enough for the side borders. It just happened to be a drapery fabric from 1986 according to the selvedge, a bit heavier than quilting cotton, but perfectly serviceable.