Sunday, February 03, 2013
Instead of watching football
We are not big professional football watchers at my house. Well - not having cable TV doesn't help - but even when we did, we were more likely to work on projects around then house than watch a game. So tonight it should be no surprise that I worked on a sewing project instead of watching the game. I was prepping this quilt for a class sample - and will be teaching the class in April at Chestnut Bay Quilting. The pattern is Carnival by Jaybird Quilts, and uses the Lazy Angle Ruler by Lazy Girl Designs to get these wonderfully fun and funky pinwheels.
I had a pile of pink fat quarters in my stash, so picked the Kaffe Fassett fabric for the border based on that - then picked up a few more fabrics at Chestnut Bay and from my stash to round things out. It's not "matchy matchy" and there are batiks mixed in there with the other fabrics, and a solid along with the prints - but for a scrappy quilter like me, that's pretty much how it goes. The white on white is all the same, though.
One of the really fun things with this ruler is that you can make the same block easily in different sizes - and the ruler does the math!! After cutting out the pieces for the big blocks, I realized I had enough fabric in the leftover bits to cut out a couple of smaller blocks. I initially sewed up these minis to use in instructing the class, but when I was prepping the backing I needed just a smidge of a pieced strip to make the backing wide enough - and these pieces did the trick. I have enough scraps to make more for class - so using these up wasn't a problem. I am actually thinking of making the quilt up again with all smaller blocks in larger quantity - these are 2.5" units, so it would be fun to play with a jelly roll and see what happens. Stay tuned...
I've got it all pinned together now - and have my quilting planned out - but don't know if I will get to it this week as we have something on the calendar nearly every evening. I pinned up my other top today as well -so my knees are sore! I can't pin up anything else without getting some quilting done, though - as I am nearly out of pins.