Sunday, July 14, 2013

next step of progress on current donation quilt

Today I worked on the second row all the way to being able to sew it to the first row.  I consider this to be at the not quite half done stage.
 I did some deep scrap diving to come up with a wider range of colors and include some longtime favorite fabrics. In fact some of the very last little bits of them are now part of this quilt.  And one I wish I had much more of than the measly two strips I found.  I can not even remember if I bought them or how they came to live in my scrap stash bag...I just wish there was more of them!

I also finished the last 4 blocks on a 2011 Fab ufo ...stay tuned for more on that.

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Sunday, July 07, 2013

sharing the process of the latest donation quilt

I finished up Max's cloth book and as wonky as it turned out, decided not to make anymore for him.  These panels seem never to be printed straight of grain, or even straight anything!

So, I pinned the remaining 3 panels up on the design wall for further thoughts.  I decided one would work as a donation quilt, by cutting apart the "pages".

And, once I did that, I took a photo.  I thought I would share my process here, in case anyone else has had a similar frustrating experience. So,  rather than use the entire panel as a back for example or throw it away, another idea, that seemed pretty darn appealing-I cut one of the panels apart into the "pages" and here is how I "laid" them out for the overall quilt top idea.

You can see I arranged them by page number so page 1 and 2 go across the top and so on.

The target size of the donation quilt I want to make is 40 inches across, 60 inches length.  So,next up was to pull scraps/strips to fill in the rows.

Here is what I came up for the first row:
You can see I found in my stash a nice selection of fabrics to work with the cloth book squares.
I left the row short by the width I want for putting a border around all of the rows once they are done.

I am stopping for the day at this point.  Time to go play in the dirt!

I will be back after I get row 2 and maybe row 3 done.

It's great to be working on something new and stretching my creative brain cells a bit!

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