I enjoy collecting antique quilts and making reproductions of them both big and small. I've made a few baskets and I'd like to make more. I dabble in knitting and would love to learn rug hooking, but it's hard to find time to do it all. I work in higher education and I love my job. However, I do spend a lot of time dreaming about quilts.
I finally got back to my sewing machine last Sunday. My motivation was the arrival of a whole bolt of cheddar colored fabric from Moda. I've been seeking the Moda Bella cheddar and I found it. I have all sorts of cheddar projects floating around in my head and I thought I would kick things off with a nine patch. So I pulled out my brown box and cut lots of squares.
I am also trying to find places to stash the part of the stash that is piled around my house. Where better to stash it than in a quilt. So, I cut more squares from this brown spot background. I only wish I could remember where I bought it since I didn't remember to do math before I got busy cutting. These squares aren't enough to finish my quilt. Ah, well, who said it couldn't be controlled scrappy. There's got to be another fabric that I can use, too.
I took my brown and dots and made some of these.
Now, I have one of these. I want a quilt that's a little bigger than my usual small quilt but not a big quilt. I am thinking something I can fold over the back of a chair for a pop of cheddar deliciousness. So, I figure I will need about 17 more of these blocks.
I also found a delightful shop called Two Thimbles in Bellingham, Washington. One of the things I like about Pinterest is it shows me things I would not find on my own. The little "T" quilt (see the pattern sticking out of the bag?) was a project the shop did for their anniversary a couple of years ago. Fortunately, they were still selling kits on their website. Do you love the cute little brown bag it is packed in? I also ordered a couple of stacks of fat quarters in (more) cheddar and indigo. I have a real hankering for a blue and cheddar quilt, too.
P.S. Keep your fingers crossed for my machine sewing projects. When I turned Bernie on last Sunday she insisted on only sewing backwards - again! I had this problem last year and she was in the hospital for the whole summer. I turned her off and on a couple of times and she straightened out. But, it happened again last night and the on and off trick didn't work. I cleaned her, told her how pretty and smart she was and even tried giving her a bit of a smack. I think it was the smack because she went back to straight sewing at last. I know she needs to go in the shop but I don't have time to take her there until at least Saturday and I really would like to finish this top first.