Thursday, March 10, 2011
Remembering Mitch's Quilt...How did I make that?
This quilt did help bring the stash down on the Thimbleberry fabrics & the awareness up on how little I had in lights fabrics...wonderful scrappy quilt, one of those 'one block wonders...design is formed from only one block!
Mitchell has been bring laundry back home to borrow the washer & drier & my folding skills... to complete & get his laundry out of my laundry room. He's been in the process of painting & replacing the flooring in his laundry room for over a month. Recently he brought over his quilt that I made him in 2007 & wanted it washed, he said it's only been in use for 6 months. Well I washed it & dried it...then marveled at the new beauty of it's softer look all quilted up, Beth Michilitis you did a wonderful job on the long-arm!
Now how did I do that pattern? it was so simple & a fast work shop that I had taken at the Thames Valley Guild years ago...where was the repeating block? the more questions I asked out loud, the more curious my husband & son became...well Mitch found the block & Bill got the trusty painters tape out to show me the block. I got the measuring tape out to see the size of the pieces that were pieced together. This is a quilt I will make again...maybe in brights, al spring & summer bloom colours!
Looking at the quilt I laughed as the double piano key border as that happened by mistake. Getting carried away, I added one more round on top of the previous piano key row & loved the look. So I finished it in the double...sometimes mistakes do work for the best!
Here's how I did it...
- 3 1/2" length by 2" width (finished square is 3" by 1 1/2"), cutting the same number of lights as darks, you too may be surprised...do you have more darks or more lights in your stash?
- sew the length of two lights together, then add a dark on each end, add the outer making sure the darks are together meeting at the end & viola! keep this block next to you, then begin chain piecing to speed up the process...many,many blocks will be needed.
- bring the dark corners together & the pattern will form. A design wall is helpful with this process.
After making that many blocks...one would think that you'd remember!
Good memory...not long!