The president of the Yorkshire Rose of Quilters’ Guild of Toronto has issued a challenge! We are to make a 12 in square quilt using the world Spring as inspiration. I selected a beautiful fabric I purchased from Country Clothesline online store. Sylvia the owner has a wonderfully curated shop.
I was attracted to the large scale print and bold colours of Always Blooming. It came home with me even though I didn’t know what I would do with it.
When the President’s Challenge was issued and the inspiration word spring was announced, definitions of the word were given to expand our ideas beyond the obvious. I must admit that the season was the first thought I had. Later, I looked up spring in the dictionary and thesaurus for inspiration. I wanted to create something beyond the obvious but when I looked through my stash and came across this piece of fabric, I knew I had the beginning of my quilt.
I isolated a small section of the print and pulled a selection of fabrics from my stash. As you can see below the piece is a rectangle, I inserted too many strips. The piece only needs to be 12 inches square when completed. I will be doing a bit of quilting, so that will shrink the quilt a bit, but I will need to crop off some of the outside edges.
I’ve pieced the top and the next step is to quilt it. I plan on adding some embellishments, such as organza ribbon and maybe some beading. This challenge is due in May more work is needed before its done!
My mom bought me a ziplock bag full of pre-cut squares of cotton from a local thrift shop for $4.00. The bag was full to bursting.
I pulled the squares out, counted the 1 1/2 inch squares and approximated the rest:
266 – 1 1/2 inch squares
220 – 2 1/2 inch squares
260 – 3 inch squares
200 – 4 inch squares
100 – 5 inch squares
There is quite a variety of scraps: Kaffe Fassett, children’s prints, modern, calico prints, florals. They are all patterned, there are no solids.
I love using scraps. Quilts made from scraps have a wonderful sense of colour. They also remind me of how quilts were usually made by our ancestors. Small pieces of clothing that were not too worn out, were repurposed into a quilt that would be used to keep the family warm.
For the moment, I will add these to my stash of scraps and ponder on what to do with them. How often do you use scraps in your quilts?
I decided that I one of my resolutions for 2015 was to improve my free motion quilting. So, I pulled out these large blocks and began.
These blocks have been pieced for at least 3 years! They are about 15 inches square with lots of space to practice free motion quilting.
In the block above I quilted a different free motion design in each quadrant.
top right: meander
bottom right: loops
bottom left: ribbon
top left: loops and flowers
I am happy with the stitching. There is improvement with each quadrant I work on.
The blocks are easy and quick to piece. I originally saw a demonstration at the Creative Festival in Toronto probably three years ago! I went straight home and made all the blocks. Suzanne McNeill has a YouTube tutorial that shows just how quickly you can piece these blocks.