I now have two quilt tops waiting for the next step and although I want to get on with them I want to be able to do some quilting and maybe even some free motion work on them. I’m reluctant to go ahead until I feel a bit more satisfied with my efforts.
So, because I want to keep on making patchwork but don’t want a pile of quilt tops waiting to be finished, I have made two decisions this week.
Firstly to start a scrap quilt to work on as I go, using up lots of scraps.
Secondly to make some quilt blocks as samplers. This way I can practice my cutting and get my sewing accurate and maybe learn a bit about drafting too.
The First Block
I chose a Pinwheel design as my first block. Why a Pinwheel ? No reason really, it was the first one I found when I started looking, I could have looked some more but I know myself too well. I could waste hours deciding so I decided not to!
I chose a plain fabric and two patterned. I’m loving orange at the moment and there seems to be quite a bit in my stash. The squares are cut in 2 sizes, you could use a charm pack and trim some.
I chain stitched the squares, I love using the tips Kate taught me!
… But I hit a snag here – I’ve lost a machine foot. How? I know I change them a lot but I usually put them straight back in the box, after all it’s right there. SO annoying. I had to use my quarter inch foot, not ideal but ok, it’s done.
I needed to lay out the pinwheel to piece it together otherwise I could have spent as much time undoing and redoing as I have with this blog post!
I joined the centre four first then the two above and below.
I was very aware of getting the points joined neatly but I remembered what Kate had said about pressing the seams in opposite directions, lining them up and a gentle stretch where necessary and it all seemed to come together pretty well.
I’ve accumulated quite a pile of scraps recently, I refuse to throw away anything remotely useable. I’ve seen numerous scrap quilts in my browsing and decided to try to use the scraps as I go. I decided on 2½” square, which means I can use jelly roll scraps, and make strips, one was left over from the juicy jelly border. The strips will have sashes and a border of solid fabric and a patterned binding . Here are my strips so far.
An early afternoon walk in the unseasonable sleet gave me a bit of planning time. All in all a productive Easter Saturday afternoon.