By the time you read this post I (hopefully) should be on holiday in Peru. I wanted to schedule this post so that it would automatically come out on Tuesday and you could see what the books quilt looks like with all the blocks assembled together. There won’t be any progress for next Tuesday but I am already playing with some ideas for the borders; they’ll just have to wait until we are back.
So far this is the quilt’s top:
I gave all blocks to Ana and asked her to arrange them in rows. I took her about 2 minutes and she did have a system to group blocks together. It would have taken me at least an hour to come up with the arrangement…. I tend to over-think these things.
I hope you are all enjoying the summer.
Ooops. I scheduled it for today and not next Tuesday. Well, now you don’t have to wait till Tuesday to read it.
The mustache quilt is done, and already in the hands of her rightful owner. This was the last week of classes so all parents were invited to the classroom to see their kiddos’ work. We brought the quilt along and gave it to Ms. F., who was visibly touched by it.
The kids were so proud of their work and run to be right next to her while she inspected it all.
The finished product. Now she can show off to all the other teachers in the school.
For photos of the whole quilt and details click here.
In the next post I’ll show you yet another quilt I have started.
I am now entering the planning phase of this quilt and after much thought (and reluctance) I had to admit that it would look better with one more block so that I can have 5 rows of 5 instead of 4 rows of 6.
The second decision I had to make was whether to have the blocks arranged in tidy rows and columns or to sew them randomly and even overlapping. Ana helped a lot, because she wanted the neat option, and I wasn’t sure my skills were good enough to improvise randomness.
I cut each block to its right size and then added black sashing to the top and bottom and cut again so that the height for all blocks would be 12 inches. That should take care of the row dimensions.
Terrible, blurred photo, I know. Sorry about that.
Now I just need to figure out the width.
During this process I discovered a couple of blocks with no author’s names (well, Ana discovered them with her eagle eye). That was easily fixed.
I hope to have a brand new block for next week but I doubt that I will, for I have been distracted with other endeavors lately, so I am not counting on much progress. If you have talked to me recently you already know that after reading Marie Kondo’s best selling book about tidying up and organizing I have been frantically discarding bags and bags from my home. I still have quite a lot to go through, but so far I am thoroughly enjoying the process. I can’t wait to have a clutter free house.
I can’t believe the mustache quilt is all done. It took less that a month from start to finish and that included the whole process of giving the materials to the children and getting them back. If you don’t know what I am talking about you can read about this quilt here.
Interestingly enough the top of the quilt was the “easy” part of this project; it was the back that had me thinking for hours. You see, I had two different mustache fabrics, one with a white background and one with a black one. I knew I wouldn’t have enough of any to make the whole back but I couldn’t figure out how to combine them. Finally it occurred to me to make a row of color mustaches at the back to transition between the two fabrics.
Here’s what the back looks like:
For the front I added the words: “Ms. Ferola’s class 2015″ and appliqued them in green (Ms. F’s favorite color).
I quilted straight lines along the sides and bottom and diagonal lines (diamonds) on the top part where the letters are.
The parents seem to like this quilt a lot. I hope Ms. F. appreciates it too. We won’t know until the last week of classes, and because of all the snow days this winter that won’t be until the 20-something of June.
I’ll finish off with an image that took me by surprise on my way home the other day:
I think it’s an electric box of some sort attached to a traffic light here in Arlington. It has been painted with a well known quilting design. I believe it’s called the “double wedding ring” but you can correct me if I’m wrong. How cool is that?