In my last post, I shared with you the saga of the "Bigger than a Breadbox" project. That is WAAAY bigger than a breadbox...
Now the voting has begun! Head over to Persimmon Dreams blog to choose your favorite 10 projects! (A vote for me would be appreciated, but there are, again, a LOT of beauties there!)
After this was finished late Friday and I worked Saturday (and spent the evening with the hubby - after blogging, of course!), I dove into the next project on Sunday. I couldn't help myself. After figuring out the dot problem quilt idea, I couldn't stop thinking about it.
I know I have a weakness for fabrics with dots on them. I tend towards them for many projects and have a good stash of leftovers. And for years, I'd thought about making a quilt with all the dot fabrics. But until this project came along, I didn't know WHAT I was going to make.
And then A Left-Handed Quilter decided to do her Left-Handed Sampler Quilt-Along again. The blocks finish 6", so they're perfect for those smaller scraps, but large enough to not be TOO much of a nuisance. (And after doing the Christmas blocks, some of which had over 70 pieces, but also finished 6", these, so far, have been cake!)
So yesterday I made an effort to catch up.
The first four. Well, most of the first four. Some of the designs are fairly similar and I didn't want to have too many that looked too alike. Maybe I'll add some in later, but we'll see how things go.
To make them, I'm using the grey dot as a background (a fabric I found TWO 2.5 yard cuts of in my stash...I'd bought the same fabric twice and didn't even know it until I tidied up my sewing room a while back!) and going to the stash and pulling the first fabric with dots from that stack, down the line...red, then orange, then yellow...and back around again when I get to the end of the line. The fabrics I've pulled are going into a bin for later use because I'm sure I won't have enough to not repeat. Then again...I'm still not sure how many blocks I'll make!
While I was working on these, Freddie was entertaining himself.
I toss my trimmings into this bucket and, when full, tie up the bag to donate for paper-making. I replaced the bag and Freddie heard the noise and came looking. This was early...he wrestled the bag out completely, took that elsewhere, dumped the bucket over while climbing in it and then sat halfway in the upended bucket for a while.
(He usually looks blurry - here it seems too - because he won't. sit. still.)
I took a break for dinner, but things were going so well, why not keep going?
The last four of the ones she has done that I will also do. Notice that these are kinda grouped as far as similar construction/pieces. Kinda cool to see how just a little tweaking can really change a block. (Colors help, too!)
During this stretch, Freddie was chasing a fly around my sewing room. Now, there's about 2" of snow on the ground that all came down while I was sewing. The temperatures outside are below freezing. Where a FLY came from is beyond me. But with help from mom, he killed, found and ate the "sky raisin". And then tried to cute-mew it back again because he, obviously, doesn't understand that once you eat something, it's gone forever and he wanted to chase it up and over and through everything in my sewing room some more. (Thankfully he's still pretty small and very light on his feet, or things might have been much uglier!)
As leader-enders, I pulled out the tiny stars again!
It was nice that their construction was working at a 1:1 ratio with the other blocks, so I was finishing two different blocks at a time. So not too many more in the grand scheme of things (needing 1,080), but progress! And fun to sew with my mom's stash this round.
Time now to take care of a few more chores and then maybe I'll power up the longarm and quilt one of the tops I constructed last week? (Or start that new project with lost corners produced from my Project Quilting latest endeavor!)