Monthly Archives: March 2012

My Design Wall for the $7 Batik Quilt

In January when I first selected the yellow background for this quilt, some of the customers in the quilt shop were looking as worried as I felt. Would this yellow overpower the quilt or would it be just the right color to tie everything together?  Only one way to find out. Jump in and start cutting. I felt pretty good about the first two blocks, but I still wondered if it would be so bright that I would need sunglasses to work on the quilt.

I am happy to report that at the February show and tell my blocks were met with oohs. Everyone seemed to be as pleased with it as I was. As the months go on and I add new blocks, I fall more in love with it. It’s going to be one of my all time favorites. And I won’t need sunglasses.

Oh, why is it a $7 quilt? Calico Station has a block of the month program that is fun. The first month you buy the first star block and every month after that you have the month’s block done, you get the next block free. I joined this program three different times in the past and have always had to buy a block or two over the course of the year. My goal this year is to have them all done on time. I don’t have English essays to grade so it should be easy.

How small is too small?

Uncovered an old UFO in my closet in February and have become obsessed with finishing it. Colors arranged just so, points matching perfectly are the way things in my universe work best.  For many years of Saturday mornings I was part of a quilting club that featured a wonderful show and tell every meeting that made me want to work with bright, bright colors and with scrappy quilts. Those who know me understand that I like nothing too flashy and the front needs to look as neat as the back (lessons from embroidering with my grandma).

This quilt is an adventure of lights and darks without regard for what goes next to what and definitely no thought to the rules of light and shadow. Believe me, it was hard not to lay out all the pieces and choose which patterns go best together. As you can see in my scrap box below, everything goes together! Not in my normal universe, but in this project, it strangely works. It will be a nice nap quilt on the back of my big comfy chair.

The 2 1/2 inch squares are my member’s bonus from Material Things’ Kwilt Klub.

The tiny half-square triangle blocks are from my insanely obsessive mind that wondered what could be done with those perfectly good little pieces? I think I may have a new pillow on the couch when I finish this. Only 8 border blocks and 4 long seams away from having the top done.

The pattern is called Charm Swaps from an Australian Patchwork and Quilting magazine (the date is invisible to me, but it is from around 2000).  I hope to have it finished by Easter.