I have two tops to get quilted before I can start on this one. I think I’ll do overall feathers, maybe using a variegated green thread or should I use ecru thread? It’s a donation quilt and I think the variegated thread light make it a happier quilt. There is more green fabric than ecru. . hmmm . . what to do? You decide. Variegated green or ecru thread? I’ll count your votes (comments) before I load it on the longarm . . hopefully by Friday afternoon.
When attending quilt shows or looking through magazines, I’m amazed at the work that goes into many quilts I see. I don’t always do the simplest of quilts but I definitely don’t do hard quilts. Tiny pieces . . not in my quilts! What can be more simple than a snowball quilt?
For me, a snowball quilt isn’t as simple as you might think. I use the little flip corner method and I have the hardest time getting everything to line up when I put the blocks together. I’d like to put a plain square between them . . that would help! Can’t do that though.
The Lee’s Summit Quilt Guild uses snowballs for their donation quilts and they have a color each month. March is actually children’s prints but I have none of those so I’m using green, a color from a previous month. April is pink so I think I’ll do one for a previous month and one for a future month.
Putting these blocks together should be a piece of cake, if I can just get all those seams to line up right. And, it’s all from the stash!
Karen L., a blog reader sent me a surprise yesterday. Well, she didn’t send it yesterday but I got it yesterday. It’s always nice to get a surprise!
I can’t imagine why Karen thought of me when she saw this “Ode to a Stash”. So true! And, this fabric, I probably know why she sent me this! Chickens!!
Thanks again, Karen! I have an idea of a little wall hanging I can make with it and hang it near my stash. The chicken fabric may have started a new obsession with “all things chicken”!
Here’s the EQ drawing for our stash project:
Here’s my quilt:
You can lay you blocks out dark/light/dark/light (according to the outer color) or you can just put them together any way that suits you. If you have a design wall, put them up and look at them to be sure you don’t have clumps of lights and clumps of darks together. It always helps me to take a digital photo and then look at the block layout on my computer screen.
My quilt needed to be a bit longer because it’s going to an orphanage and they like for them to be about 60″ x 80″ so I added a gold strip to the top and bottom. I quilted it using free motion feathers as shown by Dawn Ramirez (pajama quilter). I highly recommend her DVD and workbook.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Play around with you blocks and look at your stash. What fabric do you want to use for your setting triangles? Say you want to use green but you don’t have enough of any one fabric. You’ll need just a bit over one yard. Mix and match some greens to make it work.
- The second border is where I have gold. You will need less than 1/2 yard for that (unless you add the top and bottom outer strips like I did).
- What do you want for your outer border (where I used purple)? Again, use several fabrics if you don’t have enough of one. You’ll need a little over a yard for the border and if you want to bind using that same fabric, you’ll need a bit over 1/2 yard for the binding.
So, do you know what fabrics you want to use for the setting triangles and the outer border? You need to make four more blocks just like the others. These will be used for the corner blocks. From your outer border fabric (purple) cut 4 – 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ rectangle. From your setting triangle fabric (where I used green), cut 4 – 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ rectangles, 8 – 2″ x 7″ strips and 4 – 2″ x 8-1/2″ strips. Make those four blocks and in a day or so, we’ll talk about cutting the setting triangles.