I’m thinking I need to lower my standards. It seems like more often then not I start out on Monday by writing that not much quilting has happened around here. Maybe I should plan on something pitiful like a half hour a week of quilting and then I could at least meet if not exceed my expectations.
I did not finish any of the basket blocks this week. I did get the July block all prepped and ready to appliqué and embroider.
I also realized that I really love to just sit and appliqué and not have to break up the hand stitching with more prep work. With that in mind, I started prepping the last blocks. That way they’ll all be cut out and ready to sew. I think I’ll like that better than doing it a block at a time.
I also realized that I hadn’t shown you one of my recent preemie quilt tops. I had been trying to resist the granny block craze since I think we can all agree that I do not need another project to work on. But, if it’s small it’s actually finish-able, right? So, using a packet of 2 x 5 inch rectangles from a Moda Candy Bar I made this cute little top:
The rectangles were all cut up into squares and I started playing. There were enough squares to make four blocks and the leftovers were pieced with some white background squares to make the little triangle border. The finished top is 33 inches square. I think with a flannel back it will be perfect for a little baby at the hospital.
I did adjust the block directions. The usual instructions use just squares to make the block, and then once it is assembled the block is trimmed up to a square. That leaves all those background triangles with bias edges. Instead of using squarers for the background, I cut triangles so the outside edge of the block would be on the straight of grain.
For the side triangles I cut two 4 1/4″ squares diagonally twice to make 8 triangles
For the corner triangles I cut two 2 1/2″ squares diagonally once to make 4 corners
The triangles are slightly oversized. Then place the ruler with the 1/4″ mark on the points of the printed squares and the edge of the ruler on the background edge, and trim the block down to 9 1/4″ with a perfect 1/4″ edge.
– – marcella