Slow Quilting Week

Posted May 7th, 2012 by marcella and filed in quilting

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.

See how the other Block of the Month rehab quilters are doing with their project here.
Visit Judy’s to see what people have up on on their design walls this week.

– – marcella

9 Responses to “Slow Quilting Week”

  1. AnnieO says:

    That’s a good plan–aim low, finish high :)

    Your applique block is adorable!

    Love your little quilt and how you eliminated the bias edges. That was stopping me from jumping on that Granny Square bandwagon too.

  2. Ann says:

    adorable little block good color choices you’ll get it done one stitch at a time.

  3. Teresa says:

    The sheep block is adorable. I love the HST border you did on the Granny Square, maybe I’ll try one on my grannys.

  4. Sinta says:

    Oh goodness… pretty things are happening here! I love seeing your Rehab progress. And I really love your Granny Square quilt. It is really adorable!

  5. Angie SoCal says:

    What a sweet preemie quilt and an adorable block. Would love to see more.

  6. Good idea to prep those basket blocks ahead of time. There are a lot of times when I feel like doing hand work but I don’t feel like prepping. Also, I’m this close to making some granny square blocks too! I love how you made the triangle border with the gaps of white squares. Great design choice!

  7. Darlene says:

    I think you’ve been very, very productive!!!! Beautiful blocks.

  8. Vicki H. says:

    Very very cute blocks and your preemie quilt is adorable. I made a few of these blocks a few years ago and the bias edges made me unhappy. I am going to have to reread and think heavily to understand how to cut triangles on the straight of grain, which is pure genius!

  9. Sherry says:

    I was not able to join in on BOM rehab, I made no progress this week. I came to be inspired and I was. I love your little quilt. I also think that cutting the blocks out and preparing them for applique is the way I should work on my tisket a tasket blocks.

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