A Long Quilt Making Weekend

Slight Veer to the Charming

Shutterstock_688093189Thank all those essential workers as you go about your Labor Day festivities! Where would we be without them?? :)

The weather is glorious this weekend - high 70s, low 80s in temperature, relatively dry, blue skies! I intend to enjoy my lunch on the deck at the very least tomorrow. :

I have been sewing on a bit of a make-do job while waiting for the aboriginal fabrics to finish my medallion project. One of the things I received in a recent quilting sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop was two charm packs of prints from the lovely blossoms collection - red, white, blue, aqua and apple green prints with roses, geometrics and chickens. :) Also in that box was a set of freezer paper templates by Lori Holt to make three piece crazy blocks from the charms. 'Course, after making the first set, I did not need those to create the design. :)

This is the best kind of mindless sewing design - no corners to match, the blocks get trimmed to size so no fussy piecing. You literally cannot mess up! :) Here's my stack of 4" (raw edged) blocks, made in about three hours of sewing:


There are about 45 blocks in that stack. :) That is from one of the two charm packs - the other set is in progress now. Once I get them all sewn and trimmed, I will search out something nice for finishing a top with them. I am considering some kind of 'shadow' setting to show off each fun combination of prints. 

Sometimes I just have to shove fabric under the needle and sew without using too much brain power. The fun in this project comes from choosing sets of three fabric prints that I like together ... and in seeing how pretty they are when finished. :) I expect this will become a donation quilt of some kind, eventually. I even took a photo of the trimmings:

TrimmingsThis is a pretty good sized fabric tote bag I am using to collect the too-small-to-use scraps of fabric that sewing generates. When it is full, the whole thing will go to the recycling bin at the local school (schools get a set fee per pound of fabrics/clothing they collect in the bins and the goods goes to be re-used or re-created into stuffing, etc.). 

We're not planning to travel tomorrow - rarely do on holidays - but I'm looking forward to spending some time outside on the deck, enjoying the nice weather. :) Hard to believe it's September already! This year feels like it has been simultaneously shorter and way, way longer than normal. sigh.

:) Linda


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