I like an "and then" day. It means that I didn't waste too much time and got lots of things accomplished. After my morning torture exercise session Marcy and I delivered the veterans quilts and then we stopped by a local yarn shop on the way home. I didn't buy anything! Yay! But it was good to see a shop open.
After lunch I headed to the sewing room and was going to put the last stack of patriotic fabrics away but instead I decided to challenge myself to quickly make a veterans quilt top out of it.
I don't like working with printed panels like this. By "like this" I mean panels with printed borders. They are impossible to get square. I had a fat quarter of the same blue used on the panel that I could use to camouflage the wonkiness of the panel print. I didn't have enough to go all the way around so star cornerstones seemed like a fine plan. And then I started looking for the next border. I had 2 half-yard cuts of the red and tan stripe. That seemed a fine choice.
By this point I had decided that there would be two more borders in blue to hold everything. That means that there are 3 remaining borders: blue, something else and blue. So far so good.
The blue round got star cornerstones to tie in with the first blue border. For the next border I had 4 fat quarters of tan prints. I cut 4.5" strips from the 4 fabrics and then sub cut those into random chunks. I didn't want to have to measure out blocks to fit the border exactly. Random chunks solved that.
Finally one last blue border and this was done in just a few hours. I had a half yard of the red stripe left so I cut it into binding strips.
This is the rest of that panel. I don't think I'll be using it in future quits. I just don't think it will be very uplifting for a veteran dealing with a cancer diagnosis.
And then the power went out.
We had a great summer storm around 5:30 last night and that knocked the power out for almost 2 hours. I got my lantern from the basement and added a lot more rows to my blanket. I'm almost halfway through the first ball.
And then the power came back on.
So before heading to bed I decided to clear out 2 big bags of batting scraps and make some dog beds. I'll drop these off with my friend tomorrow. Everything about these is about turning trash to treasure. The fabrics are all free giveaways and I use thread that I don't use for anything else anymore. It only took about an hour and a half to make all 4 of these.
Today is another day full of options and I don't really have a plan. I'll just see what I'm in the mood to do next.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.