Starting the Maine quilt
Do you remember a post from August when I talked about my sun printing project in Maine? I had a great couple of days at our cottage on Sebec Lake sun printing about 9 yards of fabric. I got them out recently to figure out what I want to do with them. This is going to be my project for Country School monthly sewing retreat. But before our October sewing days I had to decide exactly what to do about it.
This will be an every-day quilt for our bed so I want it to be pretty quick and easy. I also don't want a lot of small pieces because that will hide the sun printed images. I worked up a couple of ideas and then did a Google search for "one block quilts" and saw all sorts of quilts that were square, triangle and hexagon based. Then I saw an apple core quilt.
I really did say "Ah Ha!" out loud.
Because I remembered that my friend made an apple core quilt with giant blocks. Here's was made with a huge variety of skull fabrics and it was a really cool quilt. Fortunately she still had the template. Can you see that this is a 12" block? Sadly, I don't think this particular template is available anymore but this one is close.
At the October sewing retreat I got the whole quilt cut out! It's pure luck that I happened to cut my fabric pieces to be larger than a fat quarter and I was able to cut 4 blocks from every fabric.
I couldn't wait to see how they will look together. Here's one of each fabric just randomly arranged on the floor. Sometime before the November retreat I'll lay the whole quilt out on the living room floor so that I can stack the rows for sewing. I love the mix of strong and subtle prints. This is going to be an awesome quilt.
Oh look! Leftovers! There's no way these are going in the trash. I see placemats and postcards in my future.
10/23/2017 11:26:23 am
Three wonderful projects for you: a quilt, placemats and postcards! I am sure they will be beautiful!
10/23/2017 11:39:05 am
Giant Apple Core, genius!
10/23/2017 11:43:21 am
Sometimes the leftovers are more fun than the quilt. However, this looks like it will be an amazing quilt .
10/23/2017 11:52:36 am
What a fun pattern to use those fabrics!
10/23/2017 01:20:48 pm
This is going to be a show stopper. I love the sun prints and if I still lived in Maine I would have drove down the tree hours just to meet up!
Tina in NJ
10/23/2017 03:23:43 pm
It looks fabulous! Be great in batiks, too!
10/24/2017 08:44:42 am
Now aren't you a clever little quilter Vicki! Love the applecore idea....and the jumbo size is perfect for sun prints. What a treat this will be to see on your bed each day. Enjoy!
10/24/2017 11:28:27 am
That apple core block will really show off those fabric in a much more interesting way than just squares or triangles.
10/25/2017 05:43:19 pm
Awe Some!!!! And a bonus that there's enough left over to make some other projects too. Definitely a win/win!
10/26/2017 10:01:58 am
That is going to look so great!
11/1/2017 07:31:38 pm
It looks great already!
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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.