I finished The Scrapbasket Sampler, by Cheri Payne, provided on her Quilts by Cheri Friendship group on Facebook. These are 4" blocks:
|26" x 46"|
As usual, I made some changes. Her applique' on the top border was very primitive and some people did it in wool, it was perfect for that. I used one of my favorite sayings and did a machine buttonhole stitch with thick black thread. It was pretty fast as I used Steam-a-Seam 2 so I could draw the letters correctly and then reverse then when putting the fusible of the back side of the fabric. On the bottom border I kept the basis design put thought to add my initials and the year on the bottom sides. I love seeing words and dates on quilts so this was fun to do. Some people used different fabrics for the four borders but after I agonized so in selecting the setting squares, I kept the borders all the same, a lovely mocha brown I bought in Chicago.
Today we got the 20th block from The Splendid Sampler. Here are the first two rows assembled:
So far I have changed or eliminated three of the blocks--my goal is to get this done fairly quickly each day--new blocks are provided each Thursday and Sunday--at the end of 50 weeks we'll have 100 six-inch blocks. There are over 80 designers so some of the blocks feature embroidery or other hand-stitching I don't want to do on this quilt.
I'm also keeping up with Circa 2016 from Temecula Quilt Co. Each Friday there is a new bit of instruction. See my center here. Fortunately, there are only small blocks to do right now, two a week. But as we will need 120 half square triangles that finish to 1.5" at the end, I'm working on those now--they make the perfect leader/ender project:
Now it's time to get Rajah Revisited caught up before the May instructions appear.
And I'll end by sharing the doll quilt I received this week from the swap hosted by Lori at Humble Quilts. It came to me from Kim A. in Kansas City, MO:
|20.5" x 24"|
This is a great collection of reproduction fabrics--I found it amazing that Kim only used one fabric I have in my stash, a purple print--odd, since I have a substantial stash of these kinds of prints. Thanks, Kim and Lori! Here is the one I sent to Roni H. in Tarpon Springs, FL:
|20" square, I think|
It's fun to share this little quilts with others in different parts of the country and world!