Monday, February 24, 2014

Scraps and Dogwoods

Yesterday I got together with quilty friend Sharon for what I have begun to call our Sunday Sewcial. If you haven't read about it before, we are making Maureen Cracknell's herringbone quilts. You can find the tutorial hereDespite the fact that Sharon still does not believe we have cut enough 2 1/2" strips, we marked 4 or 5 lines at 45 ° that are 2" apart on our batting strips to get us started. Then, we began sewing. Our strips are 72" long. Sharon is using 8" wide strips of batting and I am using 10" strips. This is a quilt as you go quilt. Here is my first strip. 
The strip is too long for my wall, so I photographed it on a bed. The edges are rough cut right now, but will be rotary cut later. I will have 6 strips and Sharon will have 8. I will probably add a couple borders to mine. I need it to fit a twin sized bed. 

It's kind of funny. When Sharon first began quilting she was sure that she wanted low volume quilts with colors that "blended". After her first quilt she has changed her mind. Now, she wants really, really bold colors...the bolder, the better, so we are really having fun. The best part about doing a scrap quilt with a friend is that you get some different fabrics than just what is in your own stash. Now, we can hardly remember whose fabrics were whose.

For a of couple years I have had a layer cake of the "Dogwood Trails" collection by Moda. I saw a simple quilt on Pinterest I thought would work well with these pre-cuts. So, I cut 10" squares of white fabric to go with the layer cakes. Here are a few of the large, half square triangles I made in no time at all.
I plan to use this simple layout. Then, I am going to hand quilt it. I may use pink pearl cotton thread in the white triangles. I think it will be lovely.

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Teresa in Music City said...

Nothing better than sewing with a good friend!!! So glad for you that you have that special friend :) Your Dogwood blocks are sweet, and will be even sweeter with the pink hand-quilting - you're right, it will be lovely!!!

greg @ grey dogwood studio said...

I love that Dogwood Trails fabric! This will be a pretty quilt!

Kate said...

You've definitely got some bright going on with your scrappy quilt. Looks like a lot of progress. Very pretty HSTs with the Dogwood Trails.

Ellen said...

Lots of fun stuff going on in your sewing room! It is so much fun to have a sewing partner.

Heather said...

Your quilt will be really pretty with perl cotton quilting. The scraps are looking lively as well.

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