I finished these three quilts today. By “finished” I mean “attached the labels.” Two of them were waiting for the third to catch up. How about a little story?
This summer I went on a Shop Hop and bought three charm packs with the intention of making some pinwheel quilts. The method is super simple . . . place two charms right sides together and stitch on all four edges. Cut each pair from corner to corner twice – like an X. Press the HSTs that result and sew them back together.
I paired all the charms from one package, which resulted in 21 blocks. That’s not enough for a lap quilt, so I dug around in my stash and found this green that worked great with the collections (Moda’s Merriment). A quarter yard of red and it’s ready to quilt.
For some reason, I decided to do the border with parallel lines . . . 3/8 of an inch apart. Do you have any idea how long it takes to stitch all those lines?!?!! That was just toooo much!
In the meantime, I’ve read an article that says you need two charm packs for a lap size quilt. So I picked out a Bella Solid or two (or three, they’re inexpensive!) to coordinate with this collection (Moda’s Snowbird). Not bad, but it needs a border, so back to buy some yardage from the collection. So much for “just a charm pack!”
Hoping to save on quilting time, I decided on a meandering ribbon pattern. It’s been awhile since I’ve done any free motion quilting and I guess I should have done a little practice first. My ribbons are too far apart and pretty jerky and lumpy. This time it was toooo little.
At this point I’m thinking I’d like to try something different. What if I added strips to make bigger blocks? And how about some sashing, too. That works pretty well and since I was buying fabric anyway, I got some yardage to match this collection, too. This is my favorite anyway – Snowman Frolic. Those snowmen are just too cute!
I found a fairly easy quilting pattern involving wavy lines and circles. It went much better, probably because I was already warmed up from the second quilt. On the borders I did a wide diagonal grid which worked up nice and quick. This one was juuuuust right!
Now I know how Goldilocks felt!
These three quilts are destined to go to my quilt guild’s charity project. I enjoyed making the pinwheels, but I think I’ve done enough for now. Time to get back to something more complex. Hmmm. Maybe some paper piecing.