A friend and I made Pat Sloan’s weekly blocks for her Going on a Picnic quilt. It gave us something to look forward to when the blocks came out each Wednesday and we enjoyed exchanging pictures of our blocks. Here’s my finished quilt top, though some of the blocks are NOT what Pat designed. If I didn’t like hers, I just made my own.
Meanwhile, my husband and I decided to lease a house for part-time use near where our grandchildren live. It’s a long story and not about quilting, so I’m not elaborating here. However, it came to mind that the house might not have window coverings. So all my quilt backs got packed to move in case we need temporary “curtains”.
And then I finished the quilt top, now known as “The Elvis Quilt”.
Elvis on The Elvis Quilt
There was no quilt back available, and I wanted to get it to the quilter before the moving van arrived. Therefore, I took all the leftover fabric from the quilt top and combined it with leftover pieces from a gray quilt back, and here it is.
It took all day to do this, with time out for packing, laundry, etc. Now I know why I buy the wide quilt backs. Anyway, a good quilt back is a done quilt back!
As for so many people, I have missed scheduled retreats with my usual group due to COVID. The situation appears set to drag on for a while more, so we decided on a monthly block swap to give us something to look forward to.
We take turns deciding what the block will be. All blocks are made from batiks and all finish 9″ square, but there are no other “rules”. Here are the blocks I’ve made or received so far.Obviously this is going to be more than one quilt. The original rule was make one block for each person each month, but mostly we’ve done 2 for each. And, as you might suspect, the most over-scheduled person in the group made 3 for each last month!
What are you doing to make up for missing your quilt group?
As sometimes happens, I bought a fat quarter bundle of Kaffe fabrics for something else entirely but changed my mind.
If you’ve ever tried making a quilt with fabrics designed by Kaffe Fassett, you know that you have to choose the pattern verrrry carefully if you don’t want a hot mess. The fabrics are beautiful in their own way, but they don’t play very well with traditional patterns or patterns requiring good contrast between pieces. Therefore, I found a pattern written specifically for Kaffe fabrics.
The pattern made a larger quilt than I wanted, so I sorted the blocks into Kaffe 1 and Kaffe 2. Here’s the larger one:
Quilt Name: Kaffe 1
Pattern Source: Free Spirit Fabrics (see link at bottom of post)
Finished Size: 58″ x 70″
Quilted by: Julia Madison
And here’s the smaller one made with “leftovers”:
Quilt name: Kaffe 2
Pattern source: Free Spirit Fabrics (see link below)
Finished size: 48″ x 60″
Quilted by: Julia Madison
It was fun working with those wild fabrics, and the pattern was fairly easy. Here’s the source for the free pattern if you’re interested: Carnival of Color