I pulled out a blue floral print as I was trying to clean out some fabrics. I just happened to see another blue, and a yellow fat quarter at the same time. I want to sew up more charity quilts, so this looked like a good combination. But, because I am deep into doing the work on other projects, this one needed to be simple and quick. No triangles this time!
I started with cutting the blue and yellow fabrics into 3-1/2 inch strips, and sewing those in pairs. Cross cut into 3-1/2 inch units.
I sewed those into four patches.
Then I cut the blue floral into 6-1/2 inch squares and sewed one to each four-patch. Make sure all your units are identical, it is important to the overall design. I made sure I had a yellow square on the top of each unit.
Press towards the larger square. Sew two units together to make a strip of four blocks.
Alternating the orientation, the seams nest on the larger square.
Alternating the orientation of the rows, gives me a checkerboard setting. The yellow squares run diagonally one way while the blue ones go the other way, creating some movement in the design.
For borders, I added a one inch border of dark green first to set the piecing apart from the borders. I only had enough of the blue for one 2-inch border, and not enough of the blue print as I would want the next border to be 3 inches wide. So, I’ll use the blue print as binding.
I loaded it on the longarm and quilted half of one row of cute bows. Then the machine locked up. Seriously locked up. Something is really wrong. Unfortunately, Randy was out on vacation last week when this happened. So, with any luck, maybe I can get with him this week and get sewing again. I have a Moda Bake Shop quilt I need to get on the frame soon to have it ready for the August publication date. I am soooooo glad I started that one early!
Update – it is finished, see the completion HERE.
So, what are you working on now?