Friday, May 28, 2010

Nautical and Nice Four Patch & Nostalgia Honey Bars

I have two new works in progress this week.

The first one is a framed four patch made with Kona solids and a charm pack of Nautical and Nice by Sandy Gervais for Moda. When I first opened up this charm pack, I thought to make it a chinese coins quilt, but something about it called for a four patch with colorful sashing around each block.

I am going to add some borders before quilting it. It will be a baby or toddler quilt. This weekend I plan to find some coordinating fabric for borders and backing when I take Conner to the big city for his grooming appointment.

The other baby quilt is inspired by a Denyse Schmidt pattern from her book, Denyse Schmidt Quilts. Her Hop, Skip and a Jump quilt found on page 116 is made with red and white fabrics. ( I love this one and fully intend to make one for myself using red and white.)

My baby/toddler version is made with part of a honeybun in the Nostalgia line by April Cornell for Moda and some solid cottons in pink and blue.

Of course, I did not follow Denyse's methods of making templates and cutting pieces to size before sewing. I tore strips of the solid yardages in different widths and then cut them to 22 inches. I cut each honey bun strip in half, jumbled them up on the table with the strips and started sewing them together.
After piecing together strips to get the width I wanted for this baby quilt, I decided that 22 inches for each panel was too long. So I cut them in two parts, flipped them around and sewed the panels back together. This one was so improv that I did not even use the rotary cutter until it was time to square up the edges tonight before snapping these pictures.

I plan to add a border to this one as well before quilting, maybe with the darker pink. The binding will probably be extra strips from the honeybun.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend, folks!

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