Thursday, January 29, 2009

SCRAP THERAPY--CHARMING BUDS, cont.

On Sunday I worked on my "Blooming Buds" Scrap Therapy Quilt.
I took my units that looked like this-- And with my trusty Ginger rotary cutter, Olfa square and cutting mat with my friend Gucci keeping close in case I needed his expertise--

I got a pile of trimmings which you see here---

And got a pile of squares you see here---

I then sewed them into strips. Next I made the rows of sashing---and you see these two here----

Later in the week I sewed my strips and sashing together...here is a picture of them lying on the rug in order as I was going to sew them. HOWEVER....I can NEVER keep things in order---and the order got switched around several times. I'd find a print too close to each other and switch.

In the end I think I ended up with maybe one or two of the little cornerstone blocks in the sashing being a little closer than I would like to the matching print triangle in the row of blocks...but don't tell the Quilt Police!!!
Monday night I went to a meeting/class and there I sewed my last row in the middle joining the top and bottom units. Cut my borders. I did put the bottom border on and one of the sides borders on...I think the right side one. She taught us her way of doing the miter...NOW I hope I can remember how I did it. I've had the three grandbaby girls this week and tomorrow. I'm hoping that Saturday or Sunday I'll get the rest of the border and mitered corners completed and I'll post a picture of the finished top once I get it done.
No one on this green earth knows when I'll start quilting it. Think I'll machine quilt it on my sewing machine. I normally prefer to hand quilt. But really don't feel like getting the frame down from the attic over the garage, through the house, upstairs to large bedroom and set it up for a throw size quilt. Queen or King OK but not a throw size one. The border and the backing are going to be the same print. Floral on Black background. I may need to pick up a package of batting....I'm not sure I have the one I want to use in it on hand.
Monday night I signed up for two more classes in March on Monday nights. One is one night and the other will be three nights. I bought fabric to do two quilts for the class that is one night. Since that is the week we are planning to go to Lancaster, PA---weather permitting and also when DD can get off to go with us and her DH can get off to take care of the three grandbaby girls and the three kitties and two doggies. But, that one should be a breeze so I at least have the pattern to do it. The other one is much much larger and I do want to attend those classes/meetings and also the fourth night for a cutting swap.

9 comments:

Laurie said...

I LOVE this quilt, Elaine, and your cat! Your work is beautiful!
Laurie

Mary said...

This is very cute! That's the challenge with scrap quilts isn't it...to get the blocks distributed. I spend less time these days moving things around because somehow no matter how much I fiddle with it something always ends up where I didn't intend it. In the end, the quilts look great so I don't worry too much about it.

Barb said...

wow....that is truly wonderful...thanks for the tips on the giveaways and for visiting my blog.

scrappy quilter said...

What a great quilt. I love the colors and how they all came together. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Kim said...

stunning colors.
Gucci is a cutie.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Millie said...

Elaine, thank you so much for the instructions to this beautiful quilt. I am going to book mark this page and put the pattern on my quilt wish lists. The quilt is gorgeous.

belinda said...

Hi Elaine.....I'm crazy for this quilt.......cute kitty too!

Lisa A said...

This is great! I love how the scraps all pop with the black.

Lisa A said...

This looks great! I love it with the black.