A free day equals lots of sewing time, and I made the most of it. What you see in the photo above are 90 Long Road Home blocks. Nine stacks of ten blocks each. This quilt is a diagonal set, and I plan to get it on the design wall some time today. I need to cut out the setting triangles, but that won't take long.
I always have a few minor complaints about Bonnie Blue quilt patterns (much as I adore their designs). They never tell you how many units or even how many blocks you will end up with. I find that annoying. Yes, I can do the math, or count the blocks on my fingers, but how much trouble or room would it take to just say "Make 90 blocks" or "You should have 180 strip set units". I know, I am being petty, but I like things to be comprehensive.
One surprising thing, that I really did like, was the lack of waste in this quilt. Want to see what I had leftover after making the 90 blocks?
That's it. Now that's economical.
Some of the French General fat quarters I ordered arrived yesterday, so I plan to cut more strips today. These fabrics are mostly from the La Belle Fleur and French General Favorites collections.
I hadn't purchased either one of those groups, so I am happy to have at least gotten some of the reds for my stash. Isn't that little fleur de lis print adorable? Should have gotten a half yard of that!
In other news, have you heard about the Moda Friendship Quilt Along? It is a program sponsored by Moda where 27 designers share a free downloadable 9 inch friendship quilt block. I have been visiting daily and printing out the block patterns for myself. It would be a fun sampler quilt to make, or even a one block quilt (if you could chose a favorite block!). At any rate the block patterns may come in handy some day, and it has been fun visiting the blogs of the various designers I was not so familiar with. Let me just say Edyta Sitar (Laundry Basket Quilts) is incredible. If you aren't familiar with her, check out her blog. Her quilts are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
Added later: Hmmm. Remember when I was cutting out the strips for the Long Road Home project? I was complaining that after cutting out the required number of strips I had a ton of fabric left over? I had forgotten about that. So, what the pattern said to cut out was dead on, but what they said to buy was an over estimate. Unless the kit makers included more fabric....Not sure since I didn't measure the cuts in the kit.