As if I didn't have quite enough going on right now, I have started a couple of new projects. My daughter Sara wanted to make a quilt for a special friend, so we browsed through my quilting books to come up with a design idea. I hadn't used Kim Brackett's Scrap Basket Surprises book for awhile, and I'll be darned if we didn't find something just perfect in it. You may have this book on your bookshelf too, and I think it warrants a new look if it's been awhile since you browsed through it. Some wonderful patterns are in that book.
The pattern we chose is called Past and Present, and calls for jelly roll strips. I didn't have any jelly rolls on hand in the color scheme her friend requested, but I did have a fat eighth bundle of Sweet Pea by Kansas Troubles that was just the ticket. This friend has kind of a country vibe to his house and these rich colors should work very nicely.
Putting the fabrics together for each block is quite fun. As you can see, each block consists of four units. Sewing the units together is a bit fiddly, as you have to take care to line up all those intersections where the contrasting fabrics come together. "A little bit off" just won't cut it, and is very noticeable.
And after searching the house upside and down for my Valentine's table topper I could swear I made a year or so ago, I started this one. The Queen of Pink, my grand daughter Eva, is very taken with these fabrics. She had been clutching one of them to her chest all week saying "Nana will make me a dress". Well, no dress, but how about a table topper? As you see in the photo I am using a Miss Rosie Little Bites pattern called Speck.
The blocks form little Xs, but when you sew them together, it looks like Os. Cute, isn't it? Don't know if it will be a finish by Saturday, but I will try. The finished size will be quite small, as the blocks are only 4 inches square.