Sunday, March 07, 2010

When I started this baby quilt thing, I was afraid I'd run quickly through my mental list of projects and then quit out of boredom. So far, though, I'm thinking up quilts faster than I can make them.

Today's quilt started with an applique block I found up in the sewing room. I'd swear I never saw it before, but it was in a box from Costco and I know the fabric didn't enter this house in that box.

Maybe I saw it and it didn't register because I didn't know what to do with one applique cat. (That doesn't explain the three neat lantern blocks I found along with it -- those would've caught my attention no matter what I was currently working on.)

When I found the cat yesterday, it was obvious what to do with her -- piece a border of 2 1/2" squares. And there happened to be a big hunk of folded fabric in the kitchen that was an almost perfect match for the background of the applique block, so I got to choose between a narrow border surrounded by more scraps, or a wide border and a scrappy binding.

Then it was time to decide what to back it with. I've got enough of the solid blue, but I didn't want to use it all up on this quilt, not when I've got another one in mind that needs it. Then I thought about using the mile or so of bright yellow calico that's been taunting me. But that would take up all of the yellow, and I want a little left for other it's going to be a four-patch backing, half blue and half yellow calico. Which will back the quilt and leave me enough to play with later.

Shortly after I got that all worked out, Alex came through and tried to claim that the solid blue was hers. It didn't work.


Rhonda said...

Finding a block or several you swear you've never seen or can't remember when or why you made it.....been there, done that and still can't remember but I did use it.
Great post, BTW! Take care.

Helen in the UK said...

Cat quilt is cute! Sounds like a perfect compromise on the backing :)

Cheri said...

I love this quilt and i like the way you think. I identify with it!


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