Recently I have been trying to find my next quilt project, the problem is I want to work from my stash, rather than spending more money on fabric. Back in October I had bought this lovely soft flannel fabric: bundles of strips, a couple of packs of 5″ squares and a pack of coordinating fat quarters. I had thought these would be the perfect fabric to make a ‘man quilt’ for my husband.
Woodsy prints in rusts, russet, beige, browns, greens and maroons. It was perfect. Only months later when I finally got around to using it, it was Spring not Fall and I was in the mood for bright and light pastels! “What was I thinking?!” I kept asking myself.
A few months had passed and still I hadn’t felt so much as an ounce of interest in finally picking up this fabric and cutting into it. It was so bad that I even contemplated making a quilt for a homeless person, just to get it out of my house. But hubby insisted that it would make a lovely quilt, so on Sunday, we agreed on a quilt we both like, and I got started.
It is a a row by row sampler quilt, which gives me the opportunity to learn some new blocks and which I can work on a block at a time, whenever I feel the need to put aside my hand quilting on my Granny Squares quilt and get behind my sewing machine.
Well considering how reluctant I was to make this quilt, I have done more work on it this week, than my Granny Squares quilt, which is feeling just a tad neglected.
The first block was a large one: a flag.
Then came the five 8 inch Log Cabin blocks.
I have always loved this traditional block but thought it would be too complicated to make. Luckily it wasn’t and I really enjoyed putting them together. The most difficult thing was trying to choose which fabric to use in each one.
With those done, I am looking forward to learning how to make the next block.