After putting the last stitch into my Atoms and Oranges quilt, I dove right into the next project already sitting on my to-do list. (A very strange occurrence!) Working with only calm tones is a bit of a challenge for me, but I want to see what I can do completely outside of my normal rainbow color range!
When approaching the end of Atoms and Oranges, I wasn't sure how I wanted to set up the last few circles for quilting. I've had mixed results clearing my fabric of various types of chalk and pencil marks; especially the colored marks, which I would have needed to use on the white sashing. I thought about how I had used masking tape to line up the corners of the diamonds and wondered whether I might be able to do something similar here. And then it hit me: what is a lint roller except a big wide piece of masking tape?
So I carefully peeled a sheet off of a lint roller, lightly traced my circle onto the back of it (trying to avoid sticking it to my cutting mat), cut the sheet along my traced line (occasionally stopping to remove tape from my scissors), and stuck that bad boy right at the first sashing crossroads. It worked like a charm!
With this little trick in my pocket I cruised right through the last bit of quilting, and am now pleased to present a finished Atoms and Oranges!
All of the pretty fabrics cut last week have been stitched into a small Round by Round block. These little friendship stars are now winging their way into four new sewing rooms and I'll get to see them again in April! I can't wait to see what they grow into!
Block is 12.25" unfinished.
Despite trying so hard to be accurate with my seam allowances, the middle of the block finished up larger than it was supposed to. It was refactored easily enough by making the long grey rectangles on the top and bottom a little longer. I was dis-inclined to take all of those seams apart and try to rescale the block!
This week, in addition to continuing my slow and steady work on Atoms and Oranges, I've been cutting fabric for a new 12 inch block. I've been wanting to do a round robin for some time, and when I tried out the local quilt guild in September and they were doing sign-ups for a round robin... It seemed like the perfect opportunity, so I jumped right in.
With a plan in mind, I first snuck a small square out of some colorful bubbles that I've been saving. Then I searched my stash for a good background fabric. I liked these feathers so much that I'm hoping someone out there can help me identify it. (Because of course the piece I have didn't have a printed selvage!) I think it would go well in the large bubble quilt I have planned, if it's still available.
I've been adding stitching close to the ditch on the Atoms and Oranges churn dashes. Six large diamonds will be formed where four blocks come together, and these areas will recieve more quilting when all the straight lines are done. For now I'm just enjoying the secondary pattern they make.
When last I posted, this quilt was bound for borders. Then I laid out some fabrics... and then laid out some more fabrics... but this stubborn quilt vetoed every last one. So finally I let it have it's way and I pinned it up without adding any borders.
Needle and thread were set to it almost immediately. I've missed having a handwork project very much!