It's been a crazy few weeks so a crazy amount of different things have wound up being pushed forward in the quilt space. Having finally finished my "Double Delight" mystery top and backing last week (one of the early Bonnie Hunter Quiltville mysteries), it was time to follow through with plans to use up the leftovers. I've been piecing string blocks over the last month for another old Quiltville mystery "Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll" and had already cut up alot of the pinks from "Double D" to add to it:
I had also looked forward to using up the leftover indigo blues from "Double D" and had filed away ideas for other projects and would choose one (or more) depending on how much fabric I wound up having left.
As it turns out, I actually had big enough cuts of the blues to provide the 10" squares needed for "Indigo Weave", a simple lap quilt pattern from McCalls Quilting "America Makes Fast Quilts" special issue (Spring 2013). While it's fun to immerse yourself in the piecing intensive work of a typical Bonnie Hunter design, following it up with a simpler quilt was an appealing idea! However, I only had seven blues left from "Double D" and "Weave" called for twenty-four so the question was, did I have enough in-house to fill that out?
Uh, yes! I was a bit surprised to find that it was no problem because I didn't think I had stashed a lot blue fabrics. The "Double D" leftovers are in the upper left and the rest came from stash (upper right), two "Haven't Started Yet" project stashes (top center and bottom right), an applique fabric stash pack (bottom center) and a few more pieces from the destash giveaway I won from the LA Quilter some years back. Ok, but the pattern also called for neutrals in white, cream, gold and tan. Anything around for that?
The other thing I wanted to get started on in February was a quilt called "Emeralds" from a back issue of Fons & Porter's "Love of Quilting" (Mar/April 2013).
Hmmm, it seems that in addition to a serious addiction right now for Quiltville mysteries, I also have a lot of nostalgia for 2013 and a yen for monochromatic quilts! For some reason, this one always appealed to me and I had realized a while back that it would make a great couch quilt for March in honor of St. Patricks Day. No, I'm not Irish but if it gives me an excuse to make a quilt, I'm happy to join in! For this one, I had always planned to take some of the leftover greens from when I made Bonnie's "En Provence" mystery and then add some other greens from stash to fill out the mix.
So all the cutting of the green stash for those two is all done now. Now I have to go shopping for yardage for one neutral background for the blocks for both the top and back so this project will have to sit awhile until that's accomplished. I wasn't finished with those greens though: I went back to "Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll" because some of what's left from the "Emeralds" session could now go into that mystery project for the greens needed there:
Cutting for one of the parts gave me a chance to make good use of my Stripology Ruler (which I blogged about here) because I needed to cut rectangles and squares of the same fabric. First I cut the strips I needed and then used the ruler to subcut both the squares and the rectangle at the same time:
It should be noted that last year I "kitted" up yet another old Bonnie mystery project called "Tobacco Road" because I had plans to use it as a travel project. That one featured browns culled from -- wait for it -- Bonnie's "On Ringo Lake" mystery (forgive me --- addicted!) so if I have some extra left from that, those too will go in "Cotton Boll" when the time comes.
So a couple of projects got moved up to being added to the sewing queue or in the case of "Emeralds" from the "stash shopping to store shopping" stage. With this cutting session serving as a break from the previous piecing session, now it will be time to get back to finishing up some quilt stitching. I'm heading back to Em's Scrapbag now to see what everyone else has moved up their "To Do List" ladder!