With this post, I'm now up to the May projects! As I was working on my friend's mug rug last month (see the previous post here), I got an email from Piecing the Past Quilts about their monthly mini quilt kits. I have been following their free Civil War reproduction Block of the Week programs "Peace and Healing" (which will be ending this month) and "Rest and Refreshing" (which just started this month and runs until September). As soon as I saw the blue and white basket quilt kit, I knew it would be just the thing to swap out with my little "Tucker" wall hanging for Spring decoration.
Initially I held off getting it because as I said in my last post, I REALLY don't need any more project stash. Yeah, that held until I saw these:
You may know Michelle Foster from the Quilting Gallery blog or from her Aiming for Accuracy pattern series. Well now she is also selling buttons and other embellishments online at "I Love Buttons, Ect.". I admit my Quilters ADD has me wanting to do more embellishing of my quilts and I have seen a lot of cute quilts that had added buttons for that purpose. When I saw the flower buttons, the Basket Mini immediately popped back into my head (a perfect vessel for flowers!) and it wasn't too long after that that the kit and the buttons popped into their respective online shopping carts!!
Of course I justified it by thinking that it being a mini and good for some Spring decorating made it totally acceptable to get them! Actually, the only true justification will be to finish this one up quick, put it up for display and move on back to the other things I'm SUPPOSED to be working on!!
So right now I'm here:
I have to finish piecing the pieced corner setting units and then I can finish putting the top together. I also think I may try to "age" the buttons a bit -- they're very bright against the repro fabric palette. The quilt kit comes with enough fabric for the top, binding and the solid cream fabric is for the backing. Oh, and it all came in a great little vinyl zippered storage pouch which you'll see later turned out to be very fitting!
However, I was cleaning out my email box recently and happened across an old Quilters Newsletter post about Pam Rocco's "Kuba Carpet" quilt project:
The rails in her blocks reminded of the sashing in the mini and I liked the idea of maybe doing that for a pieced back. So I'll be working on this little project for at least the rest of this week. I'll check back in when it's done -- I promise that will be before June!
Also as my "leader/ender" project while working on the mini, I've been making more Bonnie Hunter "Scrappy Trips" blocks.
Up until now I had kept my finished blocks in a storage box with the strips, leftover pieces and ideas for other quilts to make from all the strip leftovers.
It was getting a little crowded for all that AND the blocks so I looked around for something separate to put the blocks into. Then I remembered something else -- I have a stash of vinyl from making covers for the cooler we keep on our terrace (long story for another time). Back in February or March, I had pulled out all the vinyl scraps with the idea of making some storage bags. I have a great "Work In Progress Bags" pattern by Amanda Jean Nyberg -- more famously known as "Crazy Mom Quilts" -- that I had downloaded from Connecting Threads back in 2015 (and she now sells the pattern through Craftsy). I matched up the vinyl leftovers with different sized zippers from my stash (so I can make a few different size bags) and had set them under my cutting table for an "In Between" project. Well once again, the QADD set in and despite being in the middle of the basket quilt project and the Trips blocks, I decided to try whipping one up!
Fortunately, this made up in an evening! What was cool was that the zipper I had set aside for this is an old metal one that is from my grandmother's sewing box back when I had incorporated her stuff into my stash. The package says it was 45 cents back in the day -- you know that's an old zipper but it still works!!