If any of you were paying attention I mentioned I was assembling quilt tops as my leader/ender project during the Orca Bay Mystery. I got three quilt centers together while working on Orca Bay, and I put borders on two of those today.
Here is one of the quilts I got borders on. I like making Indian Hatchet blocks, and I have two more quilts like this in the works. This one is all brights, I have the first border on one in pastels, and I am still assembling the rows of one all in dark colors. These quilts were started in my effort to bust my six inch squares. I have no more six inch squares to use, but not all my quilt tops from that square busting spree are together, and few of those are quilted.
This quilt top is made from leftovers of DD#1's Buckeye Beauty quilt. The pattern is from Kim Brackett's book "Scrap Basket Surprises" and is called Beach Cottage. It was a stretch for me to do such a low contrast quilt.
I have been looking for ways to challenge myself and expand my experiences in quilting. Doing a low contrast quilt was one of my personal challenges. When I made the RRCB mystery quilt, I challenged myself to use an odd color for the background, and I used blue. I've been looking at new free motion designs to try, and I am itching for a quilting spree, but it just hasn't been the right time for that yet.
I am babysitting a lot this week, so little sewing time is available. I chose the outer border fabric for the pastel Indian Hatchet quilt, so I'd like to get that cut and sewn on. I am sewing the last row together on the third Indian Hatchet quilt. If I can get that together that will be great! I have a baby quilt that I have the blocks done, but I still need to cut sashing for it. I chose the sashing fabric already, but haven't even thought about borders on it yet. I can probably find the time to at least cut the sashing. I also am hoping to find the time to go through my quilt top pile, and figure out how many quilts need borders. I'd like to put the ones that need borders out where I can see them, so I can start thinking about what kind of borders I want. Sometimes if I have a quilt out where I can see it when I look up from sewing, I also will also have a fabric from my stash catch my eye as going with it well. I love the way I have my fabric arranged, where I can see it all at a glance!
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