Greetings dear readers! As of October 17th I had no idea what I would do for my monthly mini or even if I would get one done during this busy month. It was the second day of the Cocheco show and I was browsing the vendors, one of whom had a selection of precuts. It occurred to me that with square pieces already cut I could potentially make something pretty quickly so I purchased 3 mini charm packs – 2 1/2 inch squares – of these black, white/cream, and tan fabrics:
I bought 3 packs since I wasn’t sure what I’d make and wanted to be sure I had enough. The next day I laid the different pieces out to see what I had:
I quickly decided to use the squares ”as is” and not cut them up into smaller pieces. The idea was to keep it simple and quick! So I started arranging 9 patches, varying the location of the lights and darks:
Then I decided I needed to add a little bit of color. I looked at cheddar, but decided red was better!😊:
And here is my mini, called ”Square Deal”. It’s about 16.5 inches square:
To liven up the squares, I found the ”circle” fabric in my stash and appliqued smaller squares inside 2 light squares in each of the four 9 patches and also used it for a narrow border:
I separated the 4 nine patches with narrow red sashing:
For more pops of color, I embroidered a line of red between the center and the narrow first border and added another red border. I found another fabric in my stash for the binding:
I also found a perfect fabric in my stash for the backing and used my black batting again:
The piece is machine quilted – simple outlines and straight lines in the borders:
The quilt was easy and fun to do and finished days ahead of the deadline. Best of all, I actually like it!
My very busy month included what has become my annual pilgrimage to Cyndi Black’s shop, ”Busy Thimble” in Lichtfield, Maine where I meet Cyndi and Wendy Reed (The Constant Quilter blog) for lunch and shopping.
Wendy brought her completed blocks for her ”tile” quilt, each piece with a bird in the center and a different toile fabric on the back. See her blog for photos; it’s going to be a spectacular quilt! The shop is loaded with Cyndi’s fabulous small quilts:
It was wonderful to visit with friends and talk quilts. Cyndi’s shop is a mecca for lovers of reproduction fabrics and the 2 hour drive for me is well worth it! Of course, I bought some fabric, but forgot to take a photo – maybe next post.
Before I forget, I want to share 2 items I treated myself to at our quilt show:
On the right is a beautiful hand turned wooden awl with a nice little plastic sleeve for the tip. I’ve been using it to turn the edges for leaves for Maple Leaf Rag and it works really well and feels great in my hand! A few years ago when I gave my granddaughter Svetlana a sewing machine for Christmas, I also gave her one of my smaller cutting boards, a rotary cutter, and my one and only 3 inch by 18 inch ruler. I’ve noticed that I really miss that size ruler and have been wanting to replace it for some time. This Quilters Select 3×18 ruler was available so I got it and I have fallen in love with it! This is my first time buying this brand and I love how it grabs onto the fabric and doesn’t slip. I may just have to eventually replace a couple more basic size rulers with this brand.
The quilt exhibit at the Boston MFA made the cover of the arts section of the Boston Globe recently:
It was a fabulous review! I love, love, love that quilts seem to be more appreciated and accepted as ”real art” these days and I really hope that continues! I promise many more photos from this exhibit in upcoming posts!
Be sure to visit Wendy’s blog, The Constant Quilter, to see links to all the monthly minis!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi