Before December I had a mini brainwave to make my MIL a cushion for Christmas and then follow that up with a quilt for a special birthday she has later this summer. So, in the interests of not leaving this all to the last minute, I planned to make a start by finishing one quilt block this month, and hopefully follow that up with a few blocks each month.
When I pulled out the fabrics we had set aside for the quilt (DS chose these for his Nanny), to be honest I wasn't sure where to start. I dithered and dithered and then realised I was afraid to cut the wrong piece of fabric in case that left me short for borders and bindings etc. So it seemed that a little bit of advance planning should be undertaken.
|Borders and binding strips prepped and remaining fabrics are now game for block making.|
I did some quick quilty maths and compared what I needed with the fabric quantities on hand. Some zippy rotary cutting later, I have all the borders and binding ready before I even finished a block! I know it seems a bit back to front, but I am so much happier knowing that my finishing fabrics are protected and I won't find myself needing to order more for borders and binding because I cut into something I shouldn't have for the sampler blocks. (Watching the unnecessary fabric spend this year!)
|Antique Tile block|
|Amish Diamond Block|
I hadn't planned a second block for this quilt for January, but I got a little excited about being back in front of the sewing machine proper since feeling so unwell over Christmas, and I unearthed another tutorial I had spotted on the Modify Tradition site. This one is the Amish Diamond block. Doesn't it look great? I am really happy with this little block and was surprised that it was so much easier than I had expected. The centre of the block is the only "tricky" part really, but it's just like making a giant siggy block with two extra corners. Once you have that sorted, the rest is wee buns! Hey presto, a second pretty block for MIL's quilt.
Off to a sparkling start with this one. Now I've got a few weeks to decide on another block or two for next month's additions!