|Rainbow Sonja's Windows; 64" x 84"|
My least favorite part of quilting is pin basting the tops, getting the "sandwich" ready to quilt. I don't have a dedicated room for my quilting, so when I baste the quilts, I set up two 30" x 72" work tables side by side in my living room, on PVC "risers" to make them a good height. (I'm tall.)
The 60" x 72" total table space means I usually only move a quilt once to get it all pinned. My tub of pins, the roll of masking tape, and my grapefruit spool (to brace the pins for closing) will be busy this weekend.
|closeup of Sonja's Window blocks|
In January I wrote about making Sonja's Windows blocks. I tried variations, and my favorites were blocks with just one color -- using only reds together, only greens together, etc. Last weekend I finished enough 18" single-color blocks for a quilt. Sashing strips between these blocks are VERY important. Each block has 72" of bias edge, and the sashing keeps the edges stabilized and the blocks accurately sized.
|Wanderer's Path share quilt; 64 x 84"|
The top is done, and I've made a dent in my scraps. Hurrah!
The older UFO was a pile of brown, gold, tan, and green blocks and parts from 2008, leftovers from a retirement quilt for a coworker. I had enough parts to make this 9 x 12 block layout of the 7" Wanderer's Path blocks. (I prefer that name, rather than Drunkard's Path.)
I let my daughters arrange the blocks for me, any way they wanted, and this is what they did with what they were given.
I found a nearly full bolt of a green Asian print fabric, and that will be used for the 3 or 3-1/2" border and the backing. I'll probably use a dark brown for binding.
Have a great weekend.