or could these pass for propellers?
Though I have been sewing as long as I’m been knitting, I still don’t feel comfortable with precision patchwork. Half-square triangles to be specific. It’s all about sewing on the bias or any angle that could stretch out of kilter.
So I decided to make the windmill block for my grandson’s airplane quilt symbolizing a propeller rather than half-square triangles using this tutorial. This block still involves an angle but doesn’t have to be spot on with precision points.
Once all the blocks are sewn together, deciding on their placement will be the next challenge.
2020 is here and I hope it brings you much happiness, joy, and good health!
I have a new sewing project: a quilt for our soon-to-be seven-year-old grandson.
When I was visiting him in November, I noticed that the quilt he was using was starting to fall apart. He loves airplanes and his favorite color is green. This fabric was perfect for the backing! I purchased backing fabric and blue fat quarters several years ago and there they sat.
Going through my fabric stash, I found several greens that would play well together with the blues. Solid white will round out the color scheme.
The quilt front will be blues, greens, and white. The backing fabric will tie it all together.
Les Monsieurs by Tamara Kate for Michael Miller Fabrics #DC6095
Knitting projects are still hanging in there. More about them soon.
What are you working on?
My aunt had a milestone birthday last month and I sent her a goodie box filled with fruits, muffins, breads, and a special handmade gift.
Her iPad has a factory Smart Cover to protect it but when she takes it out of the house she doesn’t have any way to carry it except in a way-too-large tote bag.
And since I am on this sewing and quilting kick, I sewed and quilted one for her.
In red and purple.
Two of her favorite colors.
With a bit of pink since that was what I had in my stash.
The darker red is actually part of a skirt I had that I ripped apart.
The closure is actually two buttons sewn on together.
The strap is padded with a couple of layers of quilt batting as most tablets have a bit of weight to them and I wanted it comfortable enough to carry over a wrist or in the hand.
It’s just machine quilted in a grid.
Lined with red cotton and light blue flannel (because that’s what I had).
I schootched the lining out a bit before I top stitched around the edge so it almost looks like piping.
To be totally truthful…this is the second one I made for her. The first one fit my iPad but not hers as her Smart Cover adds an inch or so to the overall size. My sister took the smaller one for her tablet so it all worked out.
Inspiration struck me at my local Lowe’s store last week. I stopped in my tracks when I saw these huge posters of snowflakes.
Not just any snowflakes.
Huge, colorful snowflakes.
Huge, colorful snowflakes that could become a quilt.
Another customer saw me snapping these pictures with my phone and looked at me like I was wacky. But that stop me from explaining how I saw the snowflakes as possible patchwork quilts.
After looking at them for a few seconds, he agreed with me. And walked away rather quickly.
Inspiration in an unusual place.
Have you been inspired by anything unusual?