When I was making cushions before Christmas, I was rummaging in my box of quilt wadding, looking for cushion-sized pieces. In this huge box of quilt wadding, I did not have any pieces big enough. I had to zig-zag wadding together, even for something as small as a cushion!
I realised it was time for a quilt-as-you-go project to use up the small bits I had been saving.
Without thinking, I knew I wanted to make an ABC quilt using blocks from Kumiko Fujita’s Patchwork Patterns 318.
I have chosen most of the blocks I want to make and enlarged them on the local office-supply store’s photocopier. I am a bit stumped about what to do for J and X, but I will cross those bridges when I need to.
I have no plan or colour scheme. I just grab a block pattern and fabrics from my stash as the whim takes me.
Here is my progress so far.
The button eyes are all just pinned on at the moment, and I have not done any quilting yet.
I am glad I started with the letter A, as I almost forgot about the need to trace mirror images when paper piecing. I have been sewing too many symmetrical blocks where such things do not matter. After that near miss, I will remember and avoid a back-to-front B.
I think I need to add orange portholes to the boat to go with the flag, and I am not sure about my background fabric choices for the ice-cream. I chose a medium fabric as I was worried about the yellow ice-cream cone not showing up on a really pale background. Now it is all a bit uniformly mid-tone. Oh well.
I am chuffed to bits with the purple elephant, even though it was horribly fiddly to make.
My next block might be a zebra, thanks to a very lucky zebra-print fabric purchase (on sale!) this week. After all, without the stripes, it would just be a horse.