I finished the top of my April humidicrib quilt in April, but I had a bit of a setback when I started to quilt it. I sewed about four straight lines before deciding that straight-line quilting was not working. I then shoved it in a drawer and waited for the mood to unpick to strike me. I do not know about you, but the mood to unpick rarely strikes here!
When I finally unpicked the quilting I hated and started again, I looked on Pinterest and found a paw design, which I mixed in with some filler swirls.
April’s quilt is made using one of the Fat Quarter Shop’s Snapshots Quilt-Along patterns. I added the bone and the bowl from a block by Kumiko Fujita.
For May, I felt inspired to set myself another scrap box challenge. I decided to transform the offcuts from the border I made for Rebecca into a tiny quilt to donate. Because of the size and shape of the offcuts, mostly triangles cut from 2½-inch strips, half-square triangles seemed to be the natural fit.
I started sewing together the scraps and making little triangles, adding a piece of leftover backing fabric, a text print. If I were to make this sort of design again, I probably would not use the text print as I feel everything is lost in its busyness, but it was in my scrap box and so I used it.
After piecing and trimming a few triangles, the following thoughts started to cross my mind:
- Oh my goodness. How many will I need? I am going to have to square all of these up!
- What was I thinking? These are tiny!
- Who thought using up scraps to make a mini could take so long?
- Am I saving fabric or wasting time?
- I do not think I like half-square triangles any longer.
But I worked my way past that and survived. In total, I have 336 half-square triangles and eight squares, all in a baby quilt that is 16 x 24 inches.
If nothing else, it did use up all those scraps!
This project seemed like the perfect opportunity to practise free-motion quilting. It is so very busy, no one will notice my mistakes. I tried a random Baptist fan design: something with curves to balance all those triangles and points. I am quite happy with it. My stitch length needs work, but I am getting more confident about free-motion quilting small things. Free-motion quilting a big quilt still scares the living daylights out of me.
I am so happy that I do not have to label or name the little quilts that go to the hospital. What would I call this quilt: the one that make your eyes cross?
I am a little behind on my goal of one humidicrib quilt each month, but only a little, and I know I can and will catch up.