I am catching up on my humidicrib quilts. I have sewn quilt tops for June and July. By next month, I might be up-to-date or even ahead of my self-imposed schedule.
I have been planning to sew the castle pattern by Blossom Heart Quilts for a while. The hardest part was choosing fabrics from my stash. I knew I wanted to fussy cut from the Aneela Hoey print for the windows and use the fairy-tale text print for the roofs, but finding three colours that toned well and were not covered in overpowering spots, stripes or flowers, taking away from the castle effect, was almost impossible in my stash. It almost ended up as a green castle, but some recent purchases opened up a whole world of aqua and teal. I had wanted to use a cute cloud or rain print in the background, but it meant I lost contrast and definition between sky and castle; the whole quilt started to blend into the same sorts of tones, so I scrapped that plan.
The humidicrib quilts I donate to the hospital must be a certain size: 16 x 24 inches. To make the 18 x 24 inch pattern fit, I printed the pattern at 90 per cent and added a little extra fabric to the top.
When I saw the Fat Quarter Shop had released a free panda mini quilt pattern, I knew it had to be on the humidicrib list. Here, to make the 15 x 16 inch base block work, I sewed more bamboo. Pandas eat a lot of bamboo so they can never have too much.
As much as I love Gnome Angel’s Pandy Warhol concept, my interpretation had to be black and white in honour of Big Ted, my first teddy bear, given to me the day I was born. Big Ted might make an appearance in a later photo-shoot when I finish the quilt.
I still have to quilt them, but that can wait until August. I might put my darning foot on and quilt a few tiny quilts in a row. This decision has nothing to do with the fact that I am doing dry July (no alcohol for a month) and have in the past suspected that my free-motion quilting improves after a glass of wine. Or I notice the mistakes less. One of the two.
My design wall was such a happy and whimsical place for a few days.