I'm so thrilled to have received my Ocean Waves Batiks fat quarters a few days ago! I fell in love, again, with the collection after opening the package. They are beautiful! I've been searching the internet and books, including 5,500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone, for a quilt pattern using these fabrics. I want to use a block design that makes the fabric appear to be moving...like a wave. I came across the Snail's Trail and the Journey to California blocks.
|Snail's Trail Block from About.com|
I've been cutting up my scraps for several days so I had a bunch right in front of me to experiment with. I used 8 blue squares and 2 off-white squares plus 5 half square triangles. The block that ends the wave was the hardest for me to figure out. I haven't made anything like this square before. Here is my sketch on graph paper (drawing on graph paper makes me a real quilter now huh?):
I'm not sure what this "special" square is called, or even if it a real design. Basically, it's a blue triangle sewed to two smaller, one blue and one off-white, triangles. I decided on a 16 patch block. It measures at 14 inches completed. I think I'll stick with this size, but now I need to decide the design for the overall quilt. I have 12 batik fat quarters to work with and have purchased a white on white solid to use as well. Any ideas?
I mentioned earlier that I have been cutting up my scraps for the past several days. I started this project while cleaning up and cleaning out my sewing room, AKA my studio. My fabric stash was so disorganized! I'm not nearly finished, but I did come across some fabric I forgot I had. Before I knew what a charm pack was, a friend gave me one. It is called, Wildflower Serenade. It's from Moda. I decided to use up these charms to make a table topper for my friend who gave me the fabric.
I made the center heart applique using cut up charms and fusible web. I "quilted" the heart with off-white thread. I quilted the rest of the piece with clear thread. I had several four patches leftover, so I made a hooped wall hanging to match. I bought the wooden hoop for $1.00!
I hope everyone is enjoying the beginnings of summer! I have several sewing projects in the works, including a couple of vintage dresses for my oldest daughter, a blouse for me, and more skirts for my littlest daughter. I'm also going to tackle a baby Jon Jon for my cousin's newest little one! I cannot wait to start on my Waves Quilt! I am thinking that project will go to the top of my list!