My Sewing Buddy sent me a bag of scraps from Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley line. Everyone should know how much I love DS by now--her fabrics, her books, herself--so this gift made me ecstatic. Because the fabrics had originally been used in a log cabin quilt, there were some odd shapes and sizes. I had to be creative in how to use them, though I did know I wanted to use them ASAP. I ran out to Barnes & Noble, bought the Farmer's Wife book, and got started.
I've wanted a mini quilt for my cubicle, so I chose nine blocks and used a white background (as always). I knew Hope Valley would make me happy every time I saw it, even while working!
The blocks are small, as I said, and use templates for all the piecing. Some of the templates are so ridiculously teeny--that led to a lot of odd cuts from my rotary blade. You can also see that my piecing isn't perfect, and I was perhaps a bit too trim-happy with some of the blocks. But, as I'm the only quilter at work, no one is going to notice.
I free-motion quilted in lots of loops, which was mostly just fun! I wanted to try something new. I should've changed my needle for it--dang.
I backed the mini-quilt in Hope Valley that I used for Modern Maples, and bound it in a DS Quilts print (also used in my Modern Maples). I added little loops at the top to hang it in my cubicle. Genius, right? I'm going to get a patent. (Just kidding, I'm 100% sure I'm the last person in the world to think of this.)
The mini-quilt matches the Denyse Schmidt mug rugs my buddy made me, so my cubicle is extremely coordinated. I love it!
In other news, I started another baby quilt! For those of you counting, that's...five? Is that right? All for babies I know, or mothers I know. That's crazy, right? 2012 and 2013 have been very fertile years. Be careful out there, kids.
I'll have more information and pictures when it's done, but I decided to use Timber & Leaf for this new baby girl. I'm waiting on two more fat quarters to arrive, but so far I love it. I hope she does too!