Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Blue (and Pink)

So, here I am at my sadly neglected little blog, but that's all right.  As much as I love sewing and making pouches, quilts, and other little gifts, I can only make so many without the house being overrun with patchwork.  At this point, everyone in the family has received a quilt, and many friends have too.  But, with much joy, another baby has been born who "needs" a quilt! A best beloved niece has had a beautiful little girl so I've been foot to the pedal for a few days now.

My niece loves blue, so I decided on a blue colour scheme with pops of pink.  I bought a Bluebird fat quarter bundle of Cotton and Steel and got right to it.  I spent time calculating how many squares I could get from each fat quarter length and started cutting.  But I was not pleased when I realized that some of the fabrics had the modern giant selvedge--a full inch of it!

I know that some quilters cut very large strips with the selvedge and use them in creative ways, but I can't help but feel a bit gypped.  I was unable to get five squares from each length with the large edge so had to cut into more fabric.  Not nice!

I went with a simple cross block and used Carkai for the white with the bluebird bundle. I didn't want to repeat any fabrics so used some of the blues from my stash as well.

For the pops of pink, I had some long-hoarded lengths of the original Mendocino by Heather Ross.  I still love it and might have to buy some of the newly released fabric.

The quilt is sandwich is ready for quilting and will be delivered this weekend.  I better get to it!

We spent two months in New Zealand again this winter and had a delightful time.  It's awfully hard to go from this

to spring in Canada, but at least this year there was no snow when we returned two weeks ago.  To be fair, Easter weekend was beautiful and we rummaged around in the basement and found our kites. We managed to persuade our son to leave his studying and come out and play with us. It brought back so many memories of when the kids were little. How can anyone resist a kite against a blue sky like that.


  1. Simple cross blocks with pops of pink - I am in love :-)
    Congratulations on the new addition to your family and I am sure the quilt will be wonderful!!!
    More pictures, please.

  2. Pretty combination of blue and pink...just a little pink!

  3. House overrun with patchwork. Yep. I can relate to that.
    The blue with pops of pink combination is perfect!