This week I have an update for 4 different projects. How is that for multi-tasking? Let me tell you, it is kind of over whelming for me… but at the same time it is fun and gratifying to see progress (even small progress) on each project.
1. Cocoa Leaf Drum Lamp Inspired Queen Sized Quilt
Things have progressed along quite nicely since the last time I shared information about the Cocoa Leaf quilt design. The background color was selected (Kona Cream) and it was agreed that the background color will also be used for the quilt backing. I was able to visit with my customers in their bedroom and talk about how they would like the quilt to drape on their bed. With my handy tailor’s tape measure, I was able to determine the finished size for the quilt. Assuming a 9% shrinkage (we agreed it would be better for the quilt to be larger than smaller of their mark), I will be making the top 100 inches wide by 120 inches long. I have re-sized the border leaves and placed them to provide the most visual interest when the quilt is draped over the side of the bed. The medallion is now positioned in the correct location so that it will be centered on the bed just below the pillow tuck or fold. I plan to make the fabric order for this quilt in the next week.
2. Pretty Secretive Queen Sized Quilt
I have put in just over 8 hours of piecing for this project. The first series of blocks came together quickly: I was able to make twenty-one 15.5 inch square blocks in 4.5 hours. I only need to use nineteen of those in the final design, so I will be able to audition the blocks when I make the final layout to see what will work best. I need to make nineteen more 15.5 inch square blocks and one large 30.5 inch square block, and I expect these last twenty blocks to take an hour (or more) to piece each. If you are curious, I have been sharing some “sneak peak” views of the piecing in my Instagram account.
3. Tessellated Leaves Queen Sized Quilt
The fabric for Tessellated Leaves arrived yesterday! I will probably start cutting into the fabric next week. The most important part of the package is the box, however. It provided some great entertainment for my cat for a few minutes. 🙂
4. Fall Placemats
I started working on a set of 6 Fall Placemats on Monday. I have made 144 Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and assembled the tops. Today I will be quilting, and I hope that Thursday I will bind them so that I will have them complete for TGIFF! I love how the fabrics my friend selected are working together. I will be using more of the dark green/maroon batik for the backing and binding, which I think is really going to frame these out nicely.
Coloring to De-Stress
In closing, I want to point out a very interesting article about coloring that was shared with me by a friend who works as an art therapist. Her formal research and personal practice agrees that coloring is good for the mind and a great tool for stress relief. Which made me think about quilt design and color selection for quilts and all kinds of associated topics surrounding quilting. I think a much larger theme could emerge on the connections between quilting / crafting and this topic, but I will save that for another day. I hope you find the article as interesting as I did. Now I think I will to go find my big box of crayons…