The plan for this first break was to piece two single bed quilts for twin great nephew and niece. I only had to purchase the blue star fabric for the flag quilt, the rest came from stash and I thought I had the required pieces cut for Daniel's quilt, but after they were sewn..........
and trimmed, there were only twenty, not nearly enough for a bed sized quilt, it needs at least another 10-15!
So far this measures about 50x60" and even with borders it wouldn't be big enough to suit me- but it does look rather smashing so far, don't you think? Problem is that there's no more of the red fabrics up here in CO- rather aggravating really, I don't like leaving things half done, but I was forced to move on to the next project.
Emily's quilt. It only took me two days to construct and the top was all laid out neatly when Button decided to check give it the once-over.......
so it looks all rumpled! In this case I'm happy with the size as is, 80x96" is adequate for a single bed without the addition of borders, I'll just quilt and bind it.
It's called Pleaides or The Seven Sisters, after a cluster of stars in the Taurus Constellation that is visible in the sky with the naked eye in winter from the northern hemisphere and in summer from the southern hemisphere. I did not have a pattern for it, I got the idea from a picture I saw of a similar quilt and knew it would be easy to make.
I have decided to machine embroider the names of the stars on the star blocks-it would have been easier before construction but it is still doable.
It seemed to be the perfect combination of a feminine quilt with a subtle intellectual twist. I believe that Emily will be happy with her request for "pink and purple", and better still it all came from stash!
My goal was to make quilts that would be appealing to five year olds but not so childish that they would quickly outgrow them. What do you think, did I succeed?