Hey Everyone, welcome back to Stash Blasting Wednesday.
Normally today I would be putting together something with the ruler I highlighted last week on Cool Tool Thursday but since I didn’t highlight a ruler as it was New Year’s Day I had to come up with something else to talk about and create.
I decided to use up some leftover blocks from a tree skirt I made for my friend’s mother-in-law in December. The tree skirt was a huge hit and sometime down the road I will do a blog post about it as the design process was a learning process. So with all this talk about this great tree skirt I’m sure you want to see a picture so here it is.
Anyway I made far too many Hatchet Template blocks and figured I might as well use some of them up. I had 32 more than I needed – yes I was making a giant tree skirt for I am not sure what size of tree – maybe the one in Time’s Square. Hmmmmm I wonder if they need one? I’m up for that challenge.
I also pulled out all the scraps I had left over just in case I might need something from those for this piece – you never know.
I decided to go with a very simple design that the template package highlights as a pattern. Here it is using the dark and medium valued purple blocks.
And now with the dark purple and yellow blocks in a different configuration. One that has two distinct designs due to the colour scheme. With these two colours being complementary colours the design works great and creates a definite X and O with the blocks.
I’m going with the dark purple and the yellow blocks. I love that yellow fabric with the silver in it and there isn’t much of it left. No white left – only what is in the scrap bin and none at my LQS because I finished the bolt. [Editor’s note: I laugh out loud when I read/hear Jen saying “I love that yellow”. When we first got together she hated yellow – in fact, you can say that with a capital H!}
I sewed the blocks in pairs. Then the pairs in rows. And finally the rows together. I did pin the rows as there were many seams that needed to meet and even though I have a dual feed foot I figured pinning was a good idea at this point as I really do not like to reverse sew and who has time for reverse sewing – definitely not me. I used my favourite forked pins from Clover as well as their flower headed pins.
Before I had the final row in place it looked liked this which I thought would look awesome in pinks for Valentine’s day. I would call it Cross Your Heart. Oh no, another quilt to make.
With the rows sewn together the piece is 18 ½″ x 18 ½″.
In the pile of scraps I found two 3″ x 21″ pieces of the two dark purples and since they wouldn’t be much use for anything else I made a 1″ border with them. Now I need to decide if I want to add another border with the yellow or just bind it.
I’ll decide by Friday when I’ll be doing some free motion quilting to finish off this little X and O table topper.
The rest of the blocks, well they will have to wait for another day and another project – there are ideas percolating in my head for them and it’s looking like it will be more of an art quilt than a traditional quilt. I’ll leave it for one of my UFO Saturdays to work on.
I am really happy with this Hatchet Template from Creative Grids – it is very versatile for the number of designs it can provide and so easy to use.
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