Here it is, the finished top to a baby quilt. I thought about keeping on going and making more of these 12" blocks, but I'm afraid I'll run out of that white fabric with yellow polka dots at an inopportune time.
I'm so excited that all the materials I used with the exception of the white polka dot material were all from my scrap pile. I love that as I look at each piece of fabric, it has a story of it's own. Some fabrics were from projects I gave away, sold, or that were given to me. Anyway, it's such a good feeling to whittle that monstrous pile down while making something useful. And since I have never made a quilt before, what's the next step? Probably making the back?
Next up, a first fruits salad (butter lettuce, banana peppers and red peppers) from my friend Becky's garden.
Some people may call me a freak of nature, but I practically begged Becky to let me come over and help her weed her garden yesterday morning. All you gardeners out there in blog land are making me freaking crazy with all your photos of gardens and fresh produce. I had to do something to work through the crazy thoughts I was having involving camouflage apparel, an alarm going off at midnight, and possible attack dog wounds! I was so excited to get over there yesterday that I woke up WAY early for our 7 am rendezvous and promptly walked out the door without my weed puller, gloves, or camera. Oh heck. Anyway, she greeted me with the best SAVORY breakfast (scrambled eggs topped with chunky bell peppers and tomatos, and seasoned baked home fries) I have had in a long time. After getting our bellies full, we weeded. Maybe I should say Becky weeded. She's a maniac. She worked circles around me. Forget the weed puller, she just got out her full size shovel! We weeded and talked and talked some more. When we were done and standing back admiring our work with the sprinkler going, it was a magical moment. Like that song that another friend brought to remembrance recently, "a peaceful, easy feeling". The birds started singing and a robin dropped down between the glistening plants and started hunting for worms. It's like he was just standing by waiting for us to finish so he could have his breakfast. Mmmmmm.
*EDIT*Hi All, I've had a couple people who have asked how I made the squares for this quilt top and here is the explanation I sent to them. To make the squares, I started out with the center trapezoid shaped fabric and added strips to each of the sides making sure to keep the edges of the strips at the same angle as the side it buts up to and just kept doing this with the fabric of choice until it was a little bigger than 12x12 and then squared it up. I don't know if I'm explaining this very well but since this is my first, I don't really know any quilting terminology except square up and bind. I'm quilt dumb! Anyway, hopefully that helps. You know, take a close up look at the first block I did and look at the seaming. Maybe having that visual and then my explanation will help.
Also, I could certainly do a quick tutorial with some photos if anyone is interested in that option, let me know!