I finished the January 2016 block for the Sugar Block Club 3.0 by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock and needed a place to store it while the rest of the blocks are released throughout the year. I love this fabric combination and needed to use one of my storage boxes to keep it all together and to make sure I don’t use it while I continue to work on the rest of the blocks. While doing that, I came across one of the boxes that had the Sugar Club 2014 blocks in it. A little switcher-roo occurred and I decided to pop those into a quilt top. This will make quite a dip into my stash. There was a lot of left-over fabric from what I had chosen and I really didn’t want to put most of it back into my stash.
I laid out the blocks and decided on a layout. I’m not a big fan of 3×4 with sashing all around and I like to offset things a little to give a bit of interest to the quilt. I ended up with some blocks square and some blocks on point, some blocks bordered and some not. To marry everything together I used the same fabrics for border and accent pieces. I adore the cross on the top section and it really drove the design of this top. I took all the pinwheel blocks and surrounded the center block within the cross to give this top some movement. I used the remaining fabric to piece together the back which left very little added back to my stash. Yay! It was bound with a sparkly and swirly gold dot on ivory print. I added a little of the Joel Dewberry Woodgrain to pop it and bring it all together. The quilting was a thick wavy line going around the cross and a thinner line inside the cross going lengthwise and width wise. Thicker wavy lines went vertically and horizontally on the edges and over the on-point blocks. There is so much texture going on and I love it! I’ve got one more top quilt sandwich ready to be made and some backing fabric on it’s way for another. Let’s see if I can get at least 1 quilt done and out of my stash per month. That sounds like a pretty doable plan, right?
Speaking of stash – I’m still getting in items I ordered before the new year began. These beauties came from the Intrepid Thread pre-Christmas sale.
Studio Stash by Jennifer Sampou – I love this crossed grid print. So reminiscent of my love of cross-stitch. Knit by Timeless Treasures – I know lots of people who knit or crochet so this would be perfect for pouches or stash bags. I also received this green and pink Robert Kaufman bundle courtesy of the Year-end sale at Craftsy. I love the headphone/earmuffs print. They would make great additions to a tween quilt top or pillow.
Second week in and I have a few finishes under my belt. What a great start to the year! I have lots of ideas brewing so let’s see if I can keep it up. 😊