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Double Whammy

Sometimes I wait for a sale to buy batting. Or wait until the next paycheck to buy backing because I've already blown my crafty budget for the month. So, while it may look like I've just whipped out two quilts right in a row, this is not the case. I've been working on these two quilts off and on for over a two years. One just sat around for a while as a finished quilt top while I waited to buy batting. Then it sat around waiting for a time where my husband was home, it was light out and it was not raining so that I could photograph it. That took a while. And while I was waiting for that auspicious convergence of events, I finished up the other quilt.

First finished was my Scrap Jar Stars quilt. Last summer my quilt guild did a block exchange with these blocks. I made 12 yellow stars and traded 11 of them away for 11 other colors. It would have made a decent sized baby quilt but there are no babies left at my house and I knew this was one I was going to want to keep. So, I made 12 more blocks and ended up with a good twin-sized quilt. It took forever because before I would sew each block, I would completely sort the corresponding color's scrap bin. I hadn't seen the bottom of those bins since I bought them. But, now my entire fabric stash has been sorted through, straightened up, pressed, and trimmed into my most used sizes. Anything I didn't absolutely love is being donated to the local charity quilting organization. My tiny sewing room is now a much nicer place to be.

 That little orange cat is my favorite. And I don't even like cats.

 Here's a little quilting hint- before you go through all the time and effort of pressing and smoothing and straightening and taping down your backing for basting- actually take the time to check and make sure it's big enough. This one was short by about three inches. I cursed a little and then added the strip of text fabric before going through all the work of taping it down again.

It's a happy sort of quilt. (Also- there was no party. They just found the party hats in the pantry and have been wearing them non-stop for the past three days.)

Next up is finished scrappy sawtooth stars.

Another happy sort of quilt. Blog posts about it here and here. For all the blahs and mid-project stalling, I really love this one now that it is finished.

How can you not be happy looking at colors like these?

Plus, I am in love with the quilting. I used a batting which was gifted to me and had a smaller minimum quilting distance that the one I normally use. So, rather than stopping at one diagonal line through the center of each block, I did three. And I love it! I love the little set of four squares in the center of each star and between the blocks.

Most of all, I love how it looks on the back. Kind of like a plaid. I will definitely be using this pattern again.

The backing is a Target sheet. The binding might be new favorite color. It wasn't until I was halfway through binding this one that I realized it matched the binding on the previous quilt and my new shoes.

WooHoo! Two more quilts off the WIP list and the shelf of shame. I've got a few more I need to rescue before I can start anything new. Or so I keep telling myself.


kristib said…
Maybe it's been around for awhile, but the moniker "shelf of shame" is the best I've heard. I may or may not have snorted. Of course that was after I had drooled on my keyboard over those gorgeous quilts. Bee. Yute. Ifull.

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