Wednesday, June 08, 2011
New Drunkard's Path Quilt - WIP Wednesday
I was excited to finish my Rainbow Rail quilt last week, and couldn't wait to jump into my next quilting project - a drunkard's path baby quilt. I had so much fun making my wonky drunkard's path block tutorial, and sketching out the many design possibilities, that I decided I just had to make a whole quilt in this pattern.
I decided to use my stash of green, yellow, and orange Central Park fabric (with quite a few other fabrics from my stash mixed in). While I had fun making the wonky blocks, I decided to adapt the technique to a less wonky style, and drew up some templates to make these blocks using charm squares (5" fabric squares) - each block uses 8 colored squares and 8 white squares (I am using Kona Bone), and will measure 15" finished. I am planning to make a 3 x 3 block size quilt, so it will measure 45" square finished.
Since I had bought a charm pack of Central Park to make my other Central Park quilt, I had saved the yellow/orange/green charms for this project, and then I cut the rest from fat quarters/yardage. If I had thought more ahead I would have bought precut charms of a white/offwhite fabric to use in this quilt, but instead I cut up some yardage I had bought... then discovered I didn't have enough and ordered more, which hopefully will be arriving soon. I had originally hoped to finish this quilt by this weekend when we'll be visiting with the family this quilt is going to, but seeing as I have only made one square so far (and am waiting on fabric), it doesn't seem super likely... but who knows?
I realized that my WIP Wednesday posts are usually pretty single-project oriented, since I tend to finish one project before I start the next (having too many WIPs makes me antsy, as I have mentioned in the knitting context)... mostly I think this is because I usually have WIPs going in a lot of different crafts, so if I let myself have multiple WIPs in each type of craft it would get really overwhelming. Trying to finish one project before starting the next helps give me some discipline and something to look forward to - otherwise I worry I would end up abandoning a lot of unfinished projects. So I usually have stacks of fabric around waiting for me to finish my project and start the next one... this week I started making stacks for Elizabeth at Don't Call Me Betsy's new Kaleidoscope Quilt Along which I am excited to say I am getting off the fence and will be joining! Many of the fabrics (above) were from a bundle from fabricworm that I got as a lovely birthday gift from my in-laws, but I have definitely added/changed some of the selections, so it feels more like my own. I am thinking that I will use either Kona Ash (on the left above) or Medium Grey (on the right) as the neutral/solid in my quilt - which do you think looks better? I am thinking this will make a cute baby boy quilt!
I also have been making fabric stacks for the Spicing Up the Kitchen Swap (round 2), which I am excited to be participating in. I am planning to make quilted linen placemats with patchwork accents for my partner (which will be my project this month for the bloggers' dinner party that I am hosting). I think my first fabric selection may not have been up my partner's alley... so this is a second set of possibilities that I am hoping she likes! I am planning to make these and my June bee blocks for do.good stitches (fun hexagons for Lee!) in a week or two... lots of fun sewing to look forward to!
I'm linking up again to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced - head over to see everyone's fun projects!