I had a lot of fun picking and choosing from my stack of fabrics for the final 3 blocks of the Grandma’s Kitchen pattern. I mentioned previously that I did a little “balancing” of colors, as I have a big variety with my 1930’s reproduction fabrics.
Block 23 –
Block 24 –
Block 25 –
Now that all 25 blocks are made, I am considering all those filler blocks the pattern has called for. There are 3 more units of “friendship stars”, several sets of “checkerboard blocks”, and lots of what I would call “filler strips”. These filler strips are giving me something to think about. I am trying to decide if I am just going with one of my white background fabrics; or maybe pull in another yellow, with some very tiny print. If you haven’t seen the final layout, take a look at Pat’s post here – The final layout plan
Here are my thoughts….I have a lot of very “different” prints and colors going on. I put them all in an album together on flicker if you want to take a look – Grandma’s Kitchen Blocks album
I think the blocks need something to “calm them down” and “give your eye a place to rest” or “a bit of space”. This is what leads me to the white. I have been doodling and coloring – Thank goodness for lots of fine tip markers and lots of copies of the pattern.
I’ve set aside fabrics for some of those filler blocks, made one of the checkerboard sections for row 3(using the same fabrics as block 25), and decided what fabrics those extra friendship stars will use.
Next time you see it, I will have it stitched together as a full top…but that will be a while.
I’m in slow down mode as of this afternoon! I had to deliver my beloved Janome 8900 to the sewing center for service. Long & short of it – my machine does NOT like the thread painting class I took today. Sadly, I paid for a class that I only managed to sew for about half of, and then spent the rest of the class battling the machine. I went straight from class to take the machine for repair. Tomorrow, out will come my beloved Featherweight, and I will “begin again”.
Meanwhile, there are lots of scraps to be sorted and trimmed and put away, so I might get busy with that job. I have LOTS to get squared away! I am going to try and get some cleared up before Carole puts out the first edition of Scrap Dance Square Dance Mystery Quilt. Will you be sewing along? Carole said she is going to have us “use up leftovers, precuts, charm squares, jelly roll strips ” etc. I tend to cut my scraps to the “largest size” for my storage system, so I should have plenty of 5″ squares, lots of 2.5″ strips. I don’t buy pre-cuts usually, but I do have a big collection of fat quarters (which are NOT scraps….) I think I will start with the overflowing basket of GREENS!
What’s on your project list??