Here it is, Working Wednesday again - I've been racking my brain this week trying to decide what to write about. The problem is where to start - because there's so much to write! But the one thing that kept cropping up in my mind is the quilts I'd like to feature, so I think I'll start there - with a list of some of the quilts that we'll be telling stories about and providing patterns for.
One of the first quilts we started making for the ministry was a variation of this pretty quilt…
Then we moved on to the sudoku quilt…
This is a great quilt if you are overwhelmed with how to arrange the colors in a quilt - you use a sudoku puzzle to determine how to arrange the nine different colored squares. Easy peasy! And see those little feet at the bottom of that quilt?
Guess who? Lilli - much younger of course! She was a great photography assistant!
Then we started making baby quilts - and we used this great little rail fence quilt design from Beth of Love Laugh Quilt…
A simple fence rail made of flannel strips. This one works up so quickly and was a great way to learn strip piecing! We also honed our skills in straight line and free motion quilting on these quilts.
Then, of course, there's the ever-versatile disappearing nine-patch! This is such an easy pattern, although it was a real challenge to cut up what we had just sewn together! Here's one example of a D9P we made for the ministry…
…and here's one of my favorite D9Ps, because it has such a fun story! The girl who made this was so excited about making her first quilt that she started before we had a class - and she cut her squares out with scissors, sewed them together and brought the blocks in to class. Well, they were a little wonky to say the least (remember YOUR first attempts to sew?) and we were trying to figure out how to turn them into something usable. One of our members suggested cutting a smaller block out of the large block, so we took a template and set it wonky on the original block and cut new blocks. I love this Wonky Sudoku Quilt!!
And here's another great quilt pattern, designed by Lisa of Shiner's View. You might recognize this quilt - it's the one in my blog header. This particular quilt was made for a gentleman who lived in Hawaii for a long time - we ordered the fabrics from Hawaii and made this very special quilt for him.
This has been a really popular pattern - we've made several and lots of folks have asked for the directions to use it for charity quilts for other groups. It's easy, shows the fabrics nicely, and works up quickly.
I also want to add in suggestions about working with orphan blocks, improv blocks, and hopefully write a few original designs too!
What would you want to see as far as patterns in a book like this? Variations on simple designs? Things to do to make them unique? Kitting instructions? Or all new stuff?
I really appreciated all the feedback you all gave last week - some great ideas that I hope to work in to this project. Thanks!!