So I did not do much in the way of sewing on Saturday as it was a very nice day and there were multiple errands to run, including dropping off my Bernina for service (when I get that very polite message, I always head it into the shop) and running over to the LQS to get some feedback on the piece I am working on for them (I will do another post on that, I promise). I added another border to that project! Then I had to run the dogs to their spa treatment, so they spent a lovely time getting baths and having nails painted and the day was pretty much gone. And had gotten away from me!
So Sunday I decided that I really needed to use up some pieces from the LQS project, including a boatload of 3 inch squares of Kona in a variety of colors. I overcut. Quite a bit. I also had some fairly large pieces of Lucky Penny in white. And so I started to hack. And slash. And hack some more.
I cut white pieces into 7 1/2 squares (that was the final choice – I started at 8 1/2 but they were too large). I then randomly picked 3 of the 3 inch Kona squares for the corners. Why only 3 corners? Why not!
The 3 inch squares were placed on the corners and I drew diagonal lines and sewed on the line. I then cut 1/4 inch from the sewn line and pressed and Voila, a block. I made a total of 16 blocks this way.
Placement? Hmmmm…I decided to have the first row with all the empty corners (no 3 inch piece on it) oriented to the bottom left, the next row pointed it to the upper right, and then bottom left, then upper right! I got two distinct patterns this way, a full square and an hourglass thingy.
So it was a little small, and I added a 3 inch by 7 1/2 inch strip to make a first border, placing 3 inch Kona squares on the strip ends as needed to place them in spots where they finish up the secondary patterns. I sewed and trimmed these the same way as the large squares – diagonal line, sew on line, and trim and press. Once that border was complete, I added a second border of 3 inches by length, adding a 3 inch square on the ends. For the top and bottom strips, I added a 3 inch white square to make the length fit properly.
I then sewed remaining 3 inch Kona pieces together to get a very colorful border. I have made a back and the piece is pinned and ready to quilt. I will update as soon as it is all done!