Sometimes a “dawning”…………..

Can be startling! Yup. Yesterday it ‘dawned’ on me that I had volunteered to demo the quilt basting technique I’ve been using these past few years at the next guild meeting….which is coming pretty quickly—and, well, a little prep would be really advised! I’m doing it in a ‘mini’ version because the boards I normally use for regular size/large quilts just won’t fit in my car easily (their length is 8’!) but I do have a set of boards that are 40” long and perfect for this. Next….just what to sandwich??!! I initially thought of using a seasonal panel and call it good. Hmmmm…….how ‘bout piecing something, of the smaller kind, that would be a good Christmas gift (thinkin’ dual duty, here!!!). Enter this table topper pattern I got at a quilt shop in Virginia in September. Needed: 1 charm pack (or 37 five inch squares), backing, batting and, oh yes…some border fabrics. The pattern……IMG_7457IMG_7456    Those last dark charms (I marked “do last) are inserted as 4.5” squares and there may be others remaining in the charm pack that you would prefer to use to complete this top. It says “Easy”…..we’ll see…….. Now, to do some stash digging……………..IMG_7452 I could not even begin to tell you how long I’ve had these pieces!!!!! sigh   Not really much cutting needed. A scant 1/4” seam really gave me almost perfect 4.5” half-square triangles!!!!! And I had this in a short morning of piecing…………IMG_7439    Note to self……..the next time I will make the light, medium, dark fabric better defined! I do like it, though. Now…….it just needs at least one border!!!! Auditioning…………….. IMG_7443     The outer/paisley fabric has all the colors but that gray just doesn’t ‘cut’ it!!!!! Try again……………….IMG_7446   Yup, I must say, the red is better! Onward…………………..IMG_7453   Borders on and done! OK……now what for backing (think “gift”!)………..IMG_7455    My stash came through for me…..yay!!!! Am thinking that would work for the binding, too, and would use up every scrap!!!! Definitely a good thing!!!! All set for the demo……just need a few more items…………..

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About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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17 Responses to Sometimes a “dawning”…………..

  1. Judy says:

    I love the colors you used. It’s cheerful, I like cheerful. I enjoy and look forward to reading your blog. Happy weekend to you.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thank you, bloggy Friend!!!!! And, thanks so much for taking some moments to leave your sweet words!!! These fabrics have been in my stash for several years…….bought them for just the reasons you sited…….they’re happy!!!!! This will kind of an “I Spy” table topper!!!! LOL!!! Please, stop by again!!!! Hugs……..

  2. kathyreeves says:

    Looking good, Doreen. Those are really fun colors, my Manda loves that particular combo, in clothes, walls, even cupcakes! 😊

  3. Debbierose says:

    Great block, lovely bright

  4. witchylin says:

    The colours are different for the Holiday Season and will make a really good demo.

  5. I have an idea for you to “fix” the fabrics that you wish were darker in value. You can quilt those areas with a darker gray thread and they will appear darker in the finished quilt, especially if you use a lighter colored thread in other areas and the quilting is fairly dense and/or you use a heavier weight thread. Just a suggestion. I think it looks great the way that it is, too.

  6. Cathy says:

    I love the fabrics you chose!! And I am always thinking dual duty. Such a helpful way to work.

    • treadlemusic says:

      I have luved those fabrics for ages but never could do anything but “pat them” in my stash……no ideas coming forth for direction….sigh……I have some other fabrics pulled for that pattern (another Christmas idea) and will move on that shortly…..after a couple of clients’ quilts!! Thanks so much for popping in!!!! Hugs………….

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