Thank you all for celebrating baby Elora with me! Reading your comments on her baby pictures feels like being in a room full of women friends rejoicing over our healthy baby girl. A room full of friends who understand why she is so especially a gift. Oftentimes you thank me for being vulnerable in this space when I share my family life, but I see less that vulnerability and more a community who has carried me. It's a true privilege to share your company.
The day before my induction I felt compelled to start a new quilt, a
scrap quilt. I wanted something mostly mindless and very colorful,
something I could just putter along with between things. I started by
making 3" finished hourglass blocks, using lots of multicolor scraps
paired with solids or low volumes.
I thought at first I might make big blocks of hourglasses arranged in a grid with tiny, 1/2" gray sashing. Sometimes it's nice to have a project that's open ended. Who knows what might happen?
A scrap quilt can easily become chaotic when colors and patterns
overwhelm. That's OK at times, but I realized with this quilt I wanted
something more like my Sour Pickle quilt from December last.
Here, as with Sour Pickle, my approach to harmonizing diverse scraps is to include lots of low volume. I tend to buy rather plain low volumes: just gray, white, black with no extra colors. I've been wanting to get past that simplicity, so I requested a Inside Voices Bundle from Westwood Acres. Here are the pretty fat quarters that arrived! Clouds, flowers, foxes and dots - it's a great mix of shapes and a nice assortment of soft colors. This bundle is more than enough low volume to anchor an entire scrap quilt (or two).
Once in my new sewing room, I arranged my hourglasses on the new design wall. Now I feel like the quilt may go together in rows, with sets of same-style blocks arranged like patterns in a fairisle sweater.
Still sashed in gray? Maybe.
My next batch of scrap blocks is an elongated 9-patch inspired by bathroom tile. I'm enjoying pairing the Westwood Acres low volume fabrics with something that coordinates from my scrap drawers!
Here's where I've landed at the moment. I haven't quite decided what style of block to put in between the upper and lower hourglass sets. Perhaps snowflakes or large plus blocks? I think I'll let this one marinate for awhile and redirect my attention to starting our bedroom quilt.
Sometimes it's nice to have a few balls in the air!