||[Jun. 29th, 2008|10:35 pm]
I participated in the Quiltathon inspired and directed by Judy Laquidara this weekend. It was a fun time, working on the Hawaiian quilt. My aunt and uncle went to Hawaii last year and kindly brought me a sample pack of fabrics from the islands. I thought about what to do with them for a long time before seeing someone’s 30’s jewelbox quilt. It would be a great pattern to showcase the fabric, and I had some white-on-white fabric that I had purchased for a backing and not used, which would make the perfect background. The squares were 4.5 inches, so there was no waste at all if the blocks were 7 inches across, with half-square triangles made in the square as it were and trimmed to size.
Before this weekend, I had the quilt pieces about half-cut. All the small pieces were cut this weekend, and all the triangles sewn. A few blocks were pieced and I got the border started and put a sample set on the design wall. I’m glad I took the time to do this. It was a lot of fun and got me to a good point on this quilt. Now comes the tedious trimming and pressing, which can be done little by little in the spaces of the day. Once the triangles are trimmed and the four-patches pieced, the blocks go together very quickly. I’m happy with the way the border is going to work. A very good weekend.
The sample on the design wall:
Halfway through, Saturday evening:
Sunday evening after a bit of clean-up, with a helper (someone has to hold those triangles down):