Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cuddle Quilt in amongst the preparations for Colorado.

I've had list upon list preparing for the Colorado CQ quilting retreat next week. I began sorting and packing threads and beads at least three weeks ago, and my suitcase was nearly three quarters full of sewing stuff and fabric, but not a stitch of clothing! I'll be gone a week in Colorado (warmer clothes) and about three weeks in Florida (cooler clothes), and I wanted to leave my mum with enough dinners for the month and see to all the last minute jobs. I also had it in my mind to make a cuddle quilt for my new grandson expected at the end of October. Time was running out, but I started it anyway. The size of this is 8 squares by 8 squares. Each square is 6", and the seam allowance is 1/2", so the finished size of the square is 5" x 5". In total there are 64 double thick blocks. I cut out the fabric in one evening, Criss-crossed each set of two squares together, and then made them into strips the next day. The third day I snipped all the 1/2" seams, washed it twice, dried it and tidied up the loose threads and it was finished.
I chose a wonderful bright blue and turquoise animals in boats print, a plain medium blue fabric and a dark pastel rainbow stripe, all flannelette. I had all the fabric in my stash already!
Here's the back with the rainbow stripe fabric. I could write out some instructions on how to make this if you are interested. Leave a comment if you would like me to do that.

1 comment:

Susan/CqLily said...

Diane,
Don't know if you will see this now that you have already gone to CO, but I am sorry I won't be able to meet you this time!
Don't you just love these quilts? I have made ones in strips and in 'brick's' but really like the squares idea and criss-crossing them first! I think the hardest part is the clipping of the seams!!!! :)
Have a great time. Learn much, laugh lots and make a lifetime of friends.
Susan