Make It Monday


I had a bright and happy stack of 30 X Plus Quilt blocks, all ready to sew together to make a nice comfy size quilt.

I laid them all out on the floor to get an idea of colours and placement. Then I thought, gee this looks smaller than I had imagined it would. So I got my smallest child to come over and lay down beside the laid out blocks to see how big it actually was (not counting the 1/4" seams).

Hmmm... not quite big enough for keeping those toes all cozy when it cools down some. Especially as the smallest kid in the house is almost as tall as I am. GAH! Why do they grow so much and so fast?!?!

I'd better re-stack these babies and keep working on making more blocks for a bigger quilt.

In other news, I was spending some time on Instagram over the weekend and saw a great quilt by my pal Sue of @curlyquesue. Early last year, she decided to use her hoarded stash of HSTs and set the task of making 2 blocks each week so that by the end of the year, she'd have enough to make a quilt. View this post on Instagram

My scrap basket (it's a huge laundry basket size now) is constantly too full and it's really heavy. I decided to make a 2020 Leader & Ender quilt. 

Rather than just sewing bits together randomly, I decided on a quilt design that I plan to stick with. I searched Pinterest for some scrappy quilt ideas and saw a few really lovely chain blocks which use 2.5" squares. But a regular chain quilt uses a lot more back ground that it does scrappy squares, so I played around on EQ8 and drew up my block and quilt plan.

I really love this scrappy quilt look and hope to make it 90" x 90" so it's big enough to use on a bed (by next Christmas 2020).

At this stage, I have made up my pattern and have started cutting 2.5" squares. I haven't counted them, but judging by the picture, I'm going to need A LOT of them.  

I decided to call the quilt Twirling at the Disco and if anyone has an overflowing scrap tub, feel free to join me in cutting up squares and we'll make a Twirling at the Disco Quilt together.

I'll share the block pattern next week, so that's a week to get cutting. We should have a good amount of 2.5" squares all ready to go by then.

I hope you're having a fabulous #MakeItMonday too.


Michelle Ridgway said...

Why does that always happen when we are trying to use up our scraps lol! It is looking beautiful though already xx

Fiona said...

Your scraps are so pretty and work so well together.... I love the Xplus quilt..

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Thanks Michelle. I wonder what fabric treasures I will discover, down at the bottom of the washing basket. Have a fab day xx

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Thanks Fiona. The XPlus Quilt is such fun to make.

KaHolly said...

This x plus quilt is going to be absolutely gorgeous! And your New scrappy creation equally so!

Ondrea said...

Such a bright and cheery quilt. Looking good. The scrap block idea to make 2 a week sounds realistic. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Kris said...

Wow that is going to be a lot of squares but I think so worth it.

Marti said...

I love your X Plus blocks, so pretty and colorful. Isn't it disappointing when you think you have enough to start putting them together but then have to make more? Your friend's quilt is gorgeous too and those half square triangles look tiny.

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Thanks Ondrea. So far, I’m still cutting, cutting, cutting… and getting distracted along the way.

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

I think it'll be a great quilt... if I can keep up the steam to continue through the year :)

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Yes it was a little disappointing thinking that it was all ready to put together, but that's okay. It's an opportunity to work with more scrap fabrics to make more blocks.

And yes, her HST's look teeny tiny. She has way more patience than I do.

Preeti said...

These blocks are so cheerful and bright. I particularly love the one that says "Beware". It is a good idea to make it bigger because not only the fabric shrinks after washing but those tiny toes grow so fast. I am sure your quilt will be loved and those little toes will be warm and toasty :-)