Thursday, December 29, 2016

Reindeer Games

Several years ago I belonged to a fabric club through Fat Quarter Shop. Every month they would send me a stack of six charm packs. I collected these for a few years. Then, they changed the club to four different charm packs each month. I decided it was too much work (and I had more fabric than I was able to use in a year) to collect these tiny bits of collections so I gave up the club.
Christmas day, before my dinner party showed up, I sat down and pulled out the holiday prints, and the coordinating fabrics I had also collected, and decided to make something.
Because I wasn't feeling very adventurous, I decided a simple disappearing 9-patch would be just the thing. I laid out some of the fabrics and got stitching. I didn't get very far before I had to set this aside until the next day.
On Sunday, I pieced and cut, pieced and cut.
I put them up as I slashed the 9-patches into blocks.
After piecing all the charms I had over 100 blocks. I put them up on my design wall and played with the layout. I rearranged, and rearranged, and rearranged until I had something I liked. Then I moved a couple blocks for good measure.
I webbed the rows together so I wouldn't get mixed up. Well, I hoped I wouldn't get mixed up. Then I pressed and sewed the rows into a quilt top. Bonnie Hunter has some tips about webbing a quilt top on her blog.
Now all I have to do is cut and sew some borders on. Maybe by the end of the year? We shall see.

Day 29 of the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge.

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