Today is my day on Bea’s blog hop, Dust Off A Book. In someways, I dusted off two books. The first was Quilts from The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Joanne Larsen Line. I was. hoping to find fabric in my stash and I did. It had to be an easy quilt, and the one on the cover fit the bill. One of the reasons I love this book is that it has quilts of different sizes and that is always a welcome help to any quilter.
Now, here’s where the second book came in. I happened to have this fabric that is based on the book Busytown by Richard Scarry. As I am typing this, it feels to be a very ironic quilt in that towns have been anything but busy! This is not a quilt about covid, but a quilt that will go to a child with an inquisitive mind!
And, since the quilt book is based on The Quiltmaker’s Gift, I guess this could be a three book, dust off the book blog!
Now, onto the fabric. I had this Busytown fabric, which was by Quilted Treasures. I don’t know the year, but I stashed it and now it is in a quilt.
The blocks go together quickly. I like using these pins* I have to number the rows and indicate which direction to press the rows which makes them nest nicely.
When it came to quilting, I chose a geometric pattern. Funny, I now think looks like a great path through the quilt that toy cars or animals could easily travel. The pantograph is a design by Susan Schmieden call “Easy Geo” and is a standard one for my HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen with ProStitcher. The quilting thread was Superior So Fine #403, a favorite for the way it blends so nicely.
Honestly, it took me longer to find fabric that I liked as a border in my stash. I had light fabric but that felt boring. If I had orange or yellow, that might have been a good choice, but alas I don’t have lots of any of that. This green border is fun because there are really both shades of green – the kelly green in the grassy lattice and the sage green in the border are in a lot of the blocks. It’s a fun quilt, with no destination at the moment, but it will have a home one day.
It is a vibrant quilt and I love that about it. It finished up to be a nice child’s lap quilt size at 48 x 60 and would even work nicely on the top of twin bed.
For the back, I had this blue which I liked and decided to add the little swath of the fabric uncut so the child could see the whole scene all together.
Here are all the bloggers who contributed to this great hop! Thanks Bea for sponsoring and check them out if you haven’t already, there are so many great projects, eye candy and forgotten books.
Words and Stitches | Samelia’s Mum |High Road Quilter
Karin’s Crazy World | Lemon Tree Snippets | Anjaquilts
Beaquilter | Cynthia’s Creating Ark | A Quilting Readers Garden
Kathy’s Kwilts and More | Quilting Patchwork Applique
The Darling Dogwood | Creatin’ in the Sticks
Beaquilter |Quilting at the farm| Kathleen McMusing
Now, next week should be a big sewing week for me. I have a couple of hops to get underway – Salt and Sand and In the Kitchen are the next two coming up. Also, there is some behind the scenes work with the Partners in Design crew, as we make plans for our 2021 QAL. And, life has returned to normal after the move. Below are two scary pictures of my study in our apartment…I believe there were 14 crates of sewing and office materials that we moved. The organization is yet to come but we will spend the better part of a week there soon and it will become livable/workable then. The rest of the apartment is in much better shape. Below is a picture of the view, the crates and the closet. YIKES!
A Busy Town Quilt
48″ x 60″
Quilter’s Dream Select Batting ( Natural Select on Sale 3/7 & 3/8Natural Select on Sale 3/7 & 3/8 Natural Select on Sale 3/7 & 3/8
Coming Up on the Blog:
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd – 3/22
Sand and Surf – 3/24
In the Kitchen – 4/19