I had some projects to finish by Christmas so this one fell by the wayside a bit but in the new year I picked it back up again and started taking it to work on the bus. Mainly because I found a handy little plastic box that clips shut so its easy to put in my bag. It was actually the box our solar lights came in!
Anyway when I last posted I had been thinking I would use some fabric I had been given to make the contrast/background blocks:
I'd have to say I just found it difficult to get excited about this fabric though and that may be why I put the project aside too. In the end I came across a lovely softy buttery yellow fabric on the internet at equilter.com with an embossed (is that the right word?) pattern which I thought would be just perfect and it is! It was very inexpensive too, I think it only cost me $20 all up. Hope I ordered enough!
Well, I tell you, if you want to move a project along, take it on the bus with you! I now have 107 blue dresden blocks and about 25 yellow ones. Here's some of the blue blocks (or should that be rounds!):
To compare here is how it would have looked with the first fabric I was looking at for the background:
and here it is with the yellow fabric:
I'm so much happier with this fabric choice. I need to make yellow suffolk puffs for each of the blue dresden blocks as well - Yikes, that means 121 of them too! Given I've never made one before that could be good or a nightmare depending on how I feel about them after I've made the first one! I'm also supposed to put one in the middle of each yellow one in a contrasting colour but I'm not sure it needs it. I'll see as I go along. Its not like there's actually a hole which needs covering like there is on the dresdens.
This is the fabric which got me started on this whole quilt originally:
Its hard to see in this slightly fuzzy shot but there is the same yellow in the paisley shapes, so that's probably why I was so happy to find that yellow! I was thinking that if I do make contrasting puffs, this fabric would probably be my choice for those going onto the yellow.
Now I mentioned a win didn't I! In the February link up for the 13 UFO's in 2013 quiltalong at 52 Quilts in 52 Weeks I was lucky enough to win the draw for that month's prize! Yay me! It was my choice of a bag pattern by Sara at Sew Sweetness. I chose the Velocity Bag. Sara has some great bag patterns over in her shop. Big thank you to Marti at 52 Quilts in 52 Weeks for the prize! Now all I have to do is make it! Another project to do! (Do you think if I make a Velocity bag, it will make me go faster when I'm using it?)
Thanks for visiting with me today,