I had a brand new fun pattern written, fabric pulled, pattern pieces cut, and ready to be sewed. Then, I broke my toes. So, now I have to take a break for at least a few days. I needed to finish sewing the binding on this quilt, so that’s exactly what I did, with my foot propped up on the sofa. These blocks got a fresh new setting and are the focus of today’s story.
Last September, I finished making this quilt for my kitty. He kept on using it happily, but I HATED it! Yes, I truly hated that green sashing. I thought the green dulled those bright beautiful colours of the blocks. I refused to lay that quilt out for my cat. So finally, before I went on holiday, I started remaking the quilt.
Time was short. Instead of taking the whole quilt apart, I started at the seams that joined the blocks to the sashing. I unpicked the stitches until the blocks came free. Since I am a fairly light quilter, I was able to pull the blocks out during one afternoon. Patience is required for the process though, good thing I like to listen to stories while I work. Some day I will pull out the yellow backing for use in an another project.
Of course, the blocks were not as crisp as when they were new. They also shrunk a bit during multiple washes. After trimming them to be of the same size, pressing them with a hot iron and steam made them good to be used again.
This time I used plain white Kona cotton for the sashing to bring out the bright colours of the quilt blocks. I did somewhat of a grid quilting. It’s not a perfect grid, but it’s not random either. The pale sea green thread is almost the same colour as the block background.
I found this steel-grey-blue in my stash for the backing.
To keep it light and airy, I used the same fabric for the binding that I used for the block background. By the way, if you use pins for binding, I highly recommend binding clips. Clover clips are even better. I only have one set of those at the moment, I will definitely get more in the future.
The Squares Plus idea started with my wanting to make a plus quilt. I also wanted to add a little twist to the traditional plus blocks. While fiddling with the design, I added the little squares on top of the plus sign. That became my Squares Plus pattern. This beginner-friendly and scrap-happy pattern is on my Etsy and Craftsy shops.
So here’s the newly-finished Squares Plus quilt for my kitty. Not that he would know the difference, but I am certainly much happier to lay it out now.
My kitties use their quilts a lot. If there is not already a quilt on one of their usual sleeping places because I have taken it away to wash, they sit and wait patiently, right beside the spot. They continue to look at me until I lay a quilt down for them. Smart, huh?!!
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