Over the weekend, I have been busy piecing a throw for our dining room sofa which my hubby has been commenting that I have not yet done - although I make and quilt other quilts that we don't need !!! His words - not mine !! Anyway, I thought he may be right, so having an excuse to use my Accuquilt GO cutting machine again, I decided to use the "chisel" die, and make a french braid quilt. I have had for some time, a stash of fat quarters by Daiwabo (Japanese taupes) in mainly browns, but as there were plenty of dark fabrics with a few lights, I never could decide exactly what I wanted to do with them. Anyway the chisel die was the inspiration for the braid quilt, and it was so quick to cut, one pass of the die through the machine cut me out 8 chisel pieces, I cut the squares normally with my rotary cutter and ruler. It was pretty quick to piece too, although I did take some time placing the fabrics (and the whole of our front room floor all Saturday afternoon!!!). There is a rogue green fabric in the same range, but it looks OK so I left it in the quilt.
I didn't have any dark brown fabric for the strips between the braids, so off we went to Braintree craft centre to buy some on Sunday - hubby wanted an excuse to drive in his new (to him) car and I jumped at the chance ! Although I would never usually spend as much as £10.50 / metre for standard width fabric, but it did mean I was able to finish the quilt on Sunday - so now it is a "flimsy" waiting to be quilted. However, I suspect it may be quite some time before I can quilt it, as I have 6 customer quilts coming in this week alone so far, added to the ones I am already working on. It is nice to be busy, and I am certainly not complaining !!!
Ready to be quilted !!!
And once that I have finished quilting my quilt on the frame, it is customer quilts for the rest of the next few weeks.
My weekend work also included my quilt, which I have been quilting with rulers, and just have the red star blocks to quilt now and then it is off the frame !!! quickly followed by a customer quilt on the frame !!
I can't decide what to quilt in the stars though. I have been waiting for a new ruler, ordered last week, which I had hoped to do some curved crosshatching, but it has not arrived yet, so may have to save that one for another quilt, and it may just be a plain old circle in the middle. I may even take it off the frame, do my customer quilts, then add it back to the frame when my new ruler arrives!!
This is exactly what my husband means about making quilts we don't need, because this quilt has no intended recipient, or intended use, it is purely a bit of fun for me !!! and of course a little bit of skill building with using rulers as guides.