The challenge for this week was really square. Since I was overly ambitious the last time I tried one of the challenges, I decided to stick to the basics and work on technique. Browsing through the myriad of square quilt blocks (did you know there was a myriad of square quilt blocks? Whodathunk?) I came across the picture from this tutorial by Little Miss Shabby.
This seemed like the perfect project to use some of my vintage patches from Grandma. I remember my grandmother and then later my grandfather as well, sitting at the dining room table in the farm house, tracing around cardboard templates, cutting around the pencil lines and stacking them up. Every time I see the pencil marks on these fabrics I think of them.
The completed flimsy measured 21 inches on a side. I used a slightly off-white Kona for the sashing.
I spent some time deciding how to quilt it. Several of my on-line friends provided very useful suggestions. A nod to the traditional feather seemed the most fitting way to celebrate my grandmother's fabrics.
I was all set to try a new marking technique.
My test patches made it clear that this was not going to work. So I resorted to cardboard templates and watersoluble pens.
There are some definite issues with my FMQ but I am generally pleased with my ability to follow the lines and keep a reasonable stitch length.
An over all view. I probably need something in the last sashing but I don't have a good plan yet.
Here is a detail of the feathers on the outside. Not too many crossed lines.
Deciding what to do for the binding was also an issue. I had intended to use my standard fine black and white check. However, it seemed more appropriate to use a bit of vintage yardage from my great aunt.
Thus my completed project for week 1 of Project Quilting. Be sure to click on over to the Flickr page and see all of the really amazing quilts on display and to see the myriad interpretations of square in square quilt blocks.