Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Better Late than Never!

At the beginning of  October, Tisha at Quilty Therapy announced her Charming Plus QAL, and I decided I wanted to join in.  I had an idea to use some Christmas fabric I had stashed away along with low volume scraps for the backgrounds.

Then I started cutting the pieces for it!  Oops!  My main Christmas fabric to use was a charm pack of North Woods by Kate Spain for Moda.  I had cut up all of the charm squares into 4 - 2 1/2 inch squares before I realized that it takes 5 squares to make the plus part of the block and then 4 background squares.

Thanks to some encouragement from Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework, and from Tisha, I decided to keep going with one modification.  I am making my pluses out of the low volume scraps I have, and the Kate Spain Christmas charm pack has become the background.

This week, I really got going on piecing this quilt.  I sorted all of the squares by light and dark so that I could put the lighter pluses with darker Christmas fabric, and vice versa.

Then the squares for every row were laid out in their places, and I've been chain piecing them together, one block at a time.  

I've stitched up a few complete blocks, to see what they would look like, and I think it's all going to work out!

I love this one, below!  I've had this cat fabric in my stash for quite awhile.  I used it for the backing of my Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt way back in 2013.  It's so fun to find other uses for the bits and pieces of it that I still have.

Just for fun, I laid out the four blocks I've completely sewn together to see what would happen.  I like this!

I think the pluses will stand out in some blocks, but the background fabric in others.  It may turn out to be a Christmas quilt that can be out all year round!  Guess I'd better get back to work, so that I can make the link-ups Tisha has planned for finished tops and quilts in December!

Sharing at Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun than Housework today.  


Jayne said...

I've been in the same boat on many occasions! Oops I cut wrong...move on to plan B! It's going to be a wonderful holiday quilt and I'm happy you figured out a solution!

Yanicka said...

Plan B, plan C...plan D LOL I had to do it many times :) It will be lovely

gayle said...

That's the nice thing about quilting - there's always a Plan B! 8)
And your Plan B seems to be working wonderfully!

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Love it! Have fun sewing your blocks together and thanks for sharing them with Oh Scrap! Happy Sunday :)

Vicki in MN said...

They are looking good together, I am glad you found a solution to the cutting oops;-)

Linda said...

I think it's going to be awesome reversed!

margaret said...

guilty too I make cutting mistakes they say read twice cut once |I think |I need to read half a dozen times. Loving the cat fabric wonder if it is still about must kep my eyes open blocks look great

Vic in NH said...

Cool looking blocks that are all your own design!! Keep going!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

This is looking lovely! I've seen a 'flying geese' quilt done much the same way, where the background is the busy print!

PaulaB quilts said...

Looks like the oops turned into an aah. All the blocks are going well, especially if the contrast is there. That is the cutest cat fabric I've seen, and I recently did a search for some, that one would have been my choice for sure. Have fun with it. Happy Thanksgiving!

PaulaB quilts said...

PS- I just checked the Oh Scrap site again and saw your pic. Could not believe it. I just went to Hobby Lobby,saw that cat fabric and bought two yards, on sale for around 4.50. It is the cutest cat fabric I have ever seen. No use for it at all, but I love their expressions.

Kate said...

A great save that's going to make for a very fun quilt.