35 x 35
Many, many thanks to Kristin at Simple.Handmade.Everyday and Patty at Elm Street Quilts for sponsoring their second QAL, designing the blocks and giving great instructions, tips, and tutorials to help all of us learn more about hand-piecing! I enjoyed participating for the second year in a row, and learned a lot.
I keep trying to decide which block is my favorite - maybe this one?
Or this one?
Really, I enjoyed making all nine blocks, even the ones that required templates and curved piecing! Another fun addition to the QAL this year was that each block represented a character in a favorite book of Patty or Kristin's. Some of the books I had read, others I hadn't - all of them sounded interesting!
I decided this quilt needed a scrappy binding, so I cut whatever 2.25 inch strips I could get out of the leftover pieces from the blocks and sewed them together. Sewing the binding on the front of the quilt was the only time my sewing machine got involved!
Maybe this one's my favorite block?!
Pretty in the morning light -
Many evening slow-stitching hours were spent working on this quilt,
including hand-quilting along most of the seam lines of the blocks,
sashing, and cornerstones. My husband and I have gotten to be good friends with Special Agent Gibbs and the NCIS gang (courtesy of Netflix) while I've worked on this project!
The red Ikea chair in our living room is where this quilt will live for now.
Linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching,
Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap,