|I cut three fabrics into several 2 1/2 inch strips. Then sewed one of each fabric strip together, keeping them in the same order. I then cut them into blocks the same length as they were wide. This is what one block looked like.|
|By alternating the blocks first horizontally then vertically, I got a zigzag pattern.|
|Stitching the blocks together.|
|One row at a time.|
|The rows sewn together. Jack is watching everything I do and follows me from one room to the next.|
|A better view. I love how the white zigzag just pops out and the red makes it look 3-dimensional.|
At this point, I put the quilt top away. I was not sure how I wanted to finish it, it looked like it needed something else.
Well, between moving, machines breaking down, and changing work schedules, I was not able to pull this out until after I finished Wanda's quilt. This long period of time also allowed me to think on what to do next.
The quilt top I made my husband's aunt had no borders so it was pretty small, but big enough for her to lay across her lap. The Christmas in Paris top, I did add a border, so it made it a little bigger. I was still not happy with the size. I don't want to do huge quilts, like my daughter's, again, as it is too much for me to handle. The size I made for Wanda, was a nice size, small enough for me to handle, but big enough for her to cuddle under.
So I started adding a border, then another, and another, and one more just to be sure.
|First a green border. The plain green will be used in the back as well as the main print fabrics.|
|Then with the leftover strips (I cut a lot!) I did a border of each of the main fabrics, keeping them in the order I did when making the blocks.|
|Added my initials to the green border. Also I started adding the year it was made.|
|Playing around with my sewing machine, I made a label to put on the back once it is complete. It looks kind of sloppy right now because I have not removed all the extra threads.|
I'm putting this away for now, got to get going on Christmas presents. I have several things in mind to make this year, so need to get going on them.
Check back to see what I do with this fabric.