After a very long winter it was nice to wake up to a sunny day. I spent my morning at my sewing machine working on some ideas for quilts that I have been thinking about for some time. I wanted to make a bow tie quilt with 4" blocks. I have planned all along to make dimensional bow tie blocks, so I looked up a tutorial about how to do it. After making a few,I finally decided against it .
At the top of the photo are the dimensional blocks sewn together. They are okay, but they are a hard to trim to look nice, my ruler just rocks back and forth. they are a little to fiddly for my liking.
Enter the easy cheater bow tie . Really easy. Basically a 4 patch, where a small triangle is made in the corner of the two background blocks. I guess that if you quilted a square around the center it would look fine.
I decided to go the traditional route. I printed out templates on EQ that would make a template that was about 1/4" larger than I wanted my block to be. That way, I could trim to exactly 4.5". These take a little more time. set in seams, 8 steps for each block, but it has the look that I want. Plus, I can make a block out of one charm square. I have a bunch of those, so it will be a very lively quilt.
I am also putting an I Spy quilt together. I have a weakness for novelty fabrics. Admittedly, there aren't a whole lot of things you can do with them once you buy them, but I have been cutting out hexagons for a while to make an I Spy.. Yes, I know that there are easier ways to make an ISpy, but this looks really nice. I am putting polka dot fabrics on the end of the rows that the block is trimmed. I didn't want to trim an image that could be 'spied'. I envision this a future child or grandchild's 'Sick Day' quilt. Nothing would brighten a day more than a quilt with lots of things to look at.
Finally, this year is a decade birthday for me. I've always wanted to make myself a letter T quilt. I decided to make mine all polka dots. And just so you don't think that everything I do has a black background, a neutral is being used. Although.. I DID plan on also making this a black background. When I get started really working on this I will change the thread in my machine to match the fabric. I was just to lazy to do it for this block. All of this to avoid quilting this miniature for an upcoming guild show.