In my ongoing surge to truly clean my sewing room, I finished this….
It’s just a simple quilt made from 6 1/2″ squares….nothing fancy at all. It all started when I bought a pack of 6 1/2″ squares at the thrift store. I decided to use them as a leader and ender project.
There weren’t enough in the pack to make a quilt this big so I dug into my stash and cut a few more blocks.
It was an easy project. It’s been sitting with my quilt tops that need to be quilted for some time. Last weekend I grabbed it, and threw it on the machine.
I decided to quilt it densely with a square motif.
In the end…I like it. I think the color selection worked.
One time when I was visiting Country Threads I was talking to Mary. She told me that one of their most popular patterns was this quilt…the four patch on the table.
Mary said they had made a shop sample several times as the alternate fabric would always get used up and they couldn’t order more of the fabric. She said people wanted theirs to look just like the shop sample so they would make another quilt for the shop sample with a new alternate fabric and again it would sell out.
I remember telling Mary that I was so surprised by this. It was just a simple four patch.
As I age, I’ve really found that there is beauty in simplicity. I’ve found that the pattern isn’t always what makes a quilt. It isn’t always how complex the design is. Sometimes it’s just good fabric selection. I think Mary and Connie’s four patch is a prime example of that.
I think my simple 6 1/2″ cut block quilt is a bit of that too. If you’re a new quilter, I hope you can embrace that…you don’t have to make a “hard” quilt to have a good looking quilt. It you’re making an easy quilt, then really switch your focus to awesome fabrics.
Here is a closer picture of the quilting….
This is one of my favorite motifs to quilt. I’ve done it often enough that it’s easy for me. Typically on a quilt like this that’s all squares and boxy to start with, I would have added a flowing more circular motif but my desire to do the boxes won out and I’m okay with that.
I bound it with a red fabric that had blue and green coloring in it. I think it worked.
The backing is a solid blue with a stripe of this fabric….again nothing fancy but it worked!!
The quilt has sat on the dining room table for a week. We’ve had VERY windy days here making is so hard to get photos. I finally decided that I was just going to have to fight the wind and try to get some pictures. It wasn’t an easy task….
Another not so easy task was getting Rosie to pose. For some reason she was full of (what Kramer would say), piss and vinegar. She would not sit and was doing zoomies all around the house.
In a quick moment I snapped this and that’s as good as a picture as I was able to get.
The quilt is simple…I thought I might send this on to charity…but I like the colors and quilting enough that I think it’s going to be a gift at some point. I could easily add some picnic supplies or a first aid kit for a car and it would make a nice gift…as a picnic quilt or as a car blanket for and emergency kit.
I’m so happy to have this quilted and finished and am truly surprised how happy I am with something so simple.
Before you go…I have a favor to ask. Lani saw this picture and is wondering if any of you have that yellow printed fabric in your stash.
She has been hunting for it and can’t find it. Lani writes, “The fabric is by Cheri Payne and it’s salvage reads either Button Button Designs by Cheri or Cute as a Button by Cheri. She used both names in her salvages. If you do have it, and can part with it..I’d gladly send you $ for it and the shipping, of course. ”
Here is a close up of the fabric.
Lani says that this fabric also came in red.
If you have some and are willing to share, Lani would love to hear from you. Her email is: email@example.com
Thanks so much everyone.