Saturday, February 2, 2013

Scrappy squares & cowboys too!

Now that I'm well into my second semester at the University of Calgary, I'm finding it a challenge to squeeze a little quilting time into my day.  I did finish one quilt top, using 2-1/2 inch squares I bought two years ago in Kelowna, BC. My scrappy squares still needs to be quilted, so technically, it's not really a finish, but I know I won't get that part done anytime soon, so off it goes into the 'TBQS' pile - to be quilted someday! :-)

I have been working on my future son-in-laws quilt though.  I have a deadline for that one and it needs to be done in one month, in time for his birthday.  I've booked some quilting time with friends next weekend, so I'm hoping to get a lot done then.  Fingers crossed!


A close-up of my scrappy squares quilt.  There are 432 squares in this quilt top.  Putting this together was quite easy, as I made four-patch units and then sewed those together in a nine-patch formation.  Each block has 36 individual 2-1/2 inch squares, but only 9 four-patch blocks....that made matching up seams so much easier to manage! 

I added a 2-1/2 inch border of Kona Espresso, which I love.  I used up some ecru and red polka-dot fabric for the sashing.  You can get a peek at it in the photo above.

Here's a peek at my cowboy quilt.  I need to get the corner blocks done and then the center block.  I ran out of the horse-riding cowboy fabric, so I'll have to make something else...I've picked out a block called a Bear's Paw star, which I think will work.

Here's a closeup of some of the other fussy cut squares.  These images are replicas of old postcards that are printed on fabric.  Found them at my LQS a few years ago and were the inspiration for the quilt. 


  1. For someone attending university you still got a lot of sewing done. Good for you. Love the cowboy quilt, gives me an idea for some cowboy fabric I have, thanks!

  2. I like your version of a 9 patch. they are nice size sections that are easy to work with. I had to laugh at some of your ufos. You are being too hard on yourself. the Bento box would have been so different had you rotated the wiggly strips 90 degrees or used a differnt fabric in every other block. I did that quilt as a class , finished the top and stopped there, Mom finished hers from the same class and won a best of show ribbon at the fair.

  3. Good work on the cowboys, Im loving the way you're setting the squares! The scrappy squares are so pretty, the tiny touches of aqua really catch the eye!


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