It CERTAINLY DOESN'T seem like it has been a week!
Time flies when you're having fun I suppose? I have loved participating with you all, and interacting with many of you who are participating in:
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The last two clues have been very doable for me in an evening's time. I certainly am not Speedy Gonzalez, but, having my colors specifically selected and sorted through larger pieces to smaller pieces have helped me when it comes to selecting the fabrics for each clue. Thus, the cutting goes faster, so the chain piecing goes faster.
This week we were to make 120 4 patch units for the smaller version that will finish at 3" in the quilt. There really are no tips or tricks to this. Bonnie gives such wonderful and thorough instructions for each step, it would be ridiculous for me to bore you all with a "how to make a 4 patch" tutorial. However, I will give this one bit of advice for giving your four patch units variety, especially if you are cutting strips from larger pieces of fabric. Cut your strips down to 10.5" length strips and mix and match that way. Not only are your strips going to be more manageable, but, there will be more ways to make variety, and get about "5" 4 patch units out of the 10.5" strip.
So without further adieu.............
Here is a sampling of my 4 patch units.
I see some sizzle and sparkle again, so I must be doing something right? Right????? LOL
Again, Bonnie's green is my gold, and her orange is my red.
This just makes me happy to look at!
It made me even happier to sew.......SEW RELAXING!
Several participants in this mystery have been coming up with ideas of what they think the quilt may end up looking like. I am very curious myself. One particular design caught my eye......
But, I know there will be at least two more clues as Bonnie let be known on her blog.
IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!!!!!
How on earth did that happen??????
So, I did get all of the memory quilts bound this week, and they are all ready to be given to their recipients on Christmas day. Wanna see them???
"My Grandpa's Shirts"
Made for my niece from her paternal grandfather's flannel shirts.
An easy Chinese Coins pattern was the inspiration to display the shirting fabrics.
Purple is my niece's favorite color, and a freehand wavy line was used to quilt it.
"My Grandpa's Shirts II"
Made for my nephew from his paternal grandfather's flannel shirts.
I used the same pattern and quilting, but, used my nephew's favorite color, blue, as the sashing.
"My Dad Taught Me A Lot"
Made for my brother in law from his father's flannel shirts.
I made this pattern up as I went along. I love the end result.
I will be writing this pattern up along with the other quilt I mentioned here that I
made for my brother in law's brother.
Just give me until after the first of the year.
I truly hope that these quilts will bring back fond memories for their recipients. And when they feel they are missing their, husband, father, or grandpa, they can go cuddle up in their memory quilt, and remember him fondly. It was an honor to be able to make these quilts. It was an humbling experience as well.
I hope you will remember with me the greatest gift ever given to mankind this Christmas season!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter