This is the baby quilt, in pieces, for my coming grandbaby, and this is how the blocks looked yesterday morning. About half were sewn, the rest needed two seams to become blocks.
By bedtime last night, all the blocks had been sewn and pressed. I didn't have enough of Edyta Sitar's Hops fabric for sashing, couldn't find it locally, and knew that ordering it would set me back at least a week. So I used a red/pink/white striped sashing that had been a shirt. In real life it's really close to, just a tad darker than the color of the Hops fabric. I like it and am happy with it.
This morning I laid out the blocks. I truly wish I could get a good photograph of these blocks: they are full of light. There are a few that I may replace--darker ones--(or not) or rearrange (probably). As I look at the blocks now I see that I could have sewn four squares together and added the sashing and cornerstones around the outside of them. It probably would have helped with color balance. That's a lesson to use next time.
After the blocks are sewn I'll decide the size of the circles to be appliqued to the center of each four blocks. It's hard to tell which size will be best because the unsewn top is not the real size, but if I had to decide right now I would use the smaller circles which have 3" diameters or the medium which is 3½" in diameter.
There's plenty of pinning, sewing, and pressing before I try out circles with real fabric, though.
I searched for flannel at the local quilt shop and found the perfect fabric--in a bib, with none of it on a bolt. So I came home and searched online (for a long time) before I found this, from Michael Miller at fabric.com. (What an efficient and speedy company!) To give you an idea of size of the images, the bunny in the buggy with the girl is about 3" wide.
It's hard to tell about fabric when looking online. For some reason I didn't realize that the orientation of the images was vertical. I bought enough and extra for the back but I envisioned cutting the length into two pieces, sewing them together, and having the seam go horizontally across the quilt instead of the length of the quilt. I'll probably have to match the motifs for the quilt back for continuity, which I would have had to do anyway.
I'm all set with batting and thread. I bought Quilters Dream Cotton Select batting at the recommendation of others. The batting I've used in the past is no longer available, at least not where I used to buy it. When this one is recommended by others, how bad can it be?
All this to say that my One Monthly Goal for March is to
> sew those 30 blocks, above, into a quilt top
> decide whether or not to applique circles and if so,
> prepare and applique them to the top.
It would be great if I could have this layered and basted, ready to quilt sooner (which could happen) but that's not part of my goal this month.
I'm linking this to One Monthly Goal March link-up at Elm Street Quilts. Thanks for hosting, Patty. I really appreciate having this motivation to work a little faster than I otherwise might.