I started putting together a new small quilt sample for display at Bear Patch. We have had a couple of samples of similar quilts that use a raw-edge applique technique that have been well-loved by our customers. This is another version, called the Vintage Circle Quilt from Yoyomama. I picked these 10 fabrics for the baby quilt--
This design requires cutting pieces from a template shape. I wished for a nice acrylic template that I could have used for rotary cutting, but alas, there is none. So I traced the shape onto some regular template plastic (shown in the bottom right of the picture below) and did it the old-fashioned way. I laid the template on the wrong side of my fabric and drew around it with a pen. I used a Frixion pen, so in case there was any ink left after cutting, it would disappear with ironing. With a good sharp scissor, I was able to cut 4 at a time. I needed 100, and it really didn't take so long. I caught up on a recorded Young and Restless episode--I started watching that show back in 1973 in the dorm, and have stayed in touch ever since! I can get through the 1 hour episode in about 40 minutes with my finger on the fast forward button.
Those little triangle-ish shapes get arranged something like this on a solid background--
I have also been making some progress on a bunch of blocks started last winter, shown below on my design wall in their current state.
They are going to look something like this--
Even though I am using all batik fabrics, and the pattern picture is all civil war reproduction fabrics, they share a strong resemblance. I still have a bunch of little 4" blocks and filler strips left to do. Some of them are all cut and bagged.
I find it helps to do a cutting session and then a sewing session, rather than mix the process. These blocks have a lot of little pieces, and I am labeling them according to block number and placement. I am up to #22!
Speaking of batiks, I posted a nice video about the making of batiks over on the Bear Patch Blog. Hop over there and take a look!