Some people iron as they need something to wear, I iron on Sunday morning. And I sit while I’m pressing away with the television on. Most Sundays I am entertained by Jane Pauley as I watch Sunday Morning. This has been my habit for at least a decade. Maybe two. But if there is more pressing time than Jane time I’ll watch Sewing With Nancy or Quilting Arts.
Sewing With Nancy is entertaining and provides some simple approachable lessons, and there are retail opportunities to purchase the products that the program is focused on from Nancy’s Notions. Of course, if your are a good note taker you don’t have to purchase, but again, the opportunity is there. Much earlier this year I was watching and this creative quilter, Judy Gauthier, was Nancy’s guest. She showed this adorable quilt called Packages, Boxes, and Bows. Very colorful and a great use of scraps. So was her Color Brick Road and Rectangles Squared quilts. But she got me with Fretwork.
I enjoyed working on this so much that I made two tops and cut a third. This will be a wonderful charity quilt! This is my smaller version.
The instructions are for a baby quilt that finishes at 60 1/2 x 75 1/2 which I find huge for a baby quilt. When I finished the first top I decided that for my purposes it doesn’t need to be that big. Mine is 45 1/2 x 60 1/2 and plenty big enough for me to quilt. It’s also a great size to have in the vehicle or for a toddler to drag around.
You’ve got to love the simplicity of a nine patch!
The “pieced” blocks are done reverse applique, and we are instructed not to overthink the process and allow the blocks to be wonky to add more whimsy and visual interest.
What I liked was I had everything I needed. I didn’t have to go to the store as the pieces are small 5 1/2″ squares and 4 1/2″ squares. What made me a little uncomfortable was the chance that there might be some raw edges in the corners if I didn’t pay close enough attention to that pressing. Then again, these are not meant to be heirloom pieces, just working quilts.
And look what I had in my stash for the back!
Was this perfect!?! I’m over the moon that it’s done.
The name of the book is Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers by Judy Gauthier. You can get it at Nancy’s Notions, https://www.nancysnotions.com as well as other retailers. The book was released in 2017 so it might even be at your local quilt shop.
There will be others to show from this book in the next couple of years.
Oh, and have a Happy New Year!