On Sunday, do you ever look at your calendar for the week ahead and think, “The next six days are packed with work, housekeeping, and social obligations. I am not going to have much time for sewing/quilting.” Since this was my realization last weekend, I chose to focus on just one project, my “Mystery 2021” designed by Edyta Sitar.
Edyta posted clues for 4″ patchwork blocks on her blog, Laundry Basket Quilts, for twelve days in May. The clues are no longer available, but she will soon combine the instructions into a pattern. As I completed the blocks, I placed them on my design wall. And this week’s task was sewing the blocks together in rows, and then sewing the rows together to make the entire quilt top.
I finished joining the top half of the quilt on Wednesday at my church’s weekly sew day. The encouragement of my friends as well as the lovely blending of the quilt’s colors had me itching to finish the quilt top. But it wasn’t until Sunday afternoon that I had a few quiet hours to complete the lower half of the quilt and join the two halves together. I am so pleased with the outcome! The warm colors radiate from the center toward cool colors on the perimeter. Edyta facilitated this outward movement with “Double Four Patch” blocks, those with the tiny squares sewn on the diagonal.
This quilt was a fantastic project in which to use my extensive collection of Civil War reproduction prints and shirtings. Believe it or not, I still have plenty of hoarded prints . . . but I’ll need to shop for more background shirtings before sewing the next CW themed project.
Now to decide on a border. Do you have a color suggestion?