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Update to Retro Springtime

Well spring and summer have come and (almost) gone.  After finally getting my daughter married off and things settling down at work I headed back to my sewing room!  The result was completing the quilt top for Retro Springtime.  Here it is (click on it to enlarge):

Retro Springtime Quilt Top

Pardon the poor lighting.  The colors are a bit more vibrant!  As you can see I finished it off by outlining the body in the 2.5″ white solid strips, then alternated yellow floral and red floral 2.5″ strips as the border.   Had I not totally stopped working on this it would have been something that could be finished rather quickly.  Instead, it sadly sat on my design wall while I ignored it for other things.  Well, the other “things” I’m quite happy got successfully completed:

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This quilt has always been intended for daughter # 2 (the matron of honor) who was gifted with a small lap quilt last Christmas and has been asking for a bigger one.  I’ll be visiting her in October so I’ll finish this up over the next week or so and finally, personally deliver it!

I have an idea that’s brewing for the newlyweds as well and will post that soon.

Hope everyone has had a great spring and summer!

Quilt in Progress – Retro Springtime

Long time no posts!  I let life get in the way of updating my blog and I apologize to anyone following.  Changes at work, planning a wedding for my daughter, no quilting time, etc., etc….

So I finally picked up where I left off on this fun quilt project.  It is not done but it will be soon (hopefully).  I call this Retro Springtime.  It all began with a jelly roll of 1930’s print reproductions, 1933 Chloe’s Closet by Moda, and a solid white Bella jelly roll.  I decided to design something similar to a stacked coin quilt.  Here was my thought process:

I picked out four strips from the Moda jelly roll that I thought complemented each other but also contrasted in value (darks and lights), then sewed them together along each long side with a 1/4″ seam.  Then I sub-cut each 4 strip set into 5 – 2.5″ wide sections (the “blocks” are 2.5″ wide by 8.5″ long) and 5 – 6″ inch wide sections ( the “blocks” are 6″ wide by 8.5″ long).  This leaves you with very little waste.

Retro Springtime 4 Strips Reto Springtime Cutting Sections

I continued to match up and sew together sets of 4 strips (ended up with a total of 10 – 4 strip sets) and sub-cut each set into “blocks” as above.  Now the fun begins!

I then picked out 8 different 6″ wide blocks that I thought would look good together and began sewing them end to end, with a 1/4″ seam, to form one long strip.  I did the same with the 2.5″ wide blocks.

Reto Springtime Strips

I continued to mix and match then sew together, end to end, sets of 8 – 6″ blocks, and 8 – 2.5″ blocks until I had 6 long strips 6″ wide x 64″ long, and 4 long strips 2.5″ wide x 64″ long.  The plan was to sew one white solid 2.5″ strip between each of the print strips (using a 1/4″ seam).  So now I just had to put each strip on my design wall and decide what king of striped pattern was pleasing to me. (I had some left-over 2.5″ blocks that I’ll probably use on the back).

I ended up with this arrangement:

Retro Springtime Design

As you can see I don’t have all of the white strips sewn in yet, but this is going to be what I call a structured, scrappy look :).  It was a fairly quick process to get it all together.  I just tried to make sure I did not sew things together in a manner that had the exact same prints next to each other.   I haven’t decided what kind of border to put around it yet, but I’ll be sure to post more when this is complete.

I’ll try not to stay away so long!  Thanks for reading.