I’ve moved on!

Yes I have…moved on to a new project *insert any cheeky smiley here*. Remember that post about procrastination? turns out I’m back right where I started …creatively procrastinating!  Meanwhile, I am giving myself a major pat on the back for successfully quilting this giant quilt with spirals that seems to literally take forever and thus completing the Quilt top! Now it’s time for that horrific part of the quilting process…Basting! If you have been following my Quilting process series then you know the next post should be about basting and quilting but for the life of me I can’t come up with a strategy for that post. I’m worried it will be such a lamentation that might scare a fellow beginner quilter to death and we definitely don’t want that *gasps*!

Consequently, I’ve been avoiding that post and instead I am gathering some awesome tutorials on basting and quilting that I’ll share in due time! Away from that post, I think I am generally avoiding basting anything bigger than a baby quilt! And to think I recently completed 2 double quilts…how’d I manage? You can read my lamentations here. I guess what I’m trying to say in essence is that I have come to the part of attaching the backing to my queen size quilt and I just can’t 😦 not in my current state of mind anyway (Quick note: I am starting to learn the hard way that using busy fabric that I can cut into without messing up the pattern is the way to go for my backing so I could “quilt as you go” the entire layer and only worry about joining the blocks. I guess I can’t eat my cake and have it seeing as I love using interesting backing for the quilts such that it can be reversible…hmm.)

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OK back to the purpose of this post…to share with you my new love until it’s time to baste anyway. I only meant to pull out fabric for my next project during my time away from my basting frustration and next thing you know I’m drawing patterns and cutting into fabric…yes you can say it – I lack self control and I know it too *tongue out* Enough said here is where I’m at in my new quest:

I played around with this pattern inspired by that Queen Quilt I was working on. I did change the pinwheel to square- in- a -square block to complete the 40″ storm at sea pattern…Google finally gave me the name of the pattern.
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That teal fabric with the anchor is my star fabric and I pulled together coordinating fabrics. I did replace the medium blue fabric with the dark teal pictured blow though
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I struggled to incorporate the little squares in the design for the corners. It’s not exactly the size I needed for either the pinwheel or the planned square-in – a- square block.
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Here’s my progress so far…2 more of the corner blocks to paper-piece, complete the diamond in the rectangle before piecing the blocks together 

I’m trying to figure this out as I go so wish me luck and I promise to keep you posted!

Thanks for stopping by and it’s midweek already…yayyyy! Do enjoy the rest of your week!

Sola 🙂

P.S: Paper Piecing is awesome! I started out with piecing the “square-in-a-square/economy block” the traditional way (see the bottom right hand of image above), Melanie of Catbirdquilts  has this amazing tutorial with cheat sheet  for that but then again my center square didn’t fit into any of the cutting chart so she was nice enough to offer more clarification via email…Thank’s Melanie. After struggling to piece it the traditional way and not liking the outcome, I tried paper piecing and WOW, not only was it much easier to put together but the accuracy of the finished block makes me so happy…post for another day.



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