This week’s Project Quilting challenge is to make a quilt out of charm squares. I had a pack of 5″ squares from moda called Spring House. I thought it’d make a cute baby quilt. So I started by cutting all of the pieces at the same spot. This was done in groups of five so my rotary cutter would go through the layers. I used a piece that was already cut as the template for where to cut the next sets. I mixed the fabrics up and sewed ’em back together then made a second cut. And again.
I squared the blocks up and laid ’em out. Well, this certainly won’t make a baby quilt. It’s too small. There were some leftover charms so I cut ’em in half and sewed them into a long line. My art told me it wanted to be a springtime table runner. Sounded good to me so I went with it. 🙂
The chop and sew blocks became rows which alternated with the half-charm bricks. I was also working on a pansy-center log cabin quilt.
So what’s with the name, “Lemonade Mode”? Making lemonade when life hands you lemons is all about problem solving. Even more than that, it’s focusing on solutions rather than on problems.
I’ve been in lemonade mode recently and it’s helped reduce my anxiety and increase productivity. While I deal with some health issues I’m feeling fatigued. Instead of overextending myself I’m prioritizing and getting more efficient. My husband and I take turns cooking and make sure to plan for leftovers. I save up errands and do them all at once. (No driving across town just to do it again tomorrow!) I multi-task when quilting. Chain-piecing is great for this. My appointments are in the afternoon when I have the most energy. I read and write at night.
What problems have you solved / can you solve by switching to lemonade mode?
I went to the park today to photograph some baby quilts. I talked about using appropriate props in this post and aimed to do that. Things don’t always work out the way you think they will. The playground was crowded and I wasn’t going to ask all the kids having fun to get out of my frame. So I took the quilts back home and looked around my yard for other options.
My fence is actually a pretty good backdrop. I pinned a string of fabric on the back of each quilt for hanging. The strings loop around two nails on top of the fence where we hung Christmas lights last year. I like the natural look of the wood and the contrast it adds.
Here’s the front side of the above quilt. How cool is it that this crumb-pieced baby quilt is double sided?! The front has crumb blocks pieced into black, white, and red fabrics. The back has crumb blocks appliqued onto a green, red, and white floral.
Here’s a Raggedy Ann and Overall Andy quilt. I paired this sweet fabric with a solid red to merge modern and traditional. The chevron zig-zag looks a bit like a crown too.
This one is a simple floral patchwork. I’m working on two more baby quilts. (And I have several more in mind that haven’t yet been started!) One is for this week’s Project Quilting challenge. It uses only 5″ charm squares of fabric. I’ll be cutting them up and piecing ’em back together. Here’s the first cut. I have one week to finish and enter it.
Quilts and more are for sale in my etsy shop! Here’s a sampling of other baby-sized ones that are ready today. Want something specific you don’t see here? I specialize in custom orders. Let’s talk.