21 in. by 25 1/4 in.
I finally got my challenge quilt done, and in time for the reveal picnic too! Makes me wonder why I stall so much when I have to scramble to be done in time. Read more about this project here and here.
The Potter came up with the name for this, and I love it! You know the saying . . . "when life hands you lemons . . ." Perfect fit, isn't it? I'm really happy with this - it finished up much better than I thought it would in the beginning. I don't even see the Ugly Fabric (lemons) anymore!
I dipped into my scrap bin for all the fabrics for this quilt. I went way back in time for some of these fabrics. I guess I now know why I'm saving all those old fabrics. "Old" being a relative term - most of these are from the 90's, so technically not that old. They are slowly getting used up. Good thing too, because I'm getting tired of some of these fabrics. And some I still love and enjoy. But I'm not really into that antique-y look anymore. I crave bright happy colors and fabrics now.
Of course, I only have to look at the back of this quilt to see the lemons. I had to include them in all their ugly glory, just so I can remember which ones they are. The scraps of the lemons went in the trash. Nobody wanted them! And the other fabric? I used up a half yard of some unloved fabric in my stash plus a little extra of another. You can see the quilting I did better on the back too. I used white thread in the light parts of the log cabins and a dark blue thread in the dark parts. I wanted to emphasize the zigzag design of the log cabin blocks.
I ended up making 99 half square triangles because I had no idea how many I needed for the borders. The first ones I made weren't even close to being enough. So I cut and sewed and cut and sewed until I had over 10 feet of half square triangles! Yikes! It was a staggering amount, to my mind, especially for such a small little quiltlet.
Dunkel wanted you to be able to judge the size of the quilt quickly. Also, it didn't have enough cat hair on it. Maybe not the most flattering shot of him?
I did manage to get a shot of his "better side". He hates the camera.
14 3/4 inches square
|both "lemon" quilts together|
Today I'm making and attaching labels to a few quilts that will go to the county fair tomorrow. My labels aren't fancy or elaborate in any way. I subscribe to the theory "finished is better than perfect". If I waited until things were perfect, they'd never get done. You'll notice that does not rule out doing it at the last possible moment. *ahem*