In my stash there were dozens of cream colored or tan fabrics. Some were in large cuts. Now I am not one that usually goes for tan hues in my fabrics, but I didn't want to waste fabric, especially free fabric. I needed to find a project that would make me happy with my cream colored wind fall.
I remembered a quilt that was done by Amadajean at Crazy Mom Quilts. She calls her quilt the Oatmeal Quilt and used all her creams to make it. She used the "slab technique" that she outlines in her book, Sunday Morning Quilts.
I have the book, by the way, and the quilts are simply lovely.
I decided to use my creams with a pop of color somewhere in the middle of the block. I though this could be representative of the colors of spring, like crocuses popping up out of the brown earth.
I browsed the slab technique, which is quite easy, and got started cutting, sewing, and fitting scraps into the design.
Part of the planning stage.
Pulling it all together.
All the scraps from trimming extra-long edges.
I love sewing quilt blocks this way. It takes some thought to put it together, but since no block is the same, it never gets boring. Since nothing has to be totally perfect, and points and seams don't need to match, it was a very peaceful and calming to complete this quilt top.
I say quilt top, because I still haven't
finished started the back yet. I want to take a break and do another project, and then I will get back to this one.
Here is the finished quilt top.
This is the quilt I am going to take a nap with when winter is driving me nuts. I will then be reminded that spring will soon arrive. (I really don't like winter.) I actually laid under it with my feet pointing straight up to make sure it was long enough to cover me from my chin to the bottom of my heels. That is why this picture on the hammock is so appropriate for my new napping quilt.
This fruit fabric is one of my favorites. There are several fabrics in here that have been in my stash for over 10 years and who knows how long they've been in my mother-in-law's stash.