Take that, January blahs

The other day I was up early for a work call, and then found myself free for the rest of the day. Of course, I decided to sew.

I wasn’t in the mood to work on any of my current projects, and I had an empty project box. I wanted something mindless. Well not mindless… there really is no mindless sewing (not like knitting) – but something simple… and quick.

I had two charm packs squirreled away with plans to use them to make a disappearing nine patch.

It took about an hour to fiddle with combinations, and  I finally ended up with six cheerful nine patches, ready to be chopped up and reassembled.


And that’s when things went off the rails… in the best way.

I decided that I didn’t want to do the usual (chop them in quarters, flip the pieces around, and then sew them back together). I wanted something different… but it DEFINITELY wasn’t mindless.


I did chop them into quarters. But instead of sewing them back together, I created four separate piles. I took those piles to the design bed, and spent the next hour or so moving them around to create the perfect layout. Then sashing and cornerstones were added, a couple of borders, and voila!


A colourful lap quilt (40″x 52″) perfect to chase away the January blahs. And another one for the to-quilt pile


I’ve got this crazy patchwork piece for the back, and some nice sunshiny yellow for the binding. I better get up to Mom’s soon!

10 thoughts on “Take that, January blahs

  1. Araignee

    That is so clever! I love that block but it does get boring after you’ve made a few quilts with it and I don’t think it always does a good job of showing off really nice material. You really came up with a really different look. I love it!


  2. Shirley

    That is a beautiful quilt design! The fabrics make me think of spring, sunshine and flowers blooming. You must be accumulating a good to-be-quilted collection of tops.


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