Ocean sapphires

This weekend I was all excited to do this month’s Rainbow Scrap Block. The colour is aqua/teal, so I went through my scraps and pulled out the fabrics I needed to make a pile of HSTs. Then I started cutting the white fabric for the background…

Then I ran out of white fabric…

With white, cream, black, grey and navy (our basic background colours), Mom and I buy them by the bolt. The bolts live at Mom’s, and I just cut off a few yards at a time as I need them.

But when I was there last weekend, I didn’t realize how low I was. I didn’t bring any home with me. And it’s not like before, when I could just pop up and get some at my earliest convenience. It’s a 2.5 hour drive now, and at $1.50/L for gas, even if I had the time to burn….

But with no white fabric.. I couldn’t finish the rainbow scrap block, or do the next round on the Round Robin quilt, or add the border to the gnome panel, or even start the new quilt Samantha just commissioned…

(Oh… that’s why I was so low on white!!!)

Since I obviously use a lot of it, I decided it was time to get my own bolt, and put an order in to MSQ. Sadly delivery isn’t instant, so I had to figure out what I was going to sew.

There was only one project on the go that I could work on, and that’s because I’d already cut out all the white pieces I needed for it. (In fact, that’s where the last of the white fabric went)

If you’ve been hanging around the Bearbottom Facebook page, you’ll have gotten a peek at this one already.

The pattern is the Chandelier Quilt. I first saw the pattern when ChrisKnits made one, and I fell in love with hers immediately. It’s the pattern I plan to use for my Kitty Corn quilt, but I thought it would be fun to try it out in baby size first.

I used some leftover charm squares from a fun ocean print line I bought a few years back (I made A Fish Called Rhonda and Sea Stacks with them) I put the blocks together in an afternoon the week before last. I had hoped finish the top before going to Mom’s for my quilt weekend, but I ran out of time. So, on Saturday (since I could sew nothing else) I laid it out and started sewing it all together.

I love on-point quilts, but they can be a little fussy to sew together. Happily, this one didn’t cause me any trouble, and it was together in no time.

It’s such a great looking top. And it’s going to be even better looking when it’s quilted.

Especially with this fun whale flannel for the back, and these cute little fishies for the binding!

9 thoughts on “Ocean sapphires

  1. Araignee

    I hate when that happens. It seems I always tun out of something and have to wait for a delivery. At least you had something very pretty to keep you busy until it gets here. That backing and binding is adorable!

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  2. Va1, Rupert is too cute. adore the b1ues and aquas and wha1es!!! Great mix.

    On Sun, Feb 13, 2022 at 11:04 PM Wandering Cat Studio wrote:

    > wanderingcatyarns posted: ” This weekend I was all excited to do this > month’s Rainbow Scrap Block. The colour is aqua/teal, so I went through my > scraps and pulled out the fabrics I needed to make a pile of HSTs. Then I > started cutting the white fabric for the background… Then ” >

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    1. Background stash fabric does dwindle quickly. Since most of my quilts are scrappy, I just mix and match when I am running short of a specific fabric. I like the chandelier pattern, but I’ve never made it.

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  3. Shirley Elliott

    I love your quilt!!! The colors and fabrics you used made such a cheerful quilt. Your backing is fabulous. I have had that pattern in my stack of potential projects.

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  4. jatshaw

    Looks like you have quite the “helper”! I love the whale backing; you are so good at quilting. I have had good luck ordering fabric from e-quilters. Maybe too good? Happy Valentines’ Day!

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