Sunday, January 02, 2022

New Year, New Quilt

The tail lights of Santa's sleigh are long in the distance but it seems that I am not ready to say goodbye to red and green quite yet. An innocent scan of a few of my Pins on New Year's Eve day opened the door wide for the quilting squirrels and soon I was off cutting strips for Wintersweet.

It's an Irish Chain pattern from Cakestand Quilts of a few years ago that was originally made up in a wide variety of Fig Tree fabrics, which I love, but which are in short supply in my stash, so I opted to go with what I have and make it really scrappy (surprise, surprise). 

The beauty of scrappy is that the more variety you add in any given colour, the better the outcome, so I set off digging. In addition to cutting from yardage and larger scraps, a little scavenging through drawers and bins revealed a few scraps like the one on the left that were just big enough to give me one or two squares to work with. Love that!

Nicola has kindly provided a free pattern and tutorial so there was really no reason not to dive right in. It relies heavily on a number of strip sets to move things along quickly, and in no time I had several 2.5" strips cut and was off to the races. When I came to the end of my spool it seemed like a good time to call it a wrap for 2021 so I trundled upstairs, wished the Official Cookie Tester 'Happy New Year' and settled in for a long winter's nap. It looks like we'll by lying low again for a while, trying to stay out of the way of the Omicron variant, so I'm looking forward to working with this cheery palette to help pass the time.

I hope that you have a very happy and healthy New Year and that your days are filled with many creative diversions as you explore your quilting passion!....M


The Cozy Quilter said...

Looks like a great way to spend your time while avoiding Covid! Lots of pretty scraps!

Chantal said...

Finding little bits of scraps that fit perfectly in the project I'm working on is always worth a WhooHoo! I like this pattern. It is very calm and great to work on after all the hooplas of the past weeks are done. Enjoy! Have a wonderful, healthy, and quilty year. ;^)

Cynthia@wabi-sabi-quilts said...

Nice crisp project for winter and scrappy is always fantastic. We are trying to avoid Omicron too. Happy New Year '22!

Kyle said...

Congratulations on emptying a spool of Aurifil thread. That's a major accomplishment! Your scrappy red and green is a classic combo, not always a holiday theme. So you can work on it anytime. Have fun.