Do you keep a basket of treasured fabrics? A basket of Lotta Jansdotter and V Christenson fabrics live in my sewing room. They are my special fabrics since I adore both designers. My pink basket of V Christenson fabrics have gone with me every year to my quilt guild’s retreat. Last year this quilt was created at the retreat.
This year I was determined to use a jelly roll stashed deep down in this basket to create Cluck Cluck Sew’s Diagonal Strip Quilt. It’s been on my to make list for a couple of years. Since I am aiming for 40 baby quilts this year, it seemed easy enough.
At the retreat I had a chance to get started on it. Some of my strips were not full length so I adjusted and just went with it. A stack of blocks was created and I was so excited to lay them out.
However, I had a few left over halves and unsure what to do. These blocks were not enough to make a baby quilt. Rather than get frustrated I changed the design. I cut all of the blocks above into half.
To utilize all of the halves I had, I just pieced them together randomly. The new design was perfect and big enough to be a baby sized quilt.
I posted this picture during the retreat after a brief snow storm. After I wrapped it on a bolt and left it to sit. Once my machine was back from it’s spa treatment I was ready to quilt this.
A number of quilting options were tested on this. Ultimately, I went for straight lines. I backed the quilt in the purple zig zag print.
The binding on this quilt is my favorite part. With the leftover 2.5″ strips I pieced together this scrappy binding and machine pieced it in place.
Here is the finished product in it’s quilted goodness. It came out of the dryer all crinkly. A freshly washed quilt straight from the dryer is my favorite part of the creative process.