Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Combatting Cabin Fever

Rag Quilt I made for Caleb
(Me, Caleb, Kelli)
We arrived home from winter travels on the first of April.  That is almost a month early for us.  The weather was great at first, but then the spring rains/snows started and we were stuck indoors for much of the time.  To combat Cabin Fever I made a couple of quilts and painted a little.

Starting of the Bedfordshire Quilt I made for my great nephew, Alex
Lots of cutting and piecing.

One square done, many more to go

Four squares make one block

16 Blocks make up the center 

Add 4 different borders, each one a little larger than the one before, to make a whole, then bind it.
I purchased this quilt kit from Craftsy, which included the pattern and fabric. I added the batting and backing.
I love the colors and quality of the fabric in this kit.

I painted as well.  2 small, 8x8" landscapes to remind me of the beautiful Sonoran Desert

And the colors of Capitol Reef

Starting the Rag Quilt for my stepson, Caleb

Each square is a sandwich of backing fabric, batting, and top fabric

It is called a rag quilt because all the seams show

One strip made of 7 blocks

All 9 strips sewn together

Each seam is clipped about every 1/4" to make it ragged.
There is no border on this quilt.  I stitched around the whole thing a 1/2 "
in, then clipped the same as for all the other seams.  Once the quilt is washed and dried on low heat in the dryer, it takes on the ragged look.

Happy Birthday, Caleb!