I announced that I'd given in to peer pressure decided to join the quilt along two weeks ago. I decided to make this a stash quilt and got my fabrics pulled. But real life got in the way and I didn't get anything more done than that. So when my first Tuesday update day rolled around I decided not to post an update because a stack of stash fabric doesn't look like a very serious attempt at joining a quilt-along.
Since I missed my first week's update, I decided that I'd better get busy cutting. Not too far into it, my snowball quilt . . . well . . . snowballed. It is now going to be two quilts. You know my motto. Go big or go home! My youngest sister is getting married at the end of July. And since we're on a bit of a tight budget right now (Mr. Bug, whose position at his job was recently cut, is starting his own business), I decided that hopefully all the love and time I put into a throw quilt for my sister would make up for money not spent.
You're probably scratching your head and wondering why I had to make two quilts instead of just making one and giving it to my sister. Well, just look at this:
Could you give all that rainbow-y goodness away? I didn't think so, and neither could I. I tried to part ways with it mentally, but since it started out as a quilt for
I'm using 6" (finished) blocks, a 1" (finished) sashing with little tiny cornerstone blocks in the rainbow of colors, and a 2" x 5" stacked coin border (I think that's what you call it), again in the rainbow of colors. The snowball corners and sashing is a pretty white on off-white floral vine I procured from the local JoAnn's at 50% off. I decided to use it for the back and binding as well since I got it for $2 a yard (wohoo! Have I mentioned that I love to get a great deal?!) I'm going for my own version of this. I'm going to use a 6 x 8 block layout, so the finished size will be roughly 53" x 67", a nice throw size perfect for cuddling up under to watch TV or read a book.
I pulled 21 colors from my stash; four of the prints are from JoAnn's (I know some people only buy at quilt shops, but I'm not one of those people), six are Modas (I L♥VE Moda!) and three of the six Modas are by Sandy Gervais (I L♥VE Sandy Gervais even more), nine of the prints are left over from aprons and there is even one print from the $2 table at Wal-Mart (they don't have that anymore and if they did, I don't think I'd shop that anymore -- I do have some sense of quilting propriety). One fat quarter (or quarter-yard cut) of each of the colors was enough to get all the pieces I needed for two quilts. I haven't bought batting yet, but the total (additional) out-of-pocket cost for both quilts so far is $17.95. Number of hours spent cutting: I'm totally not telling!