Avoidance sewing

March 10, 2008 at 7:43 am 13 comments

It’s amazing what you can get done when the in-laws are in town. Don’t get me wrong, they’re wonderful people who are sweet and kind to me and I’m lucky that I have them. But I’m sure at least some of you understand the whole in-law thing. Especially when they show up for a surprise weekend stay.

But I had some Joel Dewberry Manzanita fat quarters itching to be made into something…so here’s what I did with my weekend.


It’s the Snapshot quilt from the Happy Hour quilt book. I used 13 fat quarters and this went together lickety split. I must applaud the excellent cutting instructions in the pattern. They give two options (one for slightly small fats and one for full fats) which was so great. I mean, how many patterns really respect the fact that fat quarters (especially if you pre-wash) never end up giving you a full 18″x22″?

I have the backing done too…so now I have to pin baste and decide how I want to quilt this. Seriously – any suggestions? I’d love to just stitch in the ditch, but I think the non-quilted areas will be too large (the squares are 8.5 inches wide). But I don’t want to get too fiddly – because I don’t have the patience to stipple etc and because I don’t want to mess with the clean modern lines.

I bought the fat quarters through the Pine Needle Quilt shop. They do EXCELLENT quilt kits and bundles. I have their Hip to be Square kit too and it’s gorgeous. But you can also get a full Manzanita fat quarter set at the Fat Quarter shop.

Sheesh. If this is the kind of productivity I can eke out when the in-laws are in town, I should invite them up every weekend. Uhhhh…let’s just pretend I didn’t think that.


Entry filed under: Crafty, Sewing.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Magik Quilter  |  March 10, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    I love the colours and the sheer modernity of it…I think you should invite them to live with you…am still pondering the quilting.

  • 2. Rebekah  |  March 10, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    too funny about the inlaws!

    love the pattern of the quilt and the manzanita fabric! such a pretty quilt! wonderful job!

  • 3. celestinacarmen  |  March 10, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    I love the colors. It’s beautiful.

  • 4. kelly  |  March 10, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    i love it, so clean and fresh. the colors are great, i am so impressed that you accomplished this with house guests! -kb

  • 5. lucy  |  March 10, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    The colours are amazing. Looks like it’s a quick project!

  • 6. Janey  |  March 11, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Great colors. I just this pattern for my kids school fair you can see it on my blog. Mine was done in brights since they’re doing a Mardi Gras theme. I would use a beige thread that blends with your fabric and then do some sort of all over pattern, it doesn’t need to be tiny stippling. Good Luck.

  • 7. thedomesticdiva  |  March 12, 2008 at 9:52 am

    love it!

    I think the stitch in the ditch would be just fine on this modern quilt.

    With friendship,

  • 8. Alice  |  March 16, 2008 at 2:52 am

    I love this SO much! All your fabrics have me drooling lately.

  • 9. fiona  |  March 19, 2008 at 11:03 am

    love love love the quilt, can you send your inlaws to my house?? i think quitling different size circles randomly might look cool, a real contrast to the stright lines.

  • 10. Knitsational  |  April 26, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Gorgeous! I really love this.

  • 11. Rebecca  |  August 24, 2008 at 4:26 am

    I love that block pattern! It’s so kitschy and cool at the same time. I might have to try that with my untouched (as yet) stack of moda fq’s.

  • 12. rubia  |  September 17, 2008 at 4:12 am

    I love this quilt! I love the pattern of the squares, the material, the colors… I just love it!

  • 13. Meredith Staton  |  November 20, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    I love it. I also love to preserve clean lines. I think quilting in the ditch around the big rectangle, then the smaller rectangle, then “concentric” rectangles for the rest of the big rectangle (does that make sense?) would be great, although time consuming


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