During the year I’ve been stitching the easy Happy Blocks using a pile of donated squares from my neighbour. Dorothy had such a lot of 5 inch squares that I sorted them into colours, and separated any designs I could use for donation quilts for children.
This quilt features blocks which would appeal to a young boy – wild animals, dogs, sport, music, boats, travel, that sort of thing. I had to find a few extra squares from my stash to give me the required number of squares. Each month when the Raibow Scrap Challenge colour of the month was announced, I selected suitable squares, rummaged around to find some co-ordinating strips, and soon had them stitched up.
Red and yellow/gold Happy Blocks
This week I’ve had all the blocks laid out on my design bed, rearranged them several times, then got stitching. For once Gemma didn't jump up on the bed to help, she must have been snoozing somewhere and didn't realize what I was getting up to. I really like using the webbing method, I know it’s been around for a while, but as usual, I was late to the party. In fact it took me a while to get it clear in my head, but now I know what I’m doing. With the blocks all webbed then stitched together, I added borders, and the top was complete.
The top is done
I always like to get the binding done early so it is ready and waiting. Scrappy brown and tan binding I decided, using up a fat quarter of an unloved cream and brown print which I knew I would never use. Then I added several scraps and strips to make it long enough – a good way to use up some of those small pieces hanging about. The binding is pressed and neatly rolled up, joining other bindings in a basket till required.
Scrappy binding done
I've really enjoyed making these Happy Blocks this year, and have found enough kiddies prints to make one for a boy and a girl next year for my Rainbow Scrap Stitching sewing. I’ll be starting a little later than usual next year as we will be doing a long caravan trip and I won’t be taking my sewing machine with me. But I’ll certainly be reading the RSC link-up each week in the New Year to see what projects everyone else is starting.