Sunday, January 29, 2023

Weekly update: a finish and a start


It's sometimes hard to realize that just three years ago most of us had never Zoomed.   This week I had three Zoom sessions --  on Wednesday,ALA Freedom to Read Foundation (two screens of participants); on Saturday, AAUW-Illinois winter board meeting; and on Sunday, Retired Members Round Table Fifth Sunday Book Club. ("Biography" was the prompt for this session.  Our choices were eclectic, from Maus to Prince Harry to Jimmy Buffett.)  

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I made16 framed four-patch blocks in each of the monthly colors for the 2021 Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I set the blocks last year.  Now they're a quilt!  60 x 60, 2-3/4 yds for the back and binding.  (I counted yardage for the blocks when I made them.)  

It took quite a while to decide on the fabrics for the back.

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I fell in love with African wax resist prints when I won a stack of  FQs (story here).   I've finally cut into them.   

The design is "This Way, Not That" by Jen Kingwell in her book Quilt Recipes.  If you look closely you'll see that it's a square-in-a-square block in offset rows.  

The pattern called for snow-ball style corners (corner squares on the center square) but that results in cutaway triangles and I don't need more of those.  Instead I'm using the Square 2 ruler by Deb Tucker/Studio 180.

Linking up with  Oh Scrap! and Design Wall Monday 

P.S.  This year's amaryllis is a triple.  




  1. You’ve really been on a roll lately, with so many lovely finishes. The African prints are a good choice for the new project. —- Sara

  2. What a lovely finish on your RSC quilt--congrats!! A triple amaryllis flowering--very pretty...
    hugs, Julierose

  3. I'm happy to see you are cutting into the African fabrics. I've been eyeing my big bin of those and planning 2 quilts. It's always fun to see what others are doing with them.
    Yes, Zoom was new for a lot of us. My daughter and I were doing 2 zooms a week back in 2020,2021 and when it came time for a visit to my pacemaker dr. I requested a zoom visit. The dr. was very impressed that I connected easily (and I was over 80!). I guess some of his other patients had trouble with it.

  4. oh yeah those african prints are gorgeous....i have a charm pack and a planned wall quilt for's on the list...LOL

  5. I love your framed 4-patch quilt top--such a pretty wash of colors! The Jen Kingwell design looks like a great pattern for your African prints.

  6. Love that Jen Kingwell design -- easy but dynamic.

  7. Love the use of cheddar with the African prints. So dynamic. . .

  8. I've never zoomed, internet speed here is really slow. I love those African wax resist prints, and think the pattern plus your cheddar and dark red/brown solid backgrounds are just perfect. This is going to be a fabulous quilt.

  9. Congrats on the RSC finish! What a lovely quilt. Pretty African prints. 'This way or Not' is going to be a beauty, love the design and fabric. Beautiful amaryllis.

  10. Great job on getting your RSC top together, Nann!!! And I love the backing you've pieced--so frugal! Your African resist prints are so striking--love them!!!

  11. Well, I've still never Zoomed! I guess there's never been a need. I love your new start with the African fabrics. Framed 4P made for a nice RSC project and quilt. And goodness sure used a lot of pieces in that backing! Good for you! I love piecing blocks but hate piecing backs but most of the time I have to.


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