On Monday, my day off,I spent some time at my sewing machine. I’ve been looking at some nifty dish drains online and thought of ordering one, but then I decided I’d save my $40 and make a pretty quilt to serve that purpose. After measuring the counter space I wanted to cover, I knew our Tuesday Tutorial HST blocks were the perfect thing!
You’ll need your five blocks, plus 4 background pieces cut 8.5″ x 6.5″ (I used twelve 2.5″ x 8.5″ strips)
Lay them out like so..And sew the blocks into rows. You can arrange your 8″ blocks however you like, but the 6″ friendship star must go in the center. On rows 1 and 3, sew the background rectange to the blocks with the 8″ edges together.. On the center row, note that you need to turn the background rectangles the other way, sewing the shorter ends to the friendship star.
I used a slightly different off white and I like the subtle contrast with the white in the blocks.
I then glue basted, using a fabric for the backing that I have been hoarding for 6 years. I LOVE this print, and I have very little left of it.I used two layers of Dream Poly batting in white.
I have been wanting to try some circle quilting for a long time now and I knew it was perfect for this little quilt. After about 15 circle rounds, I had to take it back to the ironing board and smooth everything back out again. Even though I basted, I didn’t let it dry long enough and in sewing circles, I had to handle the quilt a lot, so there was some shifting. I only had a couple barely noticeable puckers on the back. I used a walking foot on my Kenmore to do the quilting. I simply drew a circle in the center of the friendship star, and used the edge of the foot as a guide to keep spiraling out.
This backing fabric is one of my favourite prints ever. I used it for the binding too. Now I get to look at the pretty everyday!