Remember the the Fading Charms ?
And remember my start with the sample pieces (approximately 1 1/2 inches approximately square)? The samples lasted through one side of the next-to-last pieced border. I had to cut about 120 more. When digging in my scraps I found MORE sample pieces, these were rectangles, but 1 1/2 wide, so I trimmed them. They were from the late 70s early 80s — I know because I remembered the store name and when I was shopping and ordering samples. The price was listed with each stapled batch and ranged from $3.00 -$3.60. Before you drool too much over the prices, just know it was a hard decision then, whether to spend that extra $0.60 for that special fabric, and my salary for teaching a year would have been somewhere around $6000.00 – $9000.00/year, depending on where.
Comparing the old and new samples showed how fabric design has changed. Most of the old ones were floral or polka dots. Many were two colors, then offered in pairs of light on dark and dark on light, then the same design in three or more other colors, again light and dark pairs. Pin dots and stripes were our blenders.
Finally I was ready to cut for the last pieced border and got out my June Taylor ruler.
It speeds cutting by allowing multiple cuts without lifting the ruler, then one lift to place it perpendicular to the previous cuts. Voila, multiple pieces. Of course you do have to remember the multiples of whatever size you are cutting. I do so much with varied blocks for sampler quilts that I don’t get to use it very often, but I certainly appreciate it when I do.
I decided on lime green, and really liked it until the last couple of borders. Lime green may be “the new neutral,” but it is not so versatile as the “old” neutrals. I still like it, but a few notches down in intensity. And the next time I make one, it will be with larger pieces.
This quilt will make a nice quilt to keep a child’s eyes busy. It is destined for a Sunshine (see link to the side) project, but it has to remain only a top to travel to a quilt retreat for show and tell; then I can quilt it after September. How nice to have a reason for not finishing…
12/19/14 Still not quilted. Linking up with Oh Scrap