Let the sun shine in,

face it with a grin, open up your heart and let the sun shine in!

I love that song.

It is a beautiful, sunny, November day. First day of daylight savings time.

I have been working on my sunshine quilt lately.  The recipient likes yellow, so I just went from there with as many yellow shades of fabric as I could find.DSC04172

I added a few more after this photo, but you get the idea.  I started with 4 white squares, each chopped to be a random 5 sided starting block.  Then I just started adding 2″ strips of each shade.

round and round it goes, taking a lot more time than I thought, as always! Last weekend I had 4 lovely ombre rectangles complete.  Sunlight and fabric can make wonderful stained glass images.

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Ok, so four 36″ x 24″ rectangles, now for the layout. And no, I can’t just make it simple!

DSC04203 (1)That would be too straight forward, and kinda boring.  So I pulled out my cutter and ruler, took a deep breath and

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That was a little nerve wracking.  I have amazing ideas in my head, but will it turn out as well in fabric???

DSC04207That’s better, but still not enough, so I cut again…

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Yup, happier now.  All ready to baste and quilt for Christmas.  But unfortunately it is in line behind a few other things.

And for the glamour shot in the real sunshine.  My 8 year old got sore arms, but earned my gratitude.  What is that worth in mom bucks?

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I think I would have liked it to be more square, but didn’t have enough variety and volume of yellow fabric left to add to one side, and I don’t want a border. Tis what it Tis.

Slab vs Made fabric

Which do you like best? Sometimes there is a definite crossover, but I think of slab work as

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right angles  and all vertical and horizontal, maybe a 90 degree angle thrown in. I learned about slab work from Cheryl Arkison http://www.cherylarkison.com/diningroomempire/  and from when she came and did a trunk show at a guild meeting.  I have always loved having a way to use up every last scrap and this is certainly a great way to do it.

The other way I used to use up scraps is by making “made” fabric, as Victoria Findlay Wolfe http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.ca/ calls it.  Like this

010These are pretty much crazy squares too. They are also fun, but my order-lovin’ brain likes the organized slab much better.  I am always amazed when you take a random, same colour palette, pile of fabric and put them together, they all work together pretty well. Awesome.

And putting together scraps to make fabric seems to be a good thing.  When I first began quilting my hubby would ask “why are you cutting all that fabric apart, only to sew it back together?”  He knows better than to ask that question now.  Somehow quilting helps to keep me sane and we all like that!

Have a good week.  I am counting the days until I get another sew day.