Though I had planned to share my Temperature Quilt progress every Tuesday, here we are three weeks since my last update. Squirrels invaded my sewing room, and the temperature quilt was neglected for a little while. I think I'll revise my Temp quilt reporting plan to share just once a month, on the first Tuesday of the month.
The Red Scrap Squirrel was much more insistent that I expected. It's related to the temperature quilt though. It starts out with the same block and block layout. I shared the top a couple of posts ago. What became time consuming was the quilting. I generally don't quilt things very densely but this squirrel really liked playing with my Westalee quilting rulers.
I tried freemotion swirls in the white space but it looked too busy so I stopped before it was too overwhelming to pick out. Once I started straight lines, they turned into matchstick quilting. I love the look, but it's a little wee bit time consuming! The Sashlee ruler helped speed thing up a bit though, as it was really easy to line up at even intervals.
I quilted the borders with the 3" feather template and a circle where I wanted to switch feather orientation. That didn't take too long to quilt, though I wish I had spent a little more time planning what to do in the corners. One corner in particular has a weird gap in quilting.
I'm very pleased to report that this runner was made entirely from scraps. Even the batting, backing and binding came from the scrap bin! It's a small project, so it made a very small dent, but it's a dent, and a good reminder that I don't need to wait to have time to make a large quilt to use up some bits and pieces.
After finishing this on Sunday evening, I finally gave the temperature quilt some attention. I'm now all caught up to February 2nd.
The two block below the row are the beginning of the February row. I wonder how annoyed people would be if I wished for a few more colder days this month just so I could have a few more of those deeper blue pieces you can see in the middle of the January row?
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