Daily Archives: July 11, 2019

Scrappy Sunscreen


Old (… cringe …) blocks put to use at last.

Oh what was I thinking! Where did these fabrics come from? I must have ‘acquired’ them some how, way, way, waaay back on this patchwork quilting journey.

I do remember using them to learn this technique, but obviously put the blocks aside in the depths of the stash. Not letting them go to waste, they made another piece for quilting decisions.

No, the corner points where the blocks meet don’t match and the blocks were not even the same size! Some creative ‘fudging’ was needed to put it together.

Although the main block has a strong visual look, I decided to quilt in the secondary ‘square’ pattern using Westalee’s ‘Spin-e-fex’ Quilting ruler. That would hold down the strip piecing seams. With so many mismatched colours perhaps a variegated thread would make a good choice. It was okay but the quilting got lost, so an echo in a solid colour helped make it pop out a bit more.

That left the centres of each block and the myriad of seams where the blocks join together. The Westalee ‘Stepping Out – Yin & Yang’ ruler made this part quick and easy.

Oh, and UFO #5 for 2019 is finished!

So why is it called ‘Scrappy Sunscreen’? Our car is also getting on in years, made before windows included UV protection for the interior. The back window ledge is exposed to fading, so not only does this provide protection but it helps find the car in the supermarket car park!

Yes it too will fade over time, and who knows what it’s next use will be – perhaps as a pet blanket?

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