A couple of years ago I wrote about some very special baby quilts I made for the grandchildren of my friend Zuki. Seems that Zuki's grandmother, who lived in Hawaii, was in a sewing circle that got scraps from a factory that made muu-muus and Hawaiian shirts. She made a lot of quilt blocks from the scraps.
Interestingly, she made only one block, in varying sizes and fabrics. I've never figured out what the name of the block is, but it's a tricky one, with bias edges.
First Zuki and then I inherited this stash, and I made quilts for the babies.
But then came more babies, and I got sadly behind in my sewing duties. Finally, just before Christmas, I was in the throes of catching up on overdue tasks, and decided it was time to haul out the muu-muu blocks and see what was left. By this time the quilt-lacking baby count was up to four so I had to do an assembly line.
I was pleased to discover more blocks in the box than I had remembered. Perhaps they multiply in the dark. So I sorted through and found sets that seemed to go together. Here's an intermediate step in my experiments:
I had a lot of fun working on four quilts at once. Some of the blocks got swapped back and forth between sets. It seemed that making four quilts together took a lot less time than making one quilt four times, especially at the end with the binding and sleeves.
I think you always spend a half hour just trying to get yourself organized on those tasks, remembering how wide you cut your binding, deciding how wide to make the sleeve, remembering to thread your bobbin through the finger to increase tension for embroidering names, and such details. So doing it only once saved a lot of time.
I'll show you the finished quilts tomorrow.