Friday, March 12, 2010

"Gerry Made Me Do It" top is done!

My Gerry inspired "Little Red Zinger" quilt is done! Okay, just the top is done but that was quite an undertaking. I did not work from a real pattern, just some basic instructions for a 9 inch block on Karen Griska's blog. My blocks are 3 1/2 inches finished.

I had a little more time than I thought to sew today so I was able to finish it. Tomorrow, I'd like buy the backing and binding (red) and sandwich it. Not sure if I will have time to begin machine quilting it or not. BTW, any suggestions how you would quilt it?

The top measures just over 28 inches and each subunit block is 3 1/2 inches square. The strips are approximately 1/4 inch wide (finished). I incorporated as many selvages from my stash of fabrics as I could. I also need to straighten the border edge. Do you think its a little wide? I'm thinking of trimming it down a half inch. What do you think?

Now why did an e-mail from Gerry inspire me to make this quilt? Gerry's been telling me how she's not going to save those 1 inch strips anymore because that's how her "saving problem" began!

Well!!! That was all I needed to hear and so I set about cutting 3/4 inch strips. One inch strips, those would have been too easy. Me, have a saving problem?!? Ha, I can still walk through my house so I must be OK. Furthermore, I can still see the carpet! Oh yeah, Gerry made me do it.

Rats, just read an e-mail from Gerry and she guessed what it is. I think I felt too sorry for her and gave her too many hints! Next time I won't be so easy on her.

Its been fun but like I wrote earlier, stop me before I ever do something like this again! Oops, I have got to go. Thanks for your patience and for humoring me!


  1. Alright, Alright, Mayleen.
    You did give me hints,
    BUT it took the last and biggest hint you gave
    before I found the answer. Thanks to The Internet ! ! !
    Mayleen, you are a marvel. Three-quarter inch strips - are you mad ? ? ? ?
    YOUR QUILT IS WONDROUS - truly a treasure. it really does look like a gem. Your inner border shines to beckon me right into those gems upon a sea of red.
    You created a beautiful scrap string, can you believe it, scrap string beauty.

  2. What a lovely piece of art. It reminds me of looking through a kaleidoscope. I don't have a clue on how I would quilt this, I don't think it cries out for a lot of quilting. GOOD JOB on keeping us guessing.

  3. Your quilt looks fantastic. It is so bright and colourful. Looks like a lot of work and I'm amazed at how quickly you finished it. Well done!

  4. OMG! This is fantastic. I can't believe it and bottom line is I'm jealous. Wow - Gerry should be very honored. (And I know she is.) Love it!!!!!!!!