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Shabby Chic Mega Project

My guest room is painted white. The bed covering is white. Why? It makes for a peaceful blank canvas that I can embellish with pops of color. My bed scrappy bed skirt is one.

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A scrappy decorative pillow is another. The rack of quilts on the wall certainly add color as does a wall hanging. I have decided, however, that I want a quilted bed covering but want to keep the “white” look.

I love white on white fabrics – perfect for this quilt! I purchased as many different white on white and off white on off white 1/4 yards as I could find. I also set up my featherweight for this project – it is a dream to do lots of straight stitching on!  I am now making hourglass blocks, alternating the white and off white in each block. This is how I construct my hourglass blocks:

First, put two fabric squares right sides together. Draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner. Sew a 1/4″ from the drawn line on both sides of the line. Cut down the center between the two sewn seams; press each section, seams open.

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Now cut across each sewn block, corner to corner, across the sewn seam:

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IMG_0766Place the half squares together as above – note the contrasting fabrics are placed opposite each other. Stitch together, press open seam.

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The completed block

IMG_0771 (Large) I have made great progress on this project, but it will be quite some time before it is completed. I plan to put them all (all 180 blocks that is!) together as a rag quilt. Eighty blocks are made and the other just need one seam sewed to make the last 100. I’ll then quilt each block separately, sew them together and begin the clipping. What are my chances this will be on the bed in time for Christmas??!