Echino Squared

Echino Squared

I think my hands are finally defrosted enough to write this post. Just when I thought Mother Nature couldn’t make it any harder to take quilt photos, she threw us 2+ feet of snow (3+ foot drifts!) and I’m pretty sure it’s about 10 degrees outside right now. And I seem to have misplaced my gloves. But of course that wasn’t about to stop me from braving the elements and getting a picture of this great new quilt. I know I looked hilarious out there, dragging a clothes line, clothes pins, my camera and a quilt through all that snow in my backyard, practically falling every other step.

Echino Squared

I bought this Echino fabric a loooooong time ago. I was scared to use it on the wrong project. It’s just a *tad* pricier than regular quilting cotton. Finally one day I was sketching out ideas and came up with a design I thought would feature the large scale designs and bright colors perfectly.

Echino Squared

Each block is 9″, making the final quilt 54″ x 72″. I quilted this one with straight lines 1/4″ on each side of the vertical and horizontal seams with a 3.5 stitch length. My initial plan was also to do diagonals through all the blocks, but I did one and wasn’t feeling it. I picked those stitches out and called it a day.

Echino Squared

The binding is a Kona cotton with a bit of Echino pieced in on the top left. The back is a selection of Kona solids mixed with large blocks of Echino prints taken from the front. The white used on the front and back is actually Kona Snow – a softer white.

Echino Squared

Call it cabin fever, but I just picture the kids and me lounging on this quilt in the sun when it’s about 75 degrees outside.

And to celebrate finally using some of my Echino stash, I plan to have an Echino giveaway on my blog later this week. Be sure to check back to enter!

Organized Chaos…Echino Style

Echino

I finished my Echino quilt top last week, after practically a 6 month break. I’m not sure why it took me so long to pick this one up again, I really love the Echino patterns and colors. And I even have enough fabric left over to make something else fun…perhaps an improv quilt like Elizabeth?

I will be working on the back this week…still throwing around ideas in my head. I’m not sure how to quilt it either, any suggestions? I do need to get to the store to buy batting today. The snowpocalypse is on the way to Chicago and I’m getting excited for a potential 18+ inches of snow!

Problem Solved

Today my husband asked me to see if his keys were in my purse. My purse…which may look like an ordinary purse to the passerby but is really a toy box/snack carrier/diaper changing station in disguise. As I was digging through toy after Cheerio after diaper after sunscreen, I was getting more and more frustrated. I decided it was time to do something and get organized. And what better excuse to cut into my new Echino stash and create a new zipper pouch! Now I have a hip way to organize all those Little People, wooden cars, and anything we “need” to have at a moment’s notice to keep the kids busy.