Rockin’ Rectangles

This fun quilt is my squirrel for the month and my one monthly goal. I just knew I wanted to finish this. It has been a long time coming.

My friend, Rose, who blogs at Something Rose Made, sent me some of her leftovers from a project sometime ago. She thought I had downsized myself out of fabric and that I needed some Cotton & Steel Scraps.

Kiwi and Mango Tango Bundle Buster

Well the scraps were 3.5″ wide and various lengths. I didn’t have any others like it in my stash and so for a long time it sat. Then, I thought why not just work with what I had. I saw this quilt by the instigator, Rose, and was pretty sure it would work.

Rose used Yvonne Fuchs pattern Bundle Buster which is meant for fat quarters. I didn’t have fat quarters but knew I could do an adaptation of Yvonne’s pattern. I played a little in Electric Quilt 8. It wasn’t easy as I didn’t want to worry about precise piece counts, so I just decided to wing it in the end. I figured 3×4 12″ squares would work.

What is the difference from Yvonnes and my pattern? As I finally started cutting I knew I was short; so make it work! Mine would be a rectangle. I wound up not having enough to make the square the size I wanted so I thought, I’d just go with the rectangle, 9”x12” was the finished size.

Then I quilted it on Tabitha, my HQ Sweet Sixteen using my ProStitcher. The quilting is so nice, I love it. I ran into a few bumps, really, bumps! One was caused by my machine running into the rails, and resetting itself (I swear it did) to a 1% speed. UGH. I thought I broke it but 2 techs later, we figured it out. Their service is awesome!

The batting was an 80/20 Hobbs Cotton batting*, and you can see, the definition is terrific. I used Superior So Fine 50 wt poly – #408 grey on the top and on the bottom a light blue #494. The thread was perfect throughout the quilting.

I love the way it turned out and am so glad it will go to give a child comfort.

Rockin’ Rectangles 37″ x 47″
Pattern: Adapted from Bundle Buster by Yvonne Fuchs
Pantograph: Fluffy Clouds
Batting: 80/20 White Cotton Bleached Batting
Piecing Thread: Aurifil #
Quilting Thread: Superior Sew Fine #404, 494

I have been here a lot….end of the year clean up and beginning of the year blogging. As you can see here are blogs every day between now and Saturday….then I will be quiet for a few days but I am so excited about my Linky Party – a hint is available in the Coming Up section (on the 22nd)…just to keep you guessing. But remember, the 22nd will be an important part of the equation!

Coming Up: 
Barn BOM (1/1)
Best of 2019 Linky Party (1/2)
Announcing a Linky Party (1/3)
Awesome Ocean SAL Block 4 ( 1/4)
Tutorial on Converting Picture to Mosaic in EQ8 (1/22)
2020 Monthly Color Blog

Linking Up:
One Monthly Goal December Finish
What I Made Monday
December UFO WIP Link Up
Midweek Makers
2019 FAL Q 4
For the Love of Geese
Wednesday Wait Loss
UFO Busting #89

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  1. December 31, 2019 / 12:42 AM

    Oh, I have that pattern waiting in the wings for all of the Blogger Bundles I have. Now I want to make one, but I’d best stick with all the other projects on my sewing table right at this moment. There’s always another fun project! Your quilt turned out just lovely! That Rose – she’s just the best, isn’t she? I think she is a squirrel delegator – she packs up her squirrels and sends them to us. Hahaha!

    • kathleenquilts
      December 31, 2019 / 1:20 PM

      It is so easy. Stick to the plan but remember to add it to the list. I put it off for so long for no good reason. Squirrel delegator is an awesome title!

  2. Laurel
    December 31, 2019 / 6:55 AM

    That is a beautiful way to use up coordinated scraps! The quilting design fits the whimsical nature of the quilt. I love it! I’ve enjoyed reading your posts this week.

    • kathleenquilts
      December 31, 2019 / 1:08 PM

      Thanks, Laurel. I like this idea a lot for a quilt and you can go as big as you like with blocks. The quilting design is a fun one isn’t it? My email wasn’t getting sent & now I have one nearly every day. It will quiet down soon.

  3. Cocoa Quilts
    December 31, 2019 / 8:01 AM

    That Rose is a stinker!!! I love the big pieces and that piece of fabric with the state names is one of my favorites!! Nice job with that finish before the end of this decade.

    • kathleenquilts
      December 31, 2019 / 1:06 PM

      Rose is too funny! I hadn’t thought of this being an end of the decade finish.

  4. thedarlingdogwood
    December 31, 2019 / 8:16 AM

    I love that quilting pattern with the 6-pointed stars! Beautiful!

    • kathleenquilts
      December 31, 2019 / 1:05 PM

      Thanks! It is one on the HQ Prostitcher and I love it for kids quilts.

  5. December 31, 2019 / 8:18 AM

    Love your latest quilt, Kathleen! Great quilting, despite the glitches. I’m looking forward to the 3rd!

    • kathleenquilts
      December 31, 2019 / 12:09 PM

      Thank you, Nancy. The glitches weren’t bad, just annoying and the one where the machine stopped was a little frightening.

  6. Vicki in MN
    December 31, 2019 / 9:12 AM

    Glad that you were able to work everything out and make a cute and useful quilt. That looks like a great pattern.

    • kathleenquilts
      December 31, 2019 / 12:08 PM

      It wasn’t so bad, but a few things I would change. Unlike my scraps, Rose sent a good variety so it was pretty easy, once I put my mind to it. It will become a go-to pattern I think as I spent more time worrying it than sewing it.

  7. December 31, 2019 / 11:15 AM

    Super finish and I agree with Emily – fun quilting motif. I also have that pattern and look forward to using it sometime. It is a fun one for a collection of favorite prints since the strips are rather wide. Cute!

    • kathleenquilts
      December 31, 2019 / 12:06 PM

      It is a great pattern and so fast. That quilting motif is one on the computer guided piece for my longarm and is already a favorite for kids quilts!

  8. December 31, 2019 / 5:11 PM

    Hi Kathleen! Well, I can see why Rose had to send you some fabrics. You poor destasher you. And such fun prints – I adore the one with all the states names on it. You did a good service to those fabrics and to Rose! It turned out pretty darn nifty, and the quilting! Totally enhances the pattern but oh how scary to have the machine reset itself. I would have been crying – I’m glad they could get it fixed so quickly. Happy New Year to you my friend! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      January 2, 2020 / 9:20 AM

      It is a great group of fabrics. I love the way it turned out – and the quilting is fun! I will get the hang of it so I don’t set it off to quilt without being at the right starting point! I somehow “caused” it but they were concerned that it could be something they should fix – I did like that!

  9. December 31, 2019 / 8:37 PM

    This is such a cute and easy quilt. I’ll be adding it to my list of charity quilt ideas. I have so much stash that I am on “no new” fabric until I get some of this sewn into quilts. Fortunately I have several organizations I make quilts for, and I plan to be productively creative in 2020 (and beyond). I found you through Rose’s blog. Happy New Year!

    • December 31, 2019 / 8:44 PM

      I am so pleased that it is inspiring. Believe me it is easier than the big deal I made it into. I am so glad you found me via Rose; she’s a dear (if not a squirrel relocator!).

  10. January 2, 2020 / 5:54 PM

    A great finish Kathleen!

  11. January 3, 2020 / 1:19 PM

    It turned out beautifully! I love your ‘make it work’ attitude on this one 🙂 Thanks for linking to TGIFF this week!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 5, 2020 / 8:52 AM

      Make it work does help sometimes doesn’t it. Always nice when I have a finish for one of the TGIFF parties.

  12. January 3, 2020 / 7:31 PM

    It is a good feeling to start using up what has been lying around for ages. A great result.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 5, 2020 / 8:51 AM

      Thanks, Karen. I am glad to have this one off the pile and even more pleased with the result!

  13. January 3, 2020 / 7:31 PM

    it’s a nice finish and a good use of scraps.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 5, 2020 / 8:48 AM

      It is and it is a fast one to put together.

  14. January 4, 2020 / 7:57 PM

    Thanks for also linking up to Finished or Not Finished Friday! You have a lot on your plate and this quilt is so great!!!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 5, 2020 / 8:47 AM

      Thank you! It is good to keep things moving!

  15. inquiringquilter
    January 7, 2020 / 8:57 PM

    You really made it work! And the quilt is so wonderful and cuddly, it will provide great comfort. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 8, 2020 / 10:04 AM

      Thanks, Jennifer. It is a great quilt and I am so pleased with it and do love to share on WWL!

  16. January 8, 2020 / 11:26 AM

    How lucky were to receive such colorful scraps. It turned out beautiful and I love the quilting, its a perfect pair. Thank you so much for linking up to Put your foot down.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 8, 2020 / 9:29 PM

      Thanks, Denise. It was a great gift and will be a great comfort to someone.

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