A splash of color on a dreary January day

Seeing this stack of rainbow blocks makes me so happy!

I’ve been working furiously on my Paintbox Quilt project these past few weeks, and last night I squared up all the finished blocks. I started squaring them up with my regular ruler and mat, but it was so tedious. Then I borrowed our rotating mat and square ruler from the sewing studio at work, and I zipped through all of them in an hour.

That’s a lot of trimmings! Look for the finished wall hanging in a couple weeks…


  1. Cat Lady - January 7, 2011

    I use my squaring up rulers and rotating mat all the time. I keep them right next to my sewing machine so I can square the blocks up as I sew.
    By the way, those skinny little trimmed off pieces can be used by birds when building their nests. I keep a bag close by to collect them, then scatter them on the ground in the early spring during nest building season.

  2. Lori - January 10, 2011

    Everytime I read this title I substitute January for “laundry” But it’s perfectly appropriate that way too. LOL

  3. Bette Law - January 10, 2011

    The idea from Cat Lady to help birds sounds good. I must try that. Thanks.

  4. Sandy B - January 10, 2011

    Wonderful colours for a wonderful quilt. My quilting friend Kathy, has one of those rotating boards and they are so easy to use.

  5. Kim - January 12, 2011

    Beautiful blocks!

  6. Traci - January 12, 2011

    Melissa – I love those colors! Really brightened my day! Can’t wait to see the finished project!

  7. erica K - January 12, 2011

    A rotating mat would be awesome! I absolutely love your pile of blocks…happiness squared. ;D