As ever, when I don't know what to do, I make something scrappy. This time, my 3 1/2 " strip bag came out (and all those random ends of yardage that I poke in the strip box - I sat down and actually cut them into proper strips and put them in their baggies - it took an hour but was so worth it).
The pattern is from Bonnie Hunter's Playing with Jacks, although she uses 2 1/2 " strips, and has a more co-ordinated colour scheme. Mine is just two fabrics per block and all different! But with a central blue square, which tries, and fails, to tie it all together.
I made blocks until I got bored and then made a couple more so it would be square. The quilting is a pattern of my own invention that I'm calling four-leafed clover. Not naming it out loud, just for my endless internal monologues.
And the backing is one of my mother-in-law's old dust ruffles! Or valances? I am not sure what Australians call them because I don't think anyone has them any more. Certainly my mother-in-law has no use for them, so they came back to Canberra from Brisbane and are finding a new happy home as quilt backs. I've cut off the ruffley bits (well, der) and saved some for labels - nice pale solids will be great for labels. Speaking of labels, I named this quilt "Proceeding Gently" which seems appropriate at the time. (Internal monologues! Can spit out odd results).