Earlier this fall I was piecing autumn easy breezy blocks when I received a Thanksgiving panel via snail mail from Nanette. It was perfect as the center for these blocks.
Friday, November 27, 2020
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
I stacked some of the blocks in the bottom corner so I could use my chair again. Also a grandson wanted to play with the Lego's.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
I was determined to make progress on my hand projects this week and I did!
First the hand quilting. I binged watched season 4 of the Crown last Sunday then finished the last couple episodes the next day. I quilted all the way across the quilt. I originally thought this would take longer because of all the detail around the animals, but all the drama kept me alert.
Another corner of blue Stars Around the Garden has been appliqued, I'm picking up speed with the applique.
After the applique is finished, I will mark the quilting. Blue stars is the next quilt in the hand quilting frame.
I noticed these birds in these trees last week. They were really singing away.
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Friday, November 20, 2020
I've started sewing the rows together, I always forget how time consuming it can be to sew diagonal rows! Almost half the rows are sewn together. The top left corner is completed with the first 10 diagonal rows.
The blocks on the right are partial rows needing to be sewn.
A full layout with the rest of the blocks. I'll begin sewing more rows starting with the bottom right corner and working toward the center, leaving the 3 center rows for last.
The blocks take up the entire floor, I can't even sit in my chair at the quilt, I'm standing and leaning over the keyboard.
Here's a close up of the 4 patch the blocks make.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
The alternate pink/brown blocks are pieced for puss in the corner. I've started arranging the blocks on the display floor but I don't have room to distribute all the blocks at one time.
There are enough blocks arranged to sew 9 diagonal rows and I'm starting that process but I won't sew those rows into a section yet. I need to add brown setting triangles. I think I have enough brown fabric left from the border of scrappy barn quilt, if not, I'll pick up more the next time I go to the grocery store.
I had pulled the first two blocks of three diagonal rows on the top left side and took them to the sewing machine. Then I remembered I didn't take a picture, so I did. I didn't lay those blocks back down.
I've used all the original fabrics leftover from Wilfred & Cloves. I've pulled fabrics from the stash that will look good, not necessarily exact match but close enough. Some of these fabrics were in the ugly class (to me anyway!) but look much better when cut in small squares and sashed.
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Last week I made sure there was time for hand applique and hand quilting.
The first border corner of blue Stars Around the Garden has had the leaves appliqued and is finished. Leaves make such a difference! A start has been made on the second corner. The pattern for Stars Around the Garden is here.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
For my next project, I'm making a Puss in the Corner quilt utilizing blocks left from the Wilfred & Cloves quilt made several years ago. That pattern is from Creating Heirlooms One Stitch at a Time by Carolyn Konig. I made my quilt larger than Carolyn's pattern called for, I wasn't very good at figuring how many blocks I needed so there were leftover blocks.
When my daughter saw the quilt, she thought the blocks would make a pretty quilt by themselves without the center applique, so I put all the fabrics, blocks and partials blocks in a bag for someday. Someday is now here.
The above blocks were left from the original quilt.
I press the pink/brown blocks differently from the aqua-teal/red blocks so they lock together when sewing.
The blocks alternate so you have a 4 patch in the corners of each block.
I need a total of 263 blocks, the teal/red blocks have been pieced and I'm working on the pink/brown blocks.
I'm not planning to add a pieced border to the top and bottom of the quilt like I did for Wilfred & Cloves, I'm also not adding the applique either.
The pictures aren't placed where I want them but I'm not in the mood to argue with Blogger.