Saturday, April 27, 2013

Ready for Borders and Backing

I have finished assembling the blocks for the Star Struck quilt.
I used the method suggested by my Left-Handed Friend (see the button on my sidebar). I assembled the blocks as four patches; then sewed together those four patches into larger four patches. I found it to be a much more enjoyable process than sewing blocks into rows and then assembling the rows.

I think I will be adding borders. I want to add a narrow, solid navy and then add a wider dark print. I don't think I have the right fabric because I just finished my Blue Ridge Beauty with lots of blues. Oh dear. I might have to go fabric shopping.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Two-week Report

I've just kept my head down and sewed. I have been getting a lot done. First, I completed my bee's blocks for April.
Aren't they cute? Most of the fabrics were sent to me. I just needed to add a few 2.5" squares from my stash. I can't wait to see how these will be put together. I can just see a quilt set on point with these blocks. They are winging (or swimming) their way to Western Australia.

Next, I completed the Designer Mystery BOM block. It is block #11, so we are getting close to the end. I just love Vintage Modern.

Next, I have continued working on the project that I have consistently, and incorrectly been calling Blazing Stars. WRONG! It is called Star Struck. The pattern is available on Bonnie Hunter's website, Quiltville. I started this in a class I took from her when she was in Shepherdsville, KY in September.
I laid them out, sorted by the blues so I could assemble each group of four together with different fabrics. I think I have also successfully gotten them with different reds in each block, but I wasn't really trying to do that.
This is the last pile I need to get sewn into fours. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Here is my layout so far. The part that really bogs me down is assembling the rows and then connecting the rows. That always seems like such a chore.

I will be linking up today with the Let's Get Acquainted Linky. You will find it here and also at the Anything Goes Linky found here. I am also linking to the WIP Wednesday Link up found here. Won't you check them out and see if you meet someone new?

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Plugging Along

I have continued working on my WIP's. First, the Blue Ridge Beauty. I have gotten the borders attached.
I bought the inner border on sale at half price this weekend. The larger, outer border I have had forever. Literally. Here is a picture of the selvage I cut off the fabric.
Seriously. 1990. And that is not even the oldest fabric in my stash. Anyway, next step is to get the backing assembled and then pack this up and send it off to a long armer.

Next, Prairie Pines. The pattern is by Thimbleberries. It is purposely sewn scrappy. If I ever make this again, I think it will be more planned than scrappy.

This one is at least 15 years in the making. Seriously. I know which house we were living in at the time I was working on these blocks. We sold that house in 2000. It has been packed away since that move. It resurfaced on my radar since I set up the sewing room in this house. I attached the borders and cornerstones this weekend. It is now ready to be quilted. I think I can do this one myself. It is about 55x55 inches.

Next, I have worked on my Blazing Stars blocks. I started this project in September when Bonnie Hunter was in Shepherdsville, KY.
I was looking for some mindless, pedal to the medal sewing this weekend. I pulled this project out. I was happily sewing and enjoying seeing the pile of strips growing as I sewed and sewed. After a bit, I realized that my bobbin had run out and most of the strips on the floor weren't actually sewn together. Sigh. I refilled the bobbin and resewed all of those strips (the two piles at the top of the photo). I have no idea how many blocks I cut out of those strips. I really need to count them. I now have to add the white and red corner triangles to the blocks so they will be like the pile closest to the camera.

Good progress. Just plugging away. Teaching and work sure do get in the way of my sewing. I am linking up with Show and Tell Tuesday found here.

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