Still playing with Bricks

I had a lot of questions about the size of the brick I’m using for the red/white/blue quilt and the quick answer is 2.5 x 4.5 inches although mostly I’m using 2.5 inch leftover strips — I prefer to strip piece my quilts whenever possible — and I had a bunch of leftover strips from both the Chevron Rail Fence and my Framed 9 Patches.  

This quilt is so simple it’s almost silly to write up instructions but I did post some brief notes on the website.


One patch quilts

I love one patch quilts and it just so happens that the leftovers from the Chevron Rail Fence top were perfect to recreate an antique quilt I found on eBay. It’s super simple and I’m flying through making the blocks. If it looks kind of sloppy up on the design wall it’s because I’m not pressing the last couple seams on each block until I have them placed where I want them.  


Another UFO finished

This one was just from last year – another HeartStrings project using leftover strips from the previous project.  

 I’m also getting ready to start the lace section on my Eyeblink shawl and I’ve started working on the ‘leftover’ quilt from the red/white/blue strips left after piecing the Cheveron Rail Fence. 


The binding was hand sewn yesterday and this HeartStrings quilt of mine is finished. It was started a couple years ago during one of our projects but waited a while for quilting so it counts as a UFO finish for me. 

I’ll definitely hit my goal of finishing 12 UFO’s this year which isn’t all that lofty of a goal but since most of mine are tops waiting for quilting I don’t mind having some – I’m most comfortable with 20-22 of them which is where I managed to keep it for years but since the longarm moved to GA last year that number has crept up some. It does help that I’ve been quilting the smaller ones here in FL either on my regular sewing machine or hand quilting using the big stitch method.  


Worried them to death

You can call them prayer beads or you can call them worry beads but I worried them to death! 


I ordered a new bracelet tonight – I don’t like being without it. 
We went to watch the Vikings game and then walked along the bay. The heat and humidity seem to have broken! 



HeartStrings is having a sew-in today in Roberts, WI and since I can’t be with them, I’m sewing along at home this weekend. Yesterday, I finished my Jelly Roll top and today I quilted a small HeartStrings top from a project we did last year using black and white prints with brights. It’s the first quilting I’ve done since the move so it took me 15 minutes to find my quilting gloves. 

Before I got started, I cut the thumb and index fingers out of my gloves. I’d seen that tip online somewhere and it was wonderful not having to take the gloves on and off but I still had good control of my quilt. Of course, I tend to cup my hands, using the palms and outside fingers for control so if you only use your fingertips it might not work as well for you. 


This was quilted in straight lines with my walking foot and rather than quilting in the ditch, I line the edge of the foot with the seam and quilt alongside it. I’ve quilted on each side of the horizontal and vertical seams between the blocks and then one line diagonally through each block. I don’t have much throat space and one of these days I’m going to look at a larger/faster machine for machine quilting here in FL but for now, my Elna is adequate for smaller tops and I love this older machine for piecing. 

All trimmed and ready for binding. Isn’t this backing cute?  I found it at Joann’s before I moved to Tampa – it was conveniently close to the apartment which was nice.  I’ve got another binding to do first and the plan is to get that one on later today so I can hand stitch it down while we watch football tomorrow. Both bindings will be done before I head to Big Canoe in a couple weeks. 


I don’t love it ….

….but I don’t hate it either. This jelly roll was a challenge to work with and I changed my mind about pattern and layout several times but my top is done. I do like the combination of the 16 patches and framed 4 patches and may play with the design in other fabrics somewhere down the line. The addition of a background/alternate fabric in the 16 patch blocks would have made this less busy. 


Back to my space!

I love sewing at Mom’s with her but her sewing room is set up to suit her not me so I’m always happy to get home and back to my space. One thing I always appreciate coming home to is my ceiling fan. Her room gets pretty hot (for me) when we’ve got the iron plugged in and are pressing but my room stays a lot more comfortable (for me) with the ceiling fan on. I also love that I have a view from my sewing table. 

Today I’m knitting on the Eyeblink shawl and making the rest of the blocks for the 16 and framed 4 patch quilt. There won’t be much to show for a few days but I’m working!


More quilts

Rae told Granny (my mom) that she needed more quilts the other day and she tried to claim the butterfly one that Mom was working on. Becky just sent me this picture explaining that this is why Rae needs them … She puts all her animals to bed with her blankets and afghans.  


I don’t need more fabric but somehow I couldn’t pass up these fat quarters that were on sale. I’m going to be home for almost 2 weeks and hope to make some progress on the long list of items needing finishing up but I’m too tired to do much more than read tonight.  



We drove down to NC today to see Mom’s sister. I would have taken some photos of them outside but it was raining so I didn’t. This one is from a visit a couple years ago.  


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