Monthly Archives: April 2013

Framed 4 Patches

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Someone mentioned framing 4 patches like we do with our Happy Blocks at the Maine sew-in … Maybe Bev? I liked the idea and decided to work up a quilt…. Not that I’ll be able to start it anytime soon but at least I’ll have a plan when I get around to it. I decided I’d only frame half the blocks and alternated the framed blocks with a simple 4 patch. For a child’s quilt you could use bright solids for the frames. When I eventually make this, I’ll go scrappy as usual.

When designing on the iPad I use the TouchDraw app so I almost always keep the design coloration simple and often use RWB because I know so many of my blog readers make and donate quilts to Quilts of Valor. I used a lighter blue for my frames but you could use a white cream or beige. This one finishes at 56×72 and you could add a simple framing border if you chose.

Framed Four Patches
Blocks are 8 inches finished (8.5 with seam allowances)
Uses 4.5 inch squares and 2.5 inch strips (I’ll use my GO dies for this)
Quilt size is 56 x 72


Happy weekend!

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After snowing here earlier in the week, we had gorgeous 70 degree weather yesterday and today is looking just as nice although we might get some thunderstorms later.

We walked across the river for lunch yesterday and spent some time on the deck. Today we’ll walk somewhere else happy that spring has arrived!

I’m also doing a little piecing and knitting. I have to get that hourglass quilt off the design wall and as usual, I’ve completely underestimated how much time it will take. It won’t be completed in April but I’ll work on it a little each and every day until its done. I have 6 more yards of fabric to quilt for my Aunt and do plan to have that done by the end of the month.

I love traveling but it’s good to be home with Keith and Chesty!


Casting on

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I’ve spent a quiet day knitting and listening to my audiobook on Catherine the Great.

On the way from one hotel to the next I just happened to pass by a yarn shop and ran in to buy yarn for a Milk Run Shawl since I knew I’d be finishing up the Vortex Shawl today.

I’m hoping the Vortex will block out bigger … Judging finished sizes is not my strong suit but I actually made mine a bit larger than the pattern called for so I’m hoping I got the size right. I could have and maybe should have gone on for more rows since I had the yarn but it’s done and I’m moving on.

This yarn is a blue gray color with a little bit of purple running through it. I’m hoping the drape will be OK.


Tomorrow through Thursday I’ll be participating in a HeartStrings sew-in but still hope to have some knitting time in the evenings.