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And the results are …

Sharon in ME has a real talent for putting fabric together for her HeartStrings quilts and it’s been fun to try my hand at it. So after laying out the strips yesterday and making my final fabric choices and placement, this is what my blocks are looking like …. I like them – do you?

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You can see that when arranging the blocks there’s a “block A” and a “block B” that emerge

If you’d like to try your hand at making a Sharon quilt – we’re following these guidelines

8 fabrics – I yard each ( not all of each fabric will be used)

All strips cut 2 inches

Corner triangles same fabric on both sides of the block from 4.5 inch squares cut on the diagonal.

This is a planned quilt with the strips in the same place for each block.

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Maybe not so obvious as I thought

I asked Keith what he saw yesterday looking at the blocks on the design wall and he didn’t get the right answer … I probably already mentioned where I’m going with this quilt in another post but I think it’s pretty obvious what my blocks are supposed to be … Any guesses?

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A better day

Chesty isn’t throwing up and his stitches are looking good so he’s having a better day but unfortunately he has some ongoing renal issues which will continue to challenge us.

I’m not looking for advice …. I have a healthcare background and he receives excellent veterinary care so I’m confident in my ability to make the best decisions about his care but I know there are many of you that are concerned about him so I thought I’d let you know how he’s doing.

We did spend time in the sewing room today …

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Progress

I finished the blocks for the 4 Patch on the Diagonal quilt and layered and pin basted a small HeartStrings top for quilting. I think I’ll quilt this one before assembling the blocks into a top.

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The extra strips will go into the string bin!

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The design wall is up

I worked some more on the RWB HeartStrings blocks and then put up the design wall. I’d intended to have my sewing table under the window in the small room but with the trundle bed, I needed to rearrange the room so I could use my design wall.

These are the blocks I made last week at Mom’s. I’ll rearrange them a little before sewing them together later this week.

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Border decisions need to be made

I finished the HeartStrings blocks and started assembling the top but I don’t know that I can just use the print as a border. It seems kind of light or maybe the top seems kind of dark?!

I need to put it up on the design wall and decide whether to…..
▪️add just the print border,
▪️or to add an inner border – gold maybe – and then the print
▪️or to sash the blocks and then use the print
▪️or to put an inner border and then a piano key scrappy border

First, I need to finish the blue framed 9 patch blocks that are up on the design wall now to free it up. Nothing will get done tomorrow as I have a dentist appt, a hair appt, and my volunteer shift at the library.

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I so want to keep knitting on the yellow blanket but I am going to miss hitting most of my goals this month so I’m pulling out the Herringbone shawl which IS on the list to be finished this month.

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Finished my blocks

Still sewing along with HeartStrings this weekend … I finished my blocks this afternoon and am settling in now to knit and watch some of the Olympics. I’ll play a little with block placement before sewing them together.

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A few blocks

I’m watching the opening ceremonies and knitting but I’ll go up later and make more of my HeartStrings blocks.

Here’s a quick peek!

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On my Design Wall

Loving these blocks … Got some red added in yesterday.

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I also re-cast on my shawl yesterday during the Super Bowl and made good progress I should be back to the lace and beading section soon.

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I couldn’t resist

This is just the type of quilt I like, big easy blocks! It’s another in my 2.5 inch strip challenge and it’s based on an antique quilt I saw on eBay. I get the best ideas there. I also seem to be finally using up some of the fat quarter sets I’ve been collecting. This is the third one in a row that has used them. I had to make myself stop piecing and go downstairs to load another HeartStrings quilt or I would have spent all afternoon up here making these blocks.

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