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Blocks are done

I’m done sewing for the day but the Churn Dash blocks have all be cut out and assembled and I’ll work on sashing them tomorrow. That darker purple has more contrast that it appears to have in the photo.

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Although the black appears solid above, it isn’t, it’s a print. I use solid black occasionally but I think a print picks up less and shows less lint in the finished quilt so when I have a choice I usually go with the print. You can see it better in this photo.

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Strings

As of this morning there were just two items left on my to do list and over two weeks left in the month so I’m in good shape especially since I’ve technically just marked off one of them. My bright strings are still separated by color so I started another set of blocks for our Rainbow string project. I’ve got two more rows of blocks to piece – it will be a small one that I can quilt here. 

  

Odd

It’s an odd color scheme I know and it would be a lot easier if I had access to my stash so I could add in some additional yellows and golds but I’m hoping for “odd interesting” rather than “odd ugly” when the quilt is done. 

I drafted this one from an antique quilt a while back and I think it works well in red/white/blue.  

 
I’d seen a yellow/gold/gray quilt that appealed to me as being unusual so I redrew my quilt. 

 
I cut and sewed blocks all day …. I think this is one where the blocks actually have to be sewn together to get an idea of how it’s really going to look but again, I’m hoping for interesting rather than ugly! 

 

We had some conversation on HeartStrings about ugly tops and if they were worth finishing. It’s my belief that all quilts have value for their warmth and there is a need for quilts for the homeless so I feel free to experiment knowing that not every quilt I make will turnout great but they will all be useful. 

In the pink

🍀Happy St Patrick’s Day🍀

It’s always a special holiday for me but I’ve done absolutely nothing to celebrate as Keith is still out of town and doesn’t get home until tomorrow.  However, I have had fun in the sewing room and a nice long walk along the bay. 

I should be playing with green fabric today but I didn’t plan well. Instead I’m playing with pink – it’s late so the light in the sewing room is throwing the colors off a little but you can see I’ve made good progress on the 16 patch blocks. I just need 8 more and they’re cut and ready to sew.  
 
It’s late now and time to sit and bind. I finished binding the Strippie last night and now I’m working on my HeartStrings binding. I’ll get photos of both tomorrow assuming I stay up long enough to finish this one. 

Love/Hate

I may hate sashing quilts but I love, love, LOVE how this one looks with the sashing! You know I always drag out the assembly of quilts so this one will take a few days to finish up and I promise I won’t show another photo until the top is done. I will be writing and posting brief instructions for this quilt on the website in a day or two. I like to write them when the piecing is fresh in my mind!

  
I’m going to head out for a walk – my plans for the day were changed when Keith emailed this morning that he’d see me at 10:30pm because he’d told me before he left that he’d be home at 12pm today. It’s typical and along with flight delays, the reason I never cook dinner on the day he comes home. 

On my design wall

I have blocks!  They’re going together quickly which as you know are my favorite kind of blocks! I mentioned in my post yesterday the quilt is being pieced with a jelly roll and a piece of black fabric that was in the stash. Each block uses one strip from the jelly roll and there are 35 blocks in the quilt so I’ll have a few strips leftover. 

  
Some quilter’s find it difficult to look at a pattern or quilt and imagine it in different colors. One of my absolute favorite things about quilting is how fabric choices can completely change the look of a quilt.  This will look very different from both the antique quilt that inspired it and the drawing of the design I posted yesterday. 
 

How about a vintage Plus?

I think I might play with drafting this one or something similar too. I love vintage quilts! 

 
While I should have been getting ready for my company, I worked on some more plus blocks. I haven’t decided for sure but I’m thinking I’d like to Big Stitch hand quilt this one so I’ll keep it about 42 x 60 which means I’m already half done. I tossed them up on the design just to see how it was coming along and I’ll play with the arrangement of blocks more after I’ve made all of them. 

 

Just a few blocks

I’ve got company coming tomorrow for the weekend which means my sewing room will be a guest room but I couldn’t resist going in there tonight and making a few plus blocks. 

I have a 2.5 inch blue and green strip pack I bought from Craftsy (on sale of course) and decided to pair that with a gray – I have a thing against really light backgrounds especially for babies or children’s and donation quilts and I really would love for gray backgrounds to be one of the answers to that issue but the jury is still out on how much I’m going to like using them. For now, I’ve been collecting them and have started trying them out. So here are my fabrics for Plus 1. I’m going to use a single gray for the background. 

  
The blocks are super easy to make – cut 2.5 inch squares and 2.5 x 6.5 inch rectangles from 2.5 inch strips. Lay them out, sew the sides first then sew them to the center strip.  

 
Since these aren’t tessellating Pluses they’re really easy to make. Here are a few blocks with the ‘spacer’ gray rectangles.  

 

On my design wall

The woven top came down today and I put one of the 24 block sets of HeartStrings blocks up on the design wall and started moving blocks around. Decided that this setting needs to be a 48 block quilt so I started making and adding blocks. 

  
The plan is to still do this layout ….

  
….and this one too AND there a couple more ideas swirling around in my head so expect to see more of these over the next few months. 

  

Fast, fun, easy!

I finished 24 HeartStrings blocks for our rainbow challenge. There are so many options when making a HeartStrings quilt – I never get bored.  

 
String blocks are a great way to clear out those partial bobbins too! I’m going to have to wind some more before too long. 

  

Walking
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