🍀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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stephanie from HeartStrings posted a link to a Moda Bake Shop project called Simply Woven that she was going to start. Since it was one on my to do list anyway, I thought I’d join her and do a small version. My quilt will have 20 blocks, set 4×5, and measure 48×60. I made a start on it today – I think the hardest part will be deciding how to rotate the blocks. One of my strips doesn’t seem to have much contrast with my gray background but it’s not as blendy in person as it appears in the photograph. Since I’m cutting for just a few blocks at a time, my blocks will also need to be placed further apart so those greens or purples won’t be so close to each other in the finished quilt.
Is there anything more exciting than starting a new quilt? Since I’ve done such a good job finishing and marking things off my list this week, I’m allowing myself to start something new. I love tessellating quilts but am usually too lazy to fuss with them since you have to make and place blocks in a certain order.
This cover quilt looks easy enough and I pulled fabrics for it when I was in Big Canoe. I can’t wait for my cutting table to arrive, I hate having to bend over to cut on this table!
I haven’t decided how I’m going to finish the edges, or even what size I’m going to make, but for now I’m cutting 4 blocks out of each of my fabrics (I won’t use them all) and pinning one up on the design wall. The lighting in my sewing room this time of day isn’t the best, these fabrics are much brighter than they appear in the photo.
I’m getting ready to hit the road for 3 and a half weeks so today and tomorrow I’m trying to wrap up what I can and get packed. Keith will be back and forth so at least I don’t have to worry about leaving the house empty.
First up today was finishing all the blocks for the RWB Brick quilt – it will be waiting here on my design wall for me to assemble when I get back. The quilt would look great with a border or two but I love quilts without borders and the antique quilt that was my inspiration didn’t have a border either. I’ll just bind this one in a darker blue.
So much for this quilt being the leftover quilt – I still have a bin full of the RWB fabrics used so I’ll have to come up with a few more ideas but for now, this bin is going to be tucked away.
I’ve got all my supplies I’ll need in GA set aside and we’ll pack the car later today while Keith is here to help. The only thing I didn’t get done this time while I was home was finishing the hand quilting on the little 16 patch top but if I don’t knit at all today or tomorrow I just might be able to get it done.