Ready to assemble

The bow tie blocks are done and ready to assemble. I might move a block or two around so I’ll look at it for a day or two before I start sewing. In the meantime, I’ve got the 16 patch top loaded on the longarm and ready to quilt – I might even make a start on it this evening.

This one will not have borders – it’s a small donation quilt that is kind of a trial run for a larger scrappy one. I enjoyed sewing these blocks together, it was easy to get into a rhythm and as you can tell, they were quick so I’m anxious to make another one. I did a quick look through my stash to see if fat quarter bundles popped out as a good choice for one of these but haven’t made any decisions. I can see using a bundle for one but I can also see pulling random scraps from my bins.

Speaking of bins, I mentioned a few weeks ago when I was working on the Kite blocks that this blue/green/purple bin refuses to empty … this is now the 5th small quilt I’ve made from it and while a few fabrics have been added here and there I don’t see much change in the level of fabric so you can count on seeing this combination again!

Bow Tie blocks

This one is quick and easy! I’m using the 6 inch finished Bow Tie dies for my GO. It’s a two die set with the triangles on one die and the block that they’re sewn on to on another die. I also have have a 3 inch square die I could use but it’s easier to cut those myself.

That one purple looks pretty dark in the photo … but it’s the light in my sewing room. It’s just not good for photos. Here’s a close up of it.

Right now I’m making 4 blocks from each fabric unless my scrap isn’t big enough so the colors will be mixed up more in the final quilt. I just couldn’t wait to see the blocks up on the design wall.

I’m pretty sure this is the setting I’m going to use. I shared two vintage quilts a few weeks ago that I found on eBay and I’ll eventually make one using both settings I think.

Decision time

I made a few more kite blocks tonight and it’s decision time.

My inspiration is this vintage quilt I found on eBay and shared on the blog about a year ago. Took me long enough didn’t it?!

I’m not going as big with my sashing and I’ll have fewer blocks – I’ll need 5 more before I start assembling and this is the plan.

Quilt size – 47.5 x 58

Block size is 8 inches finished (8.5 inches with seam allowances)

Blocks set 4 x 5

Sashing cut 3 inches

Squares (or strips) for the 4 patches cornerstones are cut 1.75 inches

Border cut 4.5 inches

Kite blocks

I’ve shown this bin of fabric before …

It’s the one I put together at Big Canoe a few years ago and brought to Florida to make this tessellating quilt.

Then I used the same fabrics to piece this hourglass quilt …

And pulled a bunch from the same bin to make this Flock of Geese.

It’s a small bin …. and I’ve made three quilts from it and it’s still full even after pulling some fabrics for the Kite quilt.

It’s times like this that I realize just how little fabric it takes to make a quilt and how MUCH fabric I have in my sewing room. Mom is 30 years older than I am and still quilting so I like to think I have another 30 years to use it all up!

I haven’t committed to a final layout yet but I’m pretty sure these blocks are going to get sashed.

That was quick!

The half square triangles are all made and up on the design wall ready to be assembled. The pattern says to sew this in rows but it’s much easier to sew one like this together in 4 quads!

I also got the binding made and sewn on the Happy Block quilt so that one is ready to hand-stitch too.

Blocks are made

This layer cake was a challenge to work with – half of it consisted of two light prints and I wasn’t sure I could come up with something I would like but the blocks are made and I think it’s going to make a cute donation quilt – and for $12.40 which is what I paid for the layer cake at Craftsy, it’s a bargain. The photo is dark because I finished the blocks up tonight after Keith went to bed.

I will say Layer Cakes are not my favorite precut to work with … I definitely prefer fat quarters and Jelly Rolls. I feel like I have so many more options for designing and using them.

I hate making mistakes!

It will be a pain to fix it but at least it’s near the edge of the quilt! It’s one reason I take photos but I should have looked a little closer at the snapshot of the finished blocks and I might have noticed the mis-rotated block!