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!

Back to work

Keith had a lot of catching up to do after our vacation so he spent most of the day working which was fine with me, I crocheted this morning and then this afternoon I worked on some strips and strings log cabin blocks. One of my goals for the month is to get this to the finished top stage.

My string bin is looking a bit lame … I haven’t fed it in a long while. I guess I’ll have to sort through the scrap bins and pull out the leftover strips and strings to add to it. Most of the lights are in the plastic bag, it helps to have them separated when I’m working on these blocks.

We took a break from work to attend a neighborhood picnic and then took a quick swim – it was 90 degrees at 5pm so it felt good to cool off when we got back home. We’re lucky that we live right near the small park where the picnic was held so it was easy to walk over and back.

Strips and Strings Log Cabin

Narrow strips and Strings are our “precut” for May which is perfect because I’ve been meaning to make one of my Strips and Strings Log Cabin quilts for a few years now …. time goes by quickly and I think the last one of these I finished was in 2014 not too long after we moved from Minneapolis.

I need 48 blocks and the first 8 are done. Hopefully they’ll go quicker now that I’m back in the groove.

For now I’m taking a break to snuggle with Finn. We got a trip coming up and I want to make sure he gets lots of attention before I leave.