Last 2 blocks…….

I feel like I am working in slow motion on this quilt.  This is the last of the half blocks for it and I got them sewn after I took this photo. Last night I also basted another small colorwash piece.

Church sewing circle was yesterday afternoon and we made red and green felt Christmas stockings for the kids at the shelter that we help support.  

After my haircut this morning I need to cut sashing for the quilt in progress and decide on fabric for cornerstones.  It sounds like we will get rain from the remnants of hurricane Patricia.


Ditch quilting……..

I did errands on the way home from church yesterday and didn’t get lunch until 2 p.m.  Then I went out and cut down the Canna plants and dug up the bulbs.  It gets too cold here to leave them in the ground.  Last night I ditch quilted the colorwash wallhanging.  I used Invisifil thread, something like clear polyester only in colors.  I will choose a binding today and baste the next colorwash.

Speaking of colorwash, someone (a no reply commenter) asked if I couldn’t do the class as an online class.  The answer is no.  It isn’t a place this color here and that color there type project.  It is an original design by each person and they need consultation all through the project.  Photos don’t show the values like seeing them with the naked eye so emails back and forth with photos really doesn’t give a true evaluation.  I hope I will be able to continue teaching but I’m 3/4 of a century old and so far my eyesight is holding up.  I wish more of you lived closer so you could come to a 2 day workshop with me here in Sandwich IL. (Still trying for the first week in November).


This colorwash was small enough to baste on my cutting table.  I chose backings for all three small colorwash pieces yesterday.

This fabric on the back was too large of a print to cut for the squares so it is perfect as a backing fabric.

Last call: is there anyone else interested in a 2 day colorwash class at my home (Sandwich IL) in the first week of November?  I’m trying to get one more in before the bad weather starts.  If you are interested email me here.  If for any reason the link doesn’t work please leave your email in a comment so I can get back to you.  Click here to see students’ work from the July class.

Almost done…….

I put the block that was folded in quarters up on the design wall so I knew how to design the corner quarter blocks.

I also made 3 more half blocks and put them all up on the design wall.  I need to cut more squares before I can design the last two half blocks.  Then I have to start sewing sashing onto the blocks.

Starting to fill in………

I sewed the other three half blocks together and placed them on the design wall.  I won’t know the placement for sure until I have made the other five that I need.  I folded one of the leftover blocks to look like a quarter block in the bottom right corner.  I haven’t decided whether I should trim the points off the half blocks now or wait until after quilting.  I’m leaning toward waiting.

I was thinking about doing another 2 day colorwash workshop at my house (Sandwich IL) the first week of November and wondered if there is anyone interested.  If so email me here.  Last time a few no reply people left a comment instead of emailing me directly and I had no way to get back to them.  (If the link above doesn’t work for you, there is an email link on the right sidebar).  Click here to see the students’ work from the class in July.

Old and new…….

One of my friends and I bought the Farm Girl Vintage book at the quilt show we went to a couple weeks ago.  We decided we would do 2 blocks each time we get together and we alternate who chooses the blocks.  I chose the first 2 blocks and my blocks are on the left, my friend’s on the right.

Later in the afternoon I started designing half blocks for my other quilt.  I started with the one on point and realized I needed to do them straight.  It is a lot harder to design a half block than a whole one.

Two substitute blocks…………

I sewed the two new blocks and removed two and put the new ones in.  I think I need to rearrange the blocks again.  My two friends are coming over today so they can give me the approval when I finally have a good arrangement.

Here are the two that came out.  They were too cold looking with all of the other warmer colors.  I can possible still use them for half blocks or the quarter block corners.