another Lucy block

I got a lot more pieces cut out for the Hunters Star quilt yesterday before dinner and got several pieces sewed too. I even made an adjustment to the backup machine when it was acting up, and now it’s running better than ever.  I might have found my new profession if this keeps up! I…

$3.13 Friday

One of the blogs I follow is The Red Boot Quilt Company and I noticed today she has what she called $4 Friday – except she’s in Brisbane, Australia which really means $3.13 Friday to the Americans today! She sells patterns on Etsy that are really cute if you’re looking for something to work on. I started to name…

Block 22 – Goose on the Loose

If you scroll to the bottom picture, it’s easy to see that this block really stands out amongst the 22 blocks made so far for the Splendid Sampler. This is a paper pieced block from Amy Smart – technically, it’s 4 blocks individually pieced and then sewn together. I had recently bought a new pack of charm…

Devo day

It’s a work in progress day (Whip it! Whip it good!  At least that’s what I think of every time I see the acronym WIP).  This doesn’t include the Leah Day blocks because at this point, I don’t have room for those large blocks with everything else I have pinned up. I’m still thinking about…

Bloom block 15

I had a big surprise when I went to put this week’s block on my little stand and found out that the block from 2 weeks ago was on there.  I thought I was on block 14 this week, but I’m a week ahead! It’s been a week like that in Texas.  I followed Lori’s…

Curses, Foiled Again!

I took my sewing machine to the husband-of-the-wife-who-knows-my-friend-who-also-is-a-member-of-the-same-quilt-guild repair guy. Without even plugging it in, he took the needle plate off and declared there was surely a piece missing in it. No I was sure there wasn’t; that piece under there had been flapping in the wind like that for years.  I clean my machine…

Block 21 – Sweet Candy

Where there’s a will, there’s a way! I remembered why I bought a new sewing machine a number of years back. The old one needed repairs and when I took it in, the repairs were going to be more than what I had originally paid for the machine (it was a definite starter machine so…

Version 2

This is my second option for the patchwork of the crosses block.   It turns out that this one has been a lot more of a challenge than I expected.  I might still change it from here, but this is a definite improvement over my first take. In other quilting news, disaster struck yesterday afternoon,…

Lucy Boston block # 4

This is just laid out, not sewn.  I’m thinking the yellow is too yellow and not creamy enough.  Or, maybe I need to make those 8 outer pieces all yellow instead.  The cross doesn’t seem to pop out on this one yet. My other thought was to pick up the light blue instead of the…

Block #20 Nature’s Walk

Wow! Was that ever a lot of embroidery for someone who hadn’t done any embroidery in probably 35-40 years before I started the Splendid Sampler.  I found some iridescent skeins (otherwise known as fancy pants floss) yesterday when I bought more floss so I picked up the 3 colors that would be used in the…

10 bucks for Farmer’s Wife!

On Sunday, the block was another embroidery block and I realized hey….we’re doing several of these; I know that in general I have “Civil War” fabric colors so I’ll buy some skeins of floss in coordinating colors.  Black, brown, rust, medium blue.  I bought 4 skeins and thought I was good to go. Then came…

tiny stitches

 The first Lucy Boston block I made, I spaced the stitches out entirely too far apart.  They really were more basted than they were hand sewn.  I think I’ve slowly found the stitch length that I’m comfortable with.  I showed a couple of these to a friend over the weekend and she remarked that the…