Block 31 – Blossoming

It took me part of Saturday evening, Sunday, Monday, and early Tuesday morning – but I hand stitched everything on the block designed by Jenny Reynolds! I saw she had stitched 3 variations of it, which made me feel comfortable with switching up the skeins used to adapt it to the colors in my sampler.  I…

Kona Bright White

 When I first started on the orange and navy blue (I know it looks black but it really is navy blue) hunters star quilt, I didn’t actually know what pattern I was going to make. So I bought 4 yards of the colors I had chosen and figured I’d see how close I came on…

Block 30 – Simple Surprises

Let me count the ways I love this block!  Geometry was one of my favorite classes in high school – I like the preciseness of the angles, and how if you change one thing there is an equal and opposite reaction to it. And after looking at my blocks, I was also looking for more…

home again, home again!

I receive a phone call this morning – my regular sewing machine was ready.  And as expected, all that was ever wrong with it was a simple fuse that was blown.  They told me I owed them 29 bucks, and I was on my way! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ I was also talking to a friend who is…

Bloom block 19

I admit it; I’m sad to see this sew-along come to an end.  This is block 19 of 20; last week is the last block and then it will be time to sew on the outer sashing and border, and then quilt it.   I’m usually more drawn to primary colors over soft palettes.  My…

Block 29 – Scrappy Happy Heart

The story of this block starts back in the first half of April.  I had signed up for a workshop by Becky Goldsmith to learn about the value of color as it relates to the other colors around it.  The class requirements were some grey fabric for the background, and a slew of different blue fabrics, cut…

Block 28 – Stitching Fashion

Does this block look like it was hard to make?  I sure hope it does.  I hope that you can look at that, see a 6″ finished block and then imagine just how incredibly tiny some of the pieces are on here, like the top of the bodice.  And the teeny tiny triangle at the…

give me an inch and I’ll take a mile

It’s another paper pieced block – with a twist.  See that piece A3 there?  It’s 2/8″ by 3/8″ – if I’m being generous with the ruler. Do the math, and that comes out to less than one square inch for that little piece.  A2 is only 2/8″ tall, and A4 isn’t much more than that….

We are quickly rounding up the Bloom sew-along – just 2 more blocks to go!  One thing I’ve learned along the way is less is more. I hate to think just how much glue is contained in those first few blocks.  I was concerned at the time that the skinny stems wouldn’t stay in place…

she’s back!

I got the call yesterday that my Sweet Sixteen was finished and ready for pickup.  And it was about half what I expected to pay which was a bonus.  It was raining at lunch so I didn’t want to take a chance of slipping; I left my still non-working sewing machine at home but told…

Block 27 – Sewing Machine

How about that for timing? The 27th block for The Splendid Sampler closely resembles a Singer Featherweight!  Good timing, Pat Sloan! I looked for the darkest fabric in my stash that I’m using for this project to get close to the ebony color of my own 1949 Singer Featherweight.  And of course the heart would be pink. And since…

Block 26 – Dreaming of Dresdens

I started the Splendid Sampler block Thursday evening and finished up Friday; this was a good block to break up into at least 2 or more segments because there are some steps in here that took some time. The Dresden pieces themselves were actually really easy to make.  An accurate quarter inch seam was the key to…