Whew!

I barely got the blocks done today.

Let’s see if I can get them posted here while it’s still Saturday!

Day 10

Day 10 Blocks…

Day 10-block1AneelaHoey

Block 1 by Aneela Hoey.

This block took me a little extra time.

Once I started sewing I wanted to keep the fabrics all going the same direction

so I went back a re-cut some of the pieces.

It was worth the extra time I think.

Day10-block 3 American Jane

Block 3 by American Jane.

This is the first time I’ve ever sewn this “Peaky & Spike” block

(as it was known back in the day, not sure it’s current name).

I had to peek at the front of the block after sewing each seam with just one eye,

kind of like how we watch scary movies!

I’m impressed with myself, I didn’t re-sew any of the seams!

Day 10-block 8 LilyAshbury

Block 8 by Lily Ashbury.

This is the only block that I didn’t use just 3 fabrics like the instructions called for.

I already had 4 squares cut of the pink and decided to use them for the corners.

Now to decide what my last block will be.

Since one day last week only had 2 blocks, I need one more.

We’ll just all have to wait & see.

Until next time,

Susan

Day 9, just one more day…

Day 9

This first block is a cute heart block.

Day 9 block 31 V & CoBlock 31 by V and Co.

When I finished the first two steps I thought the 1-1/2″ squares were too small,

but then when I looked at the illustrations closer,

I realized the top of the heart would be cut off when you sew it into the quilt (on purpose).

Usually with this flying geese step, you have 1/4″ to edge of block,

but not this time.

don’t be fooled!

Day 9 block 29 Stephanie Ryan

Block 29 by Stephanie Ryan

Day 9 block 17 Sweetwater

Block 17 by Sweetwater

Day 9, check!

Until next time,

Susan

Moving right along into Day 7…

Day 7

These are the blocks of the day.

I’ve been out of town for a few days

and I took one of my featherweight sewing machines

and these blocks to work on.

The weather in mid-Eastern Illinois wasn’t forecasted to be very nice,

so just in case I was snowed in, or if I got the chance to sew I could.

Since I don’t sew on my featherweight machines very often,

I kind of have to re-teach myself to use them.

You know, where is that pesky scant 1/4″?

How do I rewind a bobbin if heaven forbid I run out?

Imagine my surprise when I got done with this square-in-a-square and it looked like this:

Day 7block 4 progress

Perfect!!!

I can’t say this for all of my sewing all of the time, for sure.

I was very pleased with this progress however.

I also found it very nice that the pattern actually told me what size this piece was supposed to measure at this point, thank-you!

Day 7-Block 4 PrimitiveGatherings

Block #4 by Primitive Gatherings.

This block turned out so nice…I love it!

Day 7-Block 19 Me&MySister

Block #19 by Me & My Sister.

This block was a breeze too.

I wouldn’t mind making more of these either.

Day 7-Block 13 MalkaDubrawsky

Block #13 by Malka Dubrawsky.

Looks pretty good from here, but…

I had to re-sew two of the seams, one of them twice to make it satisfactory to me.

I had to laugh when I was pressing it and trimming the threads before I photographed it.

It reminded me of a funny story that my MIL & husband tell of my SIL and her 4-H pancakes.

Anyone take “Milk & Eggs in Your Meals” for a 4-H project?

Back in the day, for the show, you had to make 3 pancakes EXACTLY the same size and present them on a plate to the judges.

They would critique them for size, color and of course they got to taste them too…

(how many COLD pancakes they must have had to taste that day, yuk!)

and then you were awarded a ribbon.

Well, that morning was very stressful to say the least, said SIL could not get 3 pancakes the same size to save her life, so she got out a pair of scissors and trimmed away the excess!

I can’t image the judges didn’t notice cut edges and I never did hear what color the ribbon was for those pancakes, but it makes everyone laugh whenever we are reminded of it!

This is what I thought of while I was trimming the threads.

Too bad I didn’t think of the pancake story before I ripped out those seams.

I probably could have saved myself some time and just trimmed something instead.

Hopefully yours will go together more smoothly, but if not…

Until next time,

Susan

Moving right along here…

day 4

Day 4 only resulted in two patterns.

Day 4-block 15 Fig Tree Quilts

Block 15 by Fig Tree Quilts.

Day 4-block 24 Jan Patek

Block 24 by Jan Patek.

Jan is a master at applique and so she stitched a cute little house in the middle of her block.

Maybe when I get the pdf I’ll add it to my block too.

These blocks are quick when you already have the fabric choices narrowed down to just a handful.

I can spend a lot of time belaboring that issue!

I also read the first three patterns and cut background strips of each size that I would be needing before I started sewing.

The other nice thing that Moda did was use pieces of the same few sizes.

I keep going back to the 3-1/2″ strip and cutting off a few squares or rectangles.

Then I cut a few more 2″ squares, etc.

This really simplifies the cutting.

Are you really not going to join in the fun?

If you are sewing the blocks, send me your photos and I’ll post them along with mine.

Until next time,

Susan