Some of the 512 half-square triangle units
I’ve been keeping up with my new commitment to sewing/quilting every day. I have been diligently working on my blocks for the Blue Ridge Beauty that I started at a class in mid-June. I’ve decided to make the central portion of the quilt about one-third larger to accommodate the king-size beds we have in our home. Soooo…. I need to make 256 of these pieced blocks. That meant I needed to make 512 half-square triangle units, and 512 4-patch units. I did the half-square triangles first, and I’ve had them ready for a couple of weeks.
In the process of pressing the 512 4-patch blocks
I started making the four-patches by sewing two strips together. I cut all of this quilt out of some fat quarter collections that have been gracing my stash for several years. They are awesome… part of the Daiwabo taupe collections that are so popular right now. Since they began as fat quarters, the strips were only 20ish inches long. This allowed me to create a very scrappy combination of 4-patches. Then I cut the sewn strips into sections equal to the original strip width. Once this was done, I paired up random units, to create the four-patches. It seems like I’ve been making them for quite a while. Alas, they are finished.
Now, I take two half-square units and two four-patches to make a block. Then another, and another…. Right now, I’ve got 103 blocks done, of the 256… Oh boy! I must say, I love the way this is turning out. I did have one scare along the way… I think I was going to run out of fabric…. Hard to believe, looking at my stash. I almost called the store where I purchased this fabric, hoping they might still have some more. Then I told myself to go look again in the stash. I found two fat-quarters that blend in perfectly with the collection. See, it does pay to buy fabric ahead!
Annie B Oxygen S&W in machine
I’m also working on my customer quilts this week. It’s really fun to be challenged to work on a variety of projects. I’ve quilted two stack-and-whack quilts for my good friend, Annie B. The first one, made of a poppy print was set off nicely with a brilliant green stripe fabric that she used for her sashings. I forgot to photograph it, so you’ll have to go to her blog on www.highplainsquilting.com and perhaps she’ll upload something.
Her second quilt used the “oxygen” fabric line. It really has such great movement to the blocks, and Anne Bright recently released a terrific edge to edge design called Alexis that seems to have been made for this one particular quilt. Thanks Anne Bright!!! If you look closely, you’ll see that Annie B. ingeniously pieced her backing, using her leftovers from the project, and making the quilt a i beauty.
Next, I quilted a quilt top for Mark, who lives near to the Aurora theater where 12 people lost their lives last Friday. Needless to say, I called him right away. After a few hours, I hadn’t heard back from him, so I texted him. Fortunately, he texted right back to say he was okay. Thank goodness for that.’
What is interesting about Mark’s quilt, is that the quilt top is made entirely of seersucker fabrics in white, blue, grey and black stripes. I pride myself i
n choosing designs to complement the quilt, and this quilt kept saying “nautical” to me. I found a really cool sailboat with a star on the sail in a pattern by Ellen Munnich. I called Mark, and he thought that sounded good…. plus he said I always choose well. Thanks for the compliment!!!
Joan Schmidt’s One Block Wonder
Well, that’s what I’m up to. What are you working on? Leave a comment and let me and my readers know….