Friday, November 22, 2013

plodding along

Since Blogathon Canada is hopping through my part of the country today (uh, not quite today but better early than late) I thought that just maybe I should come up with a sewing post. Sound like a plan? Good. Next week I'll tell you about the book(s) that have sucked up most of the past two weeks of my life and taken all my sewing time. But now, sewing.
so many things to iron
I've been busy as a bee sewing away at these blocks. Thirty five blocks. If I'd been thinking I would have added in a lot more fabrics - sewing primarily the same five prints and patterns has gotten more than a little bit repetitive. But finally, finally I'm getting to the point of being able to see and end in sight.

they look a bit better after some pressing

The pile of blocks up there? I spent the better part of my Tuesday afternoon pressing seams on those babies. Then I moved on to the dining room and marked some seam lines on them (that is one extra step that hand-piecing requires that I could do without).

all ready for trimming and marking seams
At the moment these here are my favourites. Probably because they're my contrast blocks and thus they don't look exactly like the other thirty two things I've sewn. I'm looking forward to placing them in the actual layout and seeing that bit of pop. I'm also looking forward to figuring out what else I can make in the future with the black damask.

The most exciting part is that I've finished block #1. About thirty of them I just have one more seam to go, but there's about five with more significant work. Then sashing. Then backing. Basting. Quilting. This is kind of the forever project, or at least it feels that way.

finished block!!


  1. Hang in there! The middle is the hardest part for me.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement. This is definitely a rough point in my projects - and of course also exactly where I start to second guess all of my decisions.

  2. At least you didn't run out of fabric! I most always run out of fabric on these things, despite my plans.

  3. Keep up the lovely work! It's looking so pretty...

  4. You've hit on the reason that I make mostly scrappy quilts, I don't like to make the same block again and again. now I am piecing 128 small churn dash blocks and they're all different. harder to cut, but more fun to sew. Your blocks are looking very nice. great colour combination.

  5. Ambitious... but it will be rewarding once it's finished!