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The most fun part of quilting for me is making blocks.  Just  sewing along, block after block.  Most of my UFOs have been abandoned in the block stage, and now, when I am trying to finish them up, I can’t remember what the big plan was.  Maybe there was no plan.  Just blocks.

Here are these guys again, the purple-green-orange family.  There are 48 of these blocks — 8 each in 6 different fabrics, 8 in. square finished.  I have received so many helpful and creative suggestions on how to set them — thank you for that.  🙂

I like the “no sashing” setting very much.  These blocks are the same Corn and Beans pattern used in my Harvest Festival quilt, and that quilt is set without sashings.  However, if I use the “sashings and cornerstones” setting to pad out the blocks, I will be able to make two quilts measuring approximately 56 x 70 inches, so I have decided to do that.

The blocks will be shared out equally, and I’ll have two quilts something like this.  Maybe with more borders?  I like to end the last round with a dark colour, and I don’t think the binding will be wide enough to qualify.

Those aren’t my actual fabrics, of course, or even the actual blocks, but they’ll do for illustration purposes.

To see what others have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Sewing!

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This is actually a vinyl tablecloth with fleecy backing, turned wrong side out and stuck to the wall with drawing pins.  But it works!  And it’s much better than setting things out on the floor.

Design wall

These little blocks are my newest scrap project that I work on in-between other projects.   Some are from the mixed lot of Fat Eighths I bought recently, and the rest are scraps from my other recent projects.  This is my favourite block in the world to make!

To make this block, cut 1 – 3.5 inch square for the centre.  Cut 2 – 1.5 x 3.5 strips and 2 – 1.5 x 5.5 strips.  Then assemble, first sewing the short strips on opposite sides, then the long strips on the remaining sides.  They should finish at 5.5 inches unfinished, and 5 inches finished.

These are going to be charity quilts for older pre-teen children.  I’m going to set them 9 blocks x 10 blocks (45 x 50 inches) with a plain 2-inch border all around, for a finished size of 49 x 54 inches — I think.  That’s the plan on my drawing, but I’ll have to confirm that when I actually have one put together.  They might need a wider border, or maybe one very narrow border and then one wider.  This is so much fun!  I am giddy with anticipation just thinking about it!  🙂

Happy Sewing!

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The HeartStrings Quilt Project group is making Quilt As You Go (QAYG) blocks for Jan MacFadyen of Victoria, Australia, during the months of March and April.

Jan is a member of HeartStrings, and she will be finishing these blocks into quilts for Victoria, Australia Bushfire survivors.   Volunteers estimate approximately 5000 quilts will be needed for this project.  Jan has two blogs with photos and complete details on her work, including her postal address if you can send her anything to help with this project:

http://sewmanyquiltstoolittletime.blogspot.com/

http://ozcomfortquilts.blogspot.com/

She also has an excellent two-part Tutorial on the method used for constructing these blocks from strips of fabric (strings) and scrap pieces of batting.

Part 1:

http://sewmanyquiltstoolittletime.blogspot.com/2009/02/quilt-as-you-go-block-tutorial.html

Part 2:

http://sewmanyquiltstoolittletime.blogspot.com/2009/02/finally-tutorial-part-2.html

Here are some of the QAYG blocks that I have made for Jan so far.  I’ve finished 23 blocks, and need to make 12 more to have enough for one entire quilt.  These blocks will be for men’s and teenage boys’ quilts.  My husband helped me choose the fabrics to make sure they are suitably “manly.”  😉

qayg-blocks-for-jan

Here is my Stash Report for Week 12:

  • Bought          0
  • Used               5  yds (for QAYG blocks – fronts and backs)
  • YTD Bought    10.75 yds
  • YTD Used       72.5 yds

Happy Sewing!

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Today I met with the coordinator of the Quilts of Valor-UK project and delivered the two quilt tops described in my blog on Sunday.  The coordinator, Jean Morris, was very pleased with the quilts, and I felt so happy to help with such an important mission.  We had a nice cup of coffee and a good long chat.  It was lots of fun to meet another (more…)

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I read a while back that the quilt pattern mostly likely to be left unfinished and abandoned when the quilter has moved on to Quilting Heaven is…..the Grandmother’s Flower Garden.  I can totally relate to this.  I have a GFG that is now about 14 years old.

Growing a Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt
Growing a Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt

Once upon a time in America, I belonged to a lovely quilt guild.  A speaker came to a meeting and taught us to do English Paper Piecing.  It was very nice and all, and when I got home from the meeting, I put my little hexagons in a nifty plastic shoebox which ended up at the back of the closet.

Fast forward a couple of years to my engagement to a lovely English man and an invitation to meet his family in England.   I always take handwork on trips, and I thought how wonderful it would be to bring an ENGLISH paper piecing project with me.  Cultural sensitivity!  I will fit right in with my new in-laws, I thought!  On the red-eye flight from Dallas to Manchester, I amazed and impressed a variety of British Airways flight attendants who had never heard of English paper piecing before but said they thought it was cool.  I think they were probably humouring me.  😉  I got a similar reaction from my new family members.

Over the years, the project has become very well-traveled.  It has gone to France, back to America, to Scotland, and to various points of interest in England.  I took it with me on our family holiday this year.  And if I put it on my blog, I think that will strengthen my commitment to finishing it because — if I don’t finish it, I will  1) be very embarrassed, or  2) have to delete this post and disavow any knowledge of it.  I think that’s probably cheating.

Anyway, I can tell I’m making progress now because my little quilt is definitely growing.  It’s getting harder and harder to get the lid back on that shoebox!

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