Thursday, February 19, 2015

Stars in a Time Warp: Weeks 1-4

Barbara Brackman's blocks of the week/month are impossible to resist.  I love the history lessons and seeing all the variations of the blocks.  Even if you don't join in, be sure check out the great photos and history of fabrics through time on her blog every Wednesday.

I am making two blocks of each fabric and sewing several weeks worth at one time seems to work better with my schedule.  These 6" sawtooth star blocks are so much fun.  Let's see if my stash will carry me through to the end of the quilt.  Here are my stars for the first four weeks.

Multi-colored Turkey Red Prints

Prussian Blue

Shirting Prints

Chrome Orange/Cheddar

If you made it all the way to the end, your reward is these cutemous photos of Edgar and Stella.  They were curled up so sweet most of yesterday afternoon in a yin-yang shape and rotated places at some point.

The weekend is almost here.  Hope you have lots of time to sew.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Too Much Help

I am still working away on my French General project.  The pattern is called "Cribbage" from Monique Dillard's book Fat Quarter Winners.  
I just love the patterns in this book and the directions are very well done.  The blocks were fun to sew and I am happy to be using this hoarded bundle of French General fabrics at long last.

After finishing both sets of alternating blocks, I started laying the quilt out on my "design floor" in the kitchen.

 So far so good.  There are 140 blocks in the quilt so I decided to sew rows together as I went along instead of laying out the entire quilt and waiting for......

one of my four "quilting assistants" to happen along and the blocks to scatter all over the kitchen.  

REMY:  "I'm just going to rearrange this into a vertical layout for you"

"I want to be the Moda spokescat.  Every color goes great with my fur."
 "I think your 1/4" seam is a little off here"
It took twice as long to get to this point as it should have but here is the quilt about half way done.

If Remy lets me, I hope to get this one completed soon.

I have several other projects lined up including the American Patchwork & Quilting "Go Four It" quilt along.

I have my fabrics chosen and picked out this pattern.
I just need to start cutting and sewing.

This month's Another Year of Schnibbles pattern is calling to me as is the Stars in a Time Warp block of the Week so the fabric will be flying around the house this month.  Hope everyone is surviving winter and planning as many new projects as I am!