I finally got back to the sewing machine tonight. I have a baby quilt I started a few weeks ago, but got sidetracked with the American Quilter's Society show in Grand Rapids and family activities. The highlights at AQS included meeting Jacquie Gering and seeing her quilts, along with purchasing some cool modern fabrics at the Modern Quilt Studio booth.
I don't know what I'll make with these fabrics, but the bundles called to me from the bin. The book was on my list of planned purchases. I also found a thimble I had been searching out, some pins & needles recommended at the hand applique class I took from Mary Sorensen, and a pattern by Lori Smith at her From my Heart to your Hands booth.
I took two other classes, learning to piece a New York Beauty block with Karen Stone and quick piecing a star block for perfect points by Klaudeen Hansen. The pattern, Dancing With The Stars, uses flippy corners and piecing that eliminates stitching seams at the points.
Now, all these projects will be relegated to the WIP pile, while I get back to my previous projects. Last Sunday, I was able to stitch together then scrappy 9-patches with the farm animal blocks. Just needs borders and it can be quilted. Tonight, I picked up the Elizabeth Hartman Charms Squares Baby Quilt, and began stitching the strips together.
I have decided that I need to get back to stitching just a little every day. Otherwise, I will not be able to finish any of my projects. However, faith and family will always trump quilting, making quilting time wanting. Until next time...
The Farm Animals Baby Quilt is nearing completion. I hadn't worked on it for awhile, but finished up the last three blocks with blanket stitching on Thursday. Then, I spent the week-end stitching together the scrappy 9-patch blocks.
Since the blocks are scrappy, there was no quick piecing. I started with 162 blocks, 2-1/2 inches square. The fabrics were all used in the farm animal and heart blocks.
Then, I stitched the squares together following typical piecing for 9-patch blocks. I press seams inopposite directions, so that seams nestle together for more accurate piecing.
The pattern called for eighteen blocks, that will be six inches finished.
Here is a peak at the finished quilt. Scrappy blocks alternate with animal & heart blocks, while the animal blocks alternate in rows with heart blocks.
Now, I just need to get the blocks sewn together and add the border. My younger sister will do the quilting. It will have it's final home at my niece Steph's house, where baby Charity was born a few weeks ago.