My excitement ensues to the countdown until I get my longarm! In the process of ready-ing for the event, the ufo pile is going to get worked to it’s death or near death as I have much progress on these and they just need solutions to keep going. One baby step at a time with no rush or hurry.
A few posts back I brought out the stars with embroidered blocks. I am still at a stoppage, and think the solution may be to digitally scan the block and upload it to Spoonflower and print replicas of the block. I think that would get the right color white and match the pattern/design where I can fussy cut and square out the quilt as it is on point. What are your thoughts? Have any of you done this? This is an expensive option and will be my last resort. Hopefully there will be a suggestion or idea that I see as it stores perfectly in it’s tote until that time.
And I started figuring out how to stitch my dodecagon blocks called Jack’s Chain Circles. There are no free directions out there for pressing. I think the way to go was to press the seams open on the blocks. I have figured out how to join the blocks and it is working fine.
I sew the blocks together and make sure not to catch the existing seams in the new seam I am making. I fold them back out of the way and stitch 1/4 from the start. Then when I place the triangle in, all the funny angles are already stitched at junctions that allow the last 1/4 seam to be added perfectly. There is a lot of thread waste using this method, and this quilt was probably meant for paper piecing in the past. This is working for me. I made a grandmothers flower garden quilt years ago and stopped short of the 1/4 point for all the hexagons, and I still have the quilt with no ill effects of the wait and see how it turns out method.
I have about this many blocks together (as pictured). Now I have a a brief intermission! The quilt I sent off on July 12th for quilting services at MSQC has finally made it’s way home. They do outstanding work. This is the quilt I feared giving to my LAQ as it has bulky seams with the interfacing method of patchwork. I knew if I sent it to the pro’s they would do an outstanding job. This was sent off before I decided to buy a longarm. It was expensive but you pay for quality. I am very pleased with how it turned out. This is a postage stamp quilt, and since I made it out of vintage sheets, I am calling it Postage Sheet.
These photos were taken during the piecing. At this stage it is not quite finished. My camera started malfunctioning and it was hard to get a good pic. The backing of the quilt I picked up at an estate sale and is a vintage sheet. I also have matching pillow cases. I think the sheets were brand new out of the package and never used. The white backing really softened it up even more with pastel goodness.
I make many quilts, and I have a loved one in my life that doesn’t say much about my creations. When this one was taken out of the package to view the quilting job, he said I should put this one up as it is probably the prettiest one I have made. The ultimate compliment from one who never gives them. 🙂
Right now I am binding it and can’t wait to show you! It is forecast to rain all weekend and a good part of next week. I bet I get this one finished purty quick as it has become that time of year again. I will have to wait until the earth dries out before I can get a good photo opp. But, snuggly weather is coming…..I have been waiting for this for so long.
To wrap today up I will be making pumpkin pancakes, a recipe my daughter picked out that we will be trying. Doesn’t that sound delicious? Please check my other blog (thecookbookproject.wordpress.com) for that post. There are other recipes already there, so check them out!
I would like to take the time to thank you for being the wind in my sails. If it wasn’t for you readers/followers I am not sure I would continue with this extra little effort. I kindly thank you for any comments or suggestions. I enjoy reading those sew much! Have a great weekend!