Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Resuming the farming - Silver Lane (#79)

It is baseball season, and I am not getting a whole lot of sewing done.  I have about 10 FW blocks already cut out.  These will work well for the little snippets of time that I have available this spring.  I am ready to take this project to the finish line.
 By this time in the project, you are experts at half square triangles - especially the 1" finished variety.  I did my block very scrappy because those were the pieces I had.  The block in the book has 5 colors.  Please use your own colors, but for clarity, I am going to give the instructions by my colors.

White (background)

  • 4 - 1 1/2" squares
  • 4 - 1" finished half squares
    •  1 1/2" strip with Easy Angle
  • 4- Quarter Triangles 1 1/2" strip with Companion Angle
  • 8 - 1 1/2" X 2 1/2" 


  • 4 - 1" finished half squares 1 1/2" strip with EA
  • 4- 1 1/2" X 2 1/2" rectangles
  • 4- 1 1/2" squares
  • 8- 1" finished half squares 1 1/2" strip with EA

There are 40 pieces, so I better get started.

Use the take away method described here to trim off the corners of the aqua rectangles.    They are mirror image, so make sure you have wrong sides together if you are cutting in pairs.  The take away method is talked about in several other posts too, so you can always type in "take away" in the search box if you forget how.  Now that you have these cut, lay out all your pieces to make sure everything is going the right direction.

Sew the 4- purple/white half squares together and square up to 1 1/2"; join in pairs, then join into a 4-patch to form a pinwheel.  I pressed all these seams open.   Add a 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle to the left and right sides of the pinwheel- Press toward the rectangles.   Add a 1 1/2" square to both ends of the remaining 2 purple rectangles- press toward the rectangles, then join with the pinwheel unit.  Check to make sure it measures 4 1/2".

Join the green squares to the blue trimmed rectangles.  Add these to the white quarter triangles to make the side units- these should measure 1 1/2" x 4 1/2".  Join the remaining 4 squares to the left and right side of 2 of these units.  It is very important to sew these accurately to get everything to fit.  Make sure your aqua rectangles are exactly 2 1/2" long before you do the take away method.  If you find you are having trouble getting things to fit, Use 1 1/2" squares and use the stitch and flip method.  This may work better for you since the pieces are so small.

Add these to the pinwheel unit to complete the block.

Did you make it to the end?

Monday, April 14, 2014

We have a City!!

I know I have been rather impatient, but we have a city for my daughter.  My daughter will be traveling to the city of Mudgee in NSW, Australia this summer.  She will be there for about 11 months.  We were able to look it up with Google and see what her school will look like and take a bit of a virtual tour.  Mudgee is about 4 hours north and west of Sydney Australia.  It is a smaller community that is known mostly for farming (grapes and wine is the main crop).

Upon research I found some great images of Mudgee.

Hopefully she will get to the "The Drip" which is a little northeast of Mudgee.  Mudgee isn't too far from several forests.

She will never get tired of looking at the landscape -

I am so excited for her!

Retreat Recap

I greatly needed my weekend with friends.  It was great to have some sewing therapy.  I started by sewing this new quilt on Friday.  I worked on sewing the last 4 border pieces on this UFO.  It is ready to quilt - Yeah!  These 4 lonely sampler blocks are no longer in a box.  

I also worked on completing the sampler quilt that seems to have been living on my design wall for way too long.  It didn't take me long to pick the border fabrics for this one.  I am pleased with how the border fabric brings out all the colors in the sampler blocks.

I moved on to something new after finishing....(not really finished, but they are ready to be quilted), two items from the UFO parade.  I was a few days late in completing this for candy club, so I wanted to post it on my blog.  I used Moda Linen Mochi Dot for the background.  I have been seeing so many quilters playing with linen that I wanted to give it a try.  I love the earthy texture and elegant feeling it gives the table runner.  The candy pack is from French General, and I added some 2 1/2" square from my stash to make it larger.
I am halfway done with my goals for April.  It is a really good start at checking some more things off the list.  My pile of projects to get quilted is starting to add up.

Thanks for visiting, and stop back at Judy's to see what others are working on this week.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy finish!

I love these fabrics.  Such a beautiful quilt.  It is a great weekend retreat with friends at the library.

Monday, April 7, 2014

April Goals/March Recap

I fell a little short on my April goals.  I still need to quilt my pillows and bind 3 more quilts from January.

April starts baseball/softball/track stuff so that doesn't leave much sewing time.  I have a retreat this weekend which should help me to get a few things done.

This is what I will be working on in April -

  1. Quilt 2 more customer quilts.
  2. Put together the blocks for Lewis and Clark quilt.  I did manage to get the alternate blocks made in March
  3. Put borders on my 4-patch quilts set on point.
  4. Put the last border on the Churn dash blocks
  5. Bind the remaining 4 quilts from January
  6. Put together a new project that I cut out
  7. Quilt the pillows/runners that I made in February (after number 1-4 is completed)
Focus!!  I seem to be having some trouble with this lately.

I am ready for borders for this old scrap quilt.  I made the sashing in October.  I put it together earlier this year.  Now I am having some trouble picking the border fabrics.  I may just go with large bricks of several fabrics.  I is so large that I have to gather it in the middle to make it fit on the design wall.  I think it will be about 118" with borders.  Do you have a border preference?

We are still waiting (rather impatiently) for a city assignment for my daughter.  I don't know why this is harder than waiting for the country assignment.  I did manage to put together this cute little mug rug as a test block. The pear pattern is from Fig Tree quilts.  I love how it turned out.   

Stop over Judy's to see what others are working on on this week.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Well not much has been happening in the sewing room.  I have failed miserably on my goals for this month, but that will be another post.  I did manage to get these orphan blocks put together. I was contemplating tossing these blocks, but I am glad I took the time to set them.  I still have to add a border or two, but it is closer to completion.  I am also working on the setting for my Lewis and Clark quilt.  Maybe by the end of the week I will have some progress to report on that as well.

Spring break is over!  I am not sure how that happened, but I didn't get much done during my week off.  All my children will be starting up again with new sports this week.  It will once again be a hectic spring.

It won't be long and my oldest will be off to her year long exchange to Australia.  We are busy with preparations for departure.  She has started a blog to document her adventures if you would like to follow her.

Stop over to Judy's to see what others are working on this week.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Flunkie

I sadly don't have any finishes to report this Friday.  I have made some progress on some old UFOs from the UFO parade.

I like how these 4 blocks look with the churn dash sashing.  I am not sure what I will put between the blocks to divide them.

I will admit, I didn't think these blocks were worth salvaging in the beginning.  I wanted to move them to a new home.  I like how they look now.  I may donate them for a charity event.  Since the blocks started at 12", the new blocks are 21" without a sashing or border.

I am also moving forward on my Lewis and Clark quilt also.  In the middle of those blue blocks will be some pinwheels made from scraps.  I hung up the border fabric on the right to see how it would play with the rest of the quilt.  I have a lot of yardage of it, and I would really like to use it up.

Hopefully I with make some progress over the weekend on these projects.