Sewing Accomplishments

I did get some sewing and fabric work done over the weekend. Nothing fantastic, but it felt good just to be handling fabric.

I actually finished this block on the way back from our ski trip the first weekend in March. I didn’t get around to pressing it until this past weekend. I started this block years ago in an Elly Sienkiewicz class when I thought I might want to do a Baltimore Album Quilt. Two blocks taught me my lesson. All of you who do needle turn applique’ are goddesses. I will never be one. This block will go into the orphan block quilt that I plan to make when I am old.

I just stopped receiving the 4×4″ squares from Benartex. I decided not to renew my membership in the club as receiving the 4×4″s was starting to get on my nerves. I no longer wanted to find a place to stash them and have given up on making a 4×4″ square quilt. However, this group came and was on my sewing table on Friday when all of sudden I became desperate to sew. I just sat down and sewed them all together. They are definitely in the color scheme of Robyn Pandolph, a color scheme that I admire. I always think I might make something in this color scheme, but then always end up adding hot pink or lime green, which isn’t this scheme at all. This was a good way to get it out of my system with very little effort on my part. Now I have a big rectangle of squares on my design wall and am not sure what to do next. I could do nothing and just admire what I have when I am in a Robyn Pandolph sort of mood. I could make a table runner. I could make this the center medallion of a quilt. I am not sure yet. Still, it was fun and fun is definitely a good thing.

I also finished my block for the Sampler class. The technique was foundation piecing and the block is a simple New York Beauty. I am not happy with it at all. It is too simple. This block made me think that I could just keep these blocks as class samples and not make them into a quilt. This presumes that I will teach a sampler class again. There is something about the blocks together that makes me not want to make them into a quilt. I will have to figure out what.

I also made progress on SLB’s wedding shower quilt. I cut all the blocks and all of the strips that we picked out. I plan to start sewing the strips this weekend.

RE: More Thoughts on Dots — I also began cutting 6.5″ squares of dot fabrics with the thought of making a simple yet happy quilt with all of the dot fabrics that I have. So far I have four blocks. Immerhin.

Author: Jaye

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

6 thoughts on “Sewing Accomplishments”

  1. your applique piece looks loverly, jaye! and i like the 4x4s all sewn together – they look very soothing.

    good on ya for playing w/fiber 🙂 you do it so well!

  2. Figures Benartex sends out something cool right when my subscription ran out. hmmph. That is a really good color combo. I say do some applique over the four squares. Or some inset strips pieced in.

  3. you’re very welcome! we were on vacation for almost 2 weeks, so i was behind in reading for a bit.

    and i’m sure that lots of folks are reading and enjoying, they just aren’t posting.

  4. I hope you had a great time on vacation, Kristen. I hope you are right and many people are reading. Those of you who are quiet, I would love to hear your comments. Thanks for reading!

  5. Julie, I don’t think the colors are really your style. They do look great together, but you are more of a purple and magenta person. I like what I made (the rectangular piece), but don’t really think that the colors are my style. They are incredibly appealing, though. Applique’ or slash, huh? Definitely worth considering. Thanks for reading!

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