A quick glance at my design wall this morning gave me the inspiration for this post.
It's got a few bits and pieces on it —
And then assembled them. This is the top left hand corner of the quilt.
First and foremost we see the Churn dash blocks.
I said I was going to sew up the 12" sized blocks next and I made a good start, with five of them made.
I got a little restless with those, wanting to see how the whole quilt was panning out (in other words, hoping that I was heading in the right direction!).
So I made one of the 18" blocks which incorporates one of the 6" blocks previously made) —
The photo below sort of shows the layout of the quilt; there are different sized blocks scattered all over the place!
I discovered, once I sewed these blocks together that this design also has some 8" blocks which form part of some huge 24" blocks...they have peculiar cutting sizes (16ths are mentioned) but not too many are needed so I am hoping they aren't too problematic to make (and get the size right) or I will be doing some improvising!!
The pattern I am using is Barn Dance by Denise Russart.
So the churn dashes have sort-of become my main project, rather than my leader-ender project which is what they started as.
My leader-ender project is now sewing copious amounts of hourglass blocks. These will be used in the setting of the 36-patch blocks I made a couple of months ago when I was having a sort out of my scrap 'bins'.
I had made the 36-patch blocks and hadn't yet decided on which fabric to set them with. Now that the decision has been made, I will chip away at these blocks. They are all the same fabric and all the same block - not my ideal sewing but they go together quite quickly!
I've discovered if I make these blocks as pairs, twirling the centre of one, and not the other, that I can nest the seams nicely, and they sit a lot better - and those points match up a lot easier too.
EDIT no, I don't need to clip any seams to achieve this; it's simply a matter of pressing the seam two different ways .... and it happens like magic! I do try to always press to the dark, but you don't have much choice when making the hourglass blocks (the way I make them!)
Which makes for less bulk in the seam and better points!
Sigh - the things that occupy my mind at times!! But they do say it's the little things that make a difference :-)
And this pattern is Smidgeon by Jessica Dayon.
There are two stitcheries up there on my design wall. The bigger one ("To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow") I have shared before but the small one is one I just completed recently. With idle hands one evening, I searched in the drawers next to my night time stitching chair and found it waiting for some attention. I'm not sure where it came from and what my idea with it was, but it's very cute. Being just 2" x 3" it didn't take too long to stitch.
Well this missive is getting a little long so I will finish it here. My PC is also doing one of its anti-virus scans and everything is a bit slower than usual.
After very little sewing time this week, I hope to get a bit done now!
'til next time,