Records indicate that I started the Sweet Sixteen quilt in February 2016.
This has been my primary leader-ender project ever since.
One hundred sixty eight blocks later, it is ready for assembly. I hope it looks as interesting in real life as it has in my imagination.
Currently I have two projects in progress that have alternating blocks.
First is the Sew Splendid Sampler quilt. I stitched along, sort of. Mostly I just did the pieced blocks, but I also added a few ideas of my own. I knew I wanted a quilt at least throw size and the only way seemed to be to use alternating blocks. So, the block I shared recently is my alternating idea. This is how it looks laid out with the pieced blocks.
The whole thing is a little different for me. I found myself with an abundance of 1930s reproduction fabrics and thought to use them on this quilt since it was all an experiment. I don’t hate it, but I am not as confident in this range.
Next is the Jolly Christmas Quiltalong. Again, I have mostly stitched along, but also added some outside blocks. Again, I want a larger quilt, so I used her Poinsettia Block, slightly modified, as an alternating motif. I plan to use sashing (color not determined) and gold cornerstones to extend the Irish chain effect.
I like this one more, but I am concerned that the alternating blocks are taking center stage because of their bold design.
So many of my finishes lately have been quilts I wasn’t quite sure of. That isn’t a bad thing, though. Hopefully it means I am still learning and growing as a quilter. If you never try something that makes you at least a little uncomfortable, you aren’t going anywhere new.
What do you think?
It is a block design I am trying out as alternating blocks for my Splendid Sampler blocks. It can easily be sized for 6″, 8″ or 12″ finishes. I am liking it, but am interested in your opinion and suggestions.
Miss Jenna’s late wedding gift is quilted. Two more are back from the quilter. Bindings are attached.
You can guess what I’ll be doing this weekend…
The vacuuming got done. The dinner got done. A little more yard work got done.
The top got done.
YAY! Happy National Quilting Day!
ps–Miss Jenna’s quilt languishes. Maybe I will get it basted tomorrow, but I really can’t feel bad about today with all that did get done.
As I was heading out to plant the peas, Young Son arrived at home with two friends. Two hungry friends. I offered a late lunch in return for a little help in the yard. They gladly agreed. In addition to cleaning up a large amount of leftovers, they also raked and finished cleaning up the back yard. While I still got the peas planted.
Now I need to do up the dishes before they overwhelm the countertop, then I will vacuum.
More coming soon…
The dishes are done. The vacuuming is not done. Sparkle Jane got home and is taking a much-needed nap. So, poor me (I don’t sound very sad, do I?), I really had to do something quiet. Like sew.
The center of the top is half assembled.
So far today I have shopped for groceries, cleaned the refrigerator, mulched the strawberry bed, gathered the pruning branches from the apple, cherry and nectarine trees, wiped down the mirrors, vacuumed the downstairs and put away laundry.
And laid out the quilt top…
Now I need to vacuum the upstairs and plant the peas, then I can stitch a bit more.