Hello Everyone! I hope you are having as beautiful a weekend as we are. We have low humidity, a nice breeze and low temperatures. Not something we see often at the end of July in the Southeast.
I’ve had a busy sewing week and just thought I would update you on a few things.
I finished Sherri’s Quilting Life BOM blocks for July.
First up is the 12 inch block using Pondicherry Fabric by The French General for Moda.
Next is the 6″ Fig Tree block.
This was a very fun block and I played with the corner units before sewing it together per Sherri’s instructions. You can get several different looking blocks by turning the corner units. Maybe something to think about for a future mini! Also, as usual, Sherri’s picture instructions on her blog were very helpful.
Next up are the Moda Blockhead BOWs.
Number 20 is Devil’s Claw by Betsy Chutchian. Betsy’s instructions had you cut triangles for the flying geese and the right and left unit, instead of using the flip and sew method. She did give alternate methods on her blog for flip and sew and HSTs. If you look carefully, you can see that I used her original instructions. I thought I would challenge my sewing accuracy.
I thought I did pretty good! I did re-sew two seams that were off just a little, but overall, the block came out straight and to size except in a few spots.
Block Number 21 is Flying Geese Variation by Jo Morton.
If you are following along with the blockheads, or making them yourself, you might notice that mine is a little different. When was I choosing my colors, I intended for the dark fabrics on the geese to be in the middle, not the outside. I like to make flying geese using the 4 at a time method if I can. So, when I started cutting, I cut the large square for them in the light. I didn’t even notice it until I was posting the picture on Instagram. Then I noticed that the geese were “flying” in the wrong direction, too. Oh well. I like the way the block looks so I didn’t redo it. This setting for the block may show up later and if it does, I’ll make this one over following the directions!
After sewing the two graduation and T-shirt quilts where I mostly used my walking foot to quilt them, I wanted to do some fun quilting for me.
I dragged out my Blocks on the Go for Quilts that Grow EPP quilt that has been waiting since February for quilting.
I started quilting feather flowers, feathers, swirls, pebbles and few other free form motifs. It’s been fun and relaxing.
From the back, you can really see the quilting. I’m using color 2800 in Aurifil 50 wt. I’m about half way finished and have worked on it at least an hour a day.
You may ask, “Is she reconfiguring her machine between FMQ and making all those other blocks”? The answer is NO! I’ve been piecing on my Pfaff 1371 and quilting on my Pfaff QE 4.0. I am glad I kept my smaller machine when I got the new one. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but it still sews great and it’s nice that I can do piecing and FMQ without having to change things up on the machine.
I also finished the July Minis and More Parade mini this week and I’ll have a post about that on Tuesday.
Hope you enjoyed my show and tell today. I’m going to be away for a few days this week, so I won’t get as much accomplished but it will be fun to visit family. Thanks for stopping by.