A Quick Quilty Update

Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a good weekend. This week I started quilting the County Fair quilt and have made plans for a few other things.

Here is County Fair under the machine! It’s a large quilt and I’m glad I have the extra space on my sewing table. I finished stabilizing the quilt by stitching in the ditch of all the sashing seams using my free motion foot. I find I’m more accurate with it than a walking foot because I can maneuver more easily as I’m stitching just in case the seams aren’t perfectly straight. (Are they ever, lol)? I’ve done the easy part because I knew what to do. I haven’t decided what to do with the blocks, yet. They have not finished talking to me.

While I’m waiting for the quilt to talk to me, I’ll start working on the Autumn Stars blocks again. It’s been over two years since I’ve touched these. I’m giving a flying geese presentation at our community quilt group this Friday and can use these as samples. I’ll be showing how to make the geese one at a time, four at a time and using foundation paper from Fat Quarter Shop. I’ll also be giving tips on different rulers and sewing techniques to use. I did a similar presentation at my quilt guild in Georgia so I still have the notes from that. This time however, I found a better printout for the four at a time geese from Julie, The Crafty Quilter. You should check our her Tips and Techniques section for all kinds of goodies.

This is a finished Autumn Stars block. I designed it when I fell in love with the Cheddar and Indigo fabrics by Nancy Gere from Windom Fabrics a few years ago. There are lots of units in this block that need to be made before sewing it all together. I need to make 9 more blocks and then I can start piecing them together.

I finished piecing these hexi flower blocks together over a week ago. They are English Paper Pieced using 1″ hexies. I made them from a mini charm pack (2.5″ squares). I don’t have the tag for the fabric so I’m not sure what the fabric collection is, except that it’s an older Moda line.

I’m going to make a mini quilt, but don’t have a final design yet. I did go through my fabrics and found some that would go with the colors of the hexi flowers. The taupe is from Minick and Simpson’s Portsmouth which is about the only color I had that worked with the taupe in the flowers. I only had a small piece of the Zen Chic Spotted left (white) so I ordered more. When it arrives, I’ll finalize the design.

This week I’ll be busy making my samples for the flying geese presentation and continuing to quilt County Fair. It should be a good week for sewing. I hope yours is too.

Thanks for stopping by!

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2 Responses to A Quick Quilty Update

  1. Little Quiltsong says:

    Lovely quilty items on your sewing table. I like how you said – the blocks haven’t ‘spoken’ to you yet. That is how I often feel, but hard to explain to people who don’t understand this. So many times items need to ‘simmer’ a while because the next step needs to be ‘finalized’ :)! Enjoy your weekend, Brenda!


  2. Lydia says:

    I practiced FMQ on a small table topper today and while it’s not great, I have a better idea of how to quilt the next project. I also pulled out all my fabric and am going to pair up patterns and fabric over the next couple weeks. My big question is what to do with leftovers from kits and what to hang onto and how to organize the smaller bits and pieces. Am feeling very inspired right now.


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