Sunday, December 20, 2015


No,  no, no, not dusting with a rag or a piece of sprayed batting! A dusting of fresh new snow, wheeeee! It has since all melted off but I think that this was our first snow of the season. Miss Emma Lynne was amazed to see it really, really here at last. She was wagging her tail!

Whenever I feel the urge to do some mindless sewing lately, I've stitched up a pair of all-neutral string blocks. I'm up to 42 made now, yeay!

They kinda make their own Leader/Ender project, with one chasing the other through the machine.

After I trimmed a big bunch of them, I had wee bits of trimmings that were too small to sew, and those got saved for my pillow fluff bag. I mix the too-small scraps with half and half polyester fiber to bulk it up.

One UFO of mine was my small quilt, "Moody Blues." I had already pieced and free motion quilted it, but it languished for the want of a binding.

After many unhappy auditions of binding choices, my final decision was to go with a self-binding of the same fabric as the dark blue outer border. These photos make it look black but it is dark blue.

I was waiting for my machine to get back from the "spa" to get the binding strips joined. Now that she's back and sewing, that's all done, yeay! Next, I got it trimmed of the excess batting and binding.

Then I got the binding all machine-sewn onto the front of the quilt and ready for hand-hemming on the back. My plan is to take this one with me for our Evergreen Country Primitives (Link.) hand-working circle on the last Tuesday of the month, the 29th. It will finish at about 20"X24". I hope it fits the dolly bed!

Felix has his car up and running as of yesterday, so I should be able to go. That is, "God-willing an' the creek don't rise!"
As for my stacks of carefully arranged blocks for "Stars In A Time Warp," designed by Barbara Brackman, I'm up to row 5 of the "joining-them-up" process. Link.

I'm so glad that I chose to make my stars to finish at 8" with the hourglass blocks the same size, because I want a big bed quilt.
There are two red backings that I'm considering; one is woven cotton, and the other is cotton flannel. Not sure yet. I'm leaning towards the Judie Rothermel 108" wide one that I'd bought last February from Thousands Of Bolts. Link.

It is pretty, don't you think?

I'll be linking up with Oh Scrap! Link.
And on Monday Making at Love, Laugh, Quilt Link.
And to Em's Scrapbag Link. 

Happy quilting!


Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I have been slowly saving neutral strings for my own string quilt. It will be fun to see yours finished. Thanks for sharing all your pretty projects with Oh Scrap! I always like to see what you are up to!

cityquilter grace said...

wild reds! either one will do nicely...and we didnt get any dusting at all....lovely neutral blocks too

gayle said...

We got about the same amount of snow that you did, but it's mostly gone today.
You've got some wonderful projects going there! I can't wait to see that Stars in a Time Warp all put together - I've enjoyed seeing your blocks right along. And those string blocks look like good soothing fun!

Janet O. said...

If you want a white Christmas you can come to my house!
And I wish I could join you at Evergreen Country Primitives. Loved that place!
Sometimes a binding of the sashing fabric is the only solution. It always surprises me when I can't find anything else that works, but it happens! : )
Oh, that is a gorgeous Rothermel red.

Feathers in my Nest said...

I've been sewing shirt strings together in my spare time, don't know why, just felt like it!
Still waiting for our 1st snow...sadly.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Beautiful fabrics, glad your machine is home from the spa. Always so nice to complete a project even if your camera shows the fabric more black than navy

Bonnie said...

You are making some nice progress. Yep, I do like those wide backs! On to finishing the final part of the binding.

PaulaB quilts said...

You will appreciate having all those strip blocks done when you need them. Moody Blues is a charming little quilt. That red print is so gorgeous it would be a shame not to use it for your special project. BTW, I found your post on Making Monday, glad,to find you again.

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