Why do I always seem to think of Christmas quilts when I have little time left to make them before the holiday? Oh well, maybe this year I will actually get one done BEFORE Christmas.
Several pieces are cut and ready to go on my design board today.
You may have an easy time figuring out what this block is going to be
as it begins to take shape. But then again...
I am still working on those little triangle squares for my leaders
and enders when chain stitching.
Well, I am sure you have it fugured out now. This is the first pieced house block I have ever made. It was really quite fun and has inspired me to think about designing a few myself.
All together now, just need to add the H for this little house block
At the end of the day it is time to press all those tiny triangle squares I have been sewing.
Itty-bitty things are an inch and a half, just the right size for a little project I have in mind.
I feel so accomplished sewing two quilts at once!
Just a little side note and shout out to a reader across the sea.
I see that one of my website visitors today is from Newcastle Upon Tyne.
My geography was eluding me so I had to look it up.
This photo is from their tourism website.
How cool is that bridge! (Newcastle is in the United Kingdom by the way.) Thanks for the geography lesson. I love learning new things!
Wherever you are I hope that you are having a lovely day.
Here is how my day started...
First thing to do is make triangles with some of those squares..
For this block I need to sew triangles onto the squares to make a square-in-the-square blocks. Once those are done it is time to sew those little blocks together. I find a pin inserted through the points on the blocks helps to line them up. I start with one pin through the back of the bottm block.
Next I poke the pin through the point of the top block as pictured here.
With the pin in place I am ready to sew. I like toleave my pins sticking out like this as I can hold it as I feed the material under the needle. When I am near the pin I slow down and stop a stitch before I reach the pin. Since I use the needle down position it keeps things nicely lined up when remove the pin before proceeding.
This block went together pretty quilckly. Do you recognize it? My pattern used the same fabric for all of the orange triangles. I really wanted the star to stand out so I used a darker orange for half of my triangles in order to achieve the look I wanted.
The letter K was added and appliqued using the Double Blanket Stitch on my machine. And there we have it. K is for Kansas Star.
Ah, but my work was not done. Our quilt guild president issued a challenge for us this month. We had been given an outline for a pumkpin pattern and she suggested that we all do something with it. Having recently finished my McKenna Ryan top I decided I could design mine with a little fusible applique. Now I am trying to decide which background fabric to use. Presented here in no particular order are the fabrics I am auditioning.
Which do you like best?
And Number 7
Taking life a stitch at a time,
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