|Embassy Windows -- finished!|
I had been feeling so lethargic and plain sad after the election. I made it through my days, but felt like I was wading through molasses. After work and getting dinner on the table, I didn't have any energy for sewing. On Friday, with the Veteran's Day holiday, I turned a corner. To get my sewing mojo, I tackled a few of The Splendid Sampler blocks that had been piling up in my absence.
First I tackled Bows designed by Jane Davidson. Her original patter was paper pieced. I reworked it so that I could piece it regularly. I love how the intersection of her four bow blocks came together and I made sure that I kept that aspect when I reworked it. I also added another 1/4" to all the outside pieces so that I would have better odds of getting a true 6 1/2" block. Sometimes my seams are bigger than a scant 1/4" and my block ends up a hair small. I really find this block beautiful and my fabric choices were "on point" as my son would say.
|Bows designed by Jane Davidson|
Next up was Little Things by Jacquelynne Steves. I knew when her pattern appeared that my version of her block would be pink and gray, like my china and place mats that I made previously. I've lugged some of those scraps through all my many moves these past 25 years. I love the block!
|Adding my tea cup and place mat to the photo.|
|Little Things designed by Jacquelynne Steves|
Feeling that I could continue, I trimmed my Embassy Windows quilt and pinned the binding. Every stage of this quilt has been fun. I think the binding fabric was a good choice. I like that it is dark and the dots fit right in with the rest of the fabrics.
After returning from Selim's soccer team farewell dinner, I sewed on the binding. I didn't want to take my sewing machine to Mom's on Saturday, so I felt really good to have the binding on and ready for the hand sewing part.
Saturday morning I had a couple of hours before heading out and I finished two more blocks. A Taste for Giving by Joan Ford was so fun. I love her canning jars. My fabric for this sampler quilt didn't have food prints, so I went with pink and blue. And I do more freezing than canning...but I still loved the block. Instead, imagine that these are jars of freezer jam, strawberry and blueberry.
|A Taste for Giving designed by Joan Ford|
The last one of the morning was Jersey by Carrie Nelson. I'm not sure where I went wrong on her block with either my cutting or following the directions. But I had to remake the flying geese parts of the block because the first time they were 1/4" too short. I switched methods and paper pieced them instead. Second time around worked like a charm. I love this block too. There is something so sweet about it.
|Jersey designed by Carrie Nelson|
I spent much of Saturday afternoon on Mom's couch, hand sewing. I didn't expect to get it all done in one day. But I did! And then today, after lunch, I took it out for a photo shoot. Woo-hoo!
|The green goes great with the new siding.|
|Draped over the rocks by the Hall.|
|Matching lichen and rock colors to the quilt.|
|Straight line quilting|
|All folded up!|
Next up: curtains for the man cave. Now that the leaves are off the trees, it is easy to look right in the windows from the road. I told my hubby that I would work on those over the Thanksgiving weekend. Now that I'm back in the groove, I should be able to knock those off before the end of the year.