Happy, wonderful WiP Wednesday! Whew, I’m sure glad we’re halfway through the work week. This past weekend was B-E-A-utiful in NC and I’m hearing whispers of another nice weekend ahead!
In my mind, the whole weekend was nice. In truth, Easter Sunday was rainy and dreary. But I didn’t mind because I was sitting inside QUILTING! Also, Easter is extra special in our household because we have two bunnies who live inside with us. Jack just turned 7 years old but still acts as youthful as ever. Jill just turned 5 years old and is, well how should we put it – special? Jill is a pure-bred dwarf Hotot (likely heavily inbred) while Jack is a hearty pet store buddy. She’s the beauty and Jack’s the brains. But we love them both just the same. Their cages are in the dining room / office / quilting room so they got lots of extra outside-of-cage playtime while I quilted Sunday.
Oh did I forget to mention, Oliver (our German Shorthaired Pointer – a strong hunter) was outside enjoying a bit of sunshine when the bunnies were out. He ignores them so long as they stay in their cages (and actually goes to visit them and gives them kisses). But if they are out and hop, whew, all hands on deck. We don’t think he’d try to hurt them, it’s just his monster paws alone outweigh them 2-to-1 and it that, my friends, could be a tough pill to swallow. So the bunnies get free time to scamper around the house while puppy is not inside. So what all got worked on this weekend?
Virtual Quilting Bee
Last week I showed you the first Origami Star block I completed. This week I’ve got another one to show you. I’m much happier with the way this one turned out! I accounted for the yellow wood grain to line up in the same direction for each of the four mini-blocks that make up the star, but forgot that each mini-block is quarter-turned. Mistake? Nah! Just another lesson learned. I still like how each mini-block has the wood-grain in the same direction. I’m learning a lot about forward thinking when it comes to quilt block design…
And here are all four blocks completed so far!
Ace of Cakes Quilt
I last left you with a stack of 100 flying geese with about 5/6 of them waiting to have seams pressed open. UGH! The small tabletop ironing board that my Mom sent me away to college with came in handy. May have been the first time it actually had been used in 8 years (sorry Mom!). As mentioned, I have confiscated the dining room / office as my makeshift quilting area and having a small ironing board to put on the dining table is a huge time save so I don’t have to walk back and forth from my machine to the main ironing board that is set up in the guest bedroom. Plus I get to chat with Mr QQ and listen to the NCAA basketball games – bonus!
So now I have a pile of 100 flying geese finished that will be sewn together for the sashing of the quilt:
I also started on the large blocks of the quilt. Not sure what you call this type of block, but I essentially made large HST with 8.75″ sides and then sewed two HST together into a block.
Easy peasy right? Yeah I thought so too until I CUT THROUGH ONE. There I was cutting apart my HSTs. So happy with my fabric choices for pairings. La la la life was good. Mr QQ was in the kitchen cooking and knew I was at the cutting mat with the uber sharp rotary cutter when all the sudden he heard all kinds of words yelled that should not be yelled on a Sunday, much less Easter Sunday. Luckily I didn’t cut myself, just the fabric – but oh my!
My heart dropped because this fabric is a few years old and very hard to find now. I had no extra pieces of fabric for the large blocks but I did have a little extra of the backing and binding fabric so I stole a HST from there. As of Tuesday night I have 8 of the 16 blocks complete! My goal is to finish the rest by Friday before we head to Raleigh for a weekend with my wonderful in-laws!
No progress this week on Baby Quilt #1 except for the beautiful Marmalade flannel arrived and I realized that I needed double…whoops! Bought some more today though 🙂 Need to pick a design too – anyone have any favorite HST baby quilt designs? I’m loving this website I found on Pinterest with some great layout ideas. Tough choice!
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out some of the other lovely quilts at WiP Wednesday!
Till next week,