In a prior post I showed 4 green & purple quilt blocks sewn together…and towards the end of the week a blogger with an eagle eye ( Renee at Quilts of a Feather ) asked a tactful question that made me double check that post and realize that I had some seam ripping to do! : ) I am thankful that she caught it, before I worked on another four and perhaps made the same mistake. So there was a bit of re-sewing this week. ( Sigh )
I have a lawn comprised of many varieties of grass, weeds and clover…and some of the grass has started to grow. On the same day that I started seam ripping, I decided to take a break and mow grass in the spots where it was getting deep. Hmm…I guess my mechanic son needs to take a look at the “Good” mower. I ended up having to use the old-fashioned reel mower. Well it was one of those days! :) Still, while I was outside, I discovered that a few of my daffodils were in bloom, and once I’d finished fixing what Renee had discovered, I started sewing the next round.
Over the last few weeks, I sewed several basket blocks…two were for pillows ( One finished awhile ago, one just finished ) and five were sewn into a row. I didn’t have a chance to take pictures until this weekend. Here are the five in a row:
Here is the finished pillow, in the middle of the picture…it was hand-pieced, and there is very minimal hand-quilting ( just outlining ) in it. Just finished up a day or so ago.
And here are the basket blocks sewn onto the first row of the sampler. The third row is going to have to have another round of applique in there for consistency.
The first row was all hand-pieced and hand-applique: Cactus Basket pattern. The second row was machine pieced…May Basket. I ran into this : the rows were a different size :
FUN! ( not :) I just sewed some strips at each end of the second row…I’ll have to see what happens with the third. Different methods, patterns, etc. And then there’s me..throw me into the mix and there will be problems :) Learn as I go ….
For instance, here is my ‘fixed’ green and purple 4 block section, thanks to Renee, and another one done that did not repeat my first mistake ( at least I don’t think it did :)
As to hand-quilting, what to do next. The pillow was done, and the snowball quilt as well.
At the end of March I showed these 3 blocks:
I was debating whether or not to hand quilt them for a table runner. The other day I decided to go ahead and do so. This is in the hoop for Slow Stitching Sunday.
We finally have a weather break. Warm temperatures and sunshine. I got a nice bit of outside work done on Saturday, and Sunday will be more of the same…When I Slow Stitch, it will be out on the front porch, enjoying the weather! :) I have one more side to complete in regards to the snowball quilt binding…while I ‘allowed’ myself to start hand-quilting this block, the deal was I had to finish the binding and finish the snowball quilt before I do any more hand-quilting. I suppose that I am nuts but this is how I manage myself :)
And I can’t get carried away and complacent…checking the 5 day forecast it will be going down to 28 degrees in just a few days. So Spring is here but She’s in & out again…like a quick revolving door. Therefore I will greatly enjoy and appreciate sewing in sunshine this Sunday.
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