A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was working on another applique block for the first row of the sampler that I’d started. I finished that up awhile ago, and got this far: ( and waited until after the Artic Blast / Polar Vortex to put it out on the line : )
So the first row is handwork and the connector is machine pieced. At that point, I was hesitating between continuing on with the basket theme or doing a sort of ‘row along’ type of quilt.
The other day, I visited Lori’s blog as I often do ( Humble Quilts ) and she had a basket post up ( HERE ) and that decided it for me. I would continue on with baskets. ( Until I changed my mind again : )
I did a bit of prep work for a few little pieced baskets to start another row, and have started to sew the first one. The first thing that I did was sew 2 triangles together incorrectly but hey, I wouldn’t be me if I did anything right the first time! :) Since I have several things going on with different color schemes, in my mind I have started to call this my ‘Bright & Happy Sampler”
Some people can start one project and methodically continue on with it until it is completed. I can do that if it is something like cooking a meal or painting a room, but in regards to sewing, I find that I do better if I have a variety of projects going on.
This one’s old…been fooling around with it for awhile… ( since the fall ) but it is coming along and I know that the minute that it is done, I’ll want to start another: Making a Rag Rug in a Loom:
I now have it reserved for those early morning times when you don’t need a lot of light to do something, and actually are awake enough to do it for a bit. This is a favorite spot for the kitty…dozing in the warmth of the radiator, but all that she has to do is turn around for some bird-watching as there are feeders outside the window.
( Oh, look…the missus cardinal was one of the visitors that day )
Since that day the snow has melted, the Polar Vortex went away, and the forecast was for a temperature of 50 degrees on Saturday. I’d envisioned brushing the dogs and washing the car and lots of wonderful 50 degree activities. Well, the car did get washed..by pouring down rain and we even had thunder and lightning. It was very windy so it did not feel warm at all :( Just dreary and dark.
WE HAVE THE WINTER DOLDRUMS! :
And that is why for this Sunday’s Slow Stitching session I’ll be working on piecing a little basket block for the Bright & Happy Sampler :)
I hope to finish this one up and start on the next one…
A few readers asked about the Benjamin Biggs quilt project when I’d posted about it. I had troubles on my first round ( the January block ) with a lot of unraveling of the fabric. I’d been using the sizing + iron method for basting and after I tortured the fabric to death, it rebelled! :) So I glue-basted on the second round and that worked out a bit better but after sewing the middle portion down I put it aside for the time being. There is a FB group and several ladies have posted finished blocks, others are downloading the patterns but not doing anything until they finish up other projects and some are still debating fabric and color choices. In addition there is a revised pattern of the block which I printed out to take a picture of.
Some of the ladies will create this revised block. One lady uploaded a picture of hers yesterday and it is just stunning. I inquired as to what method she used and it was back-basting plus needle-turn. I think that quite alot of people are using this method…I just watched a You Tube tutorial on it and learning / trying it is on my ‘to-do’ list :)
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