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Bookshelf Mini Quilt

My friend Cathy, mother of Rachel and Louise, turned fifty recently and I had to commemorate the occasion. Cathy is an incredible writer, so I decided to make her a bookshelf mini, which hopefully she can hang in her writing shed.

Rainbow Bookshelf

Rainbow Bookshelf

I loosely followed the tutorial by Don’t Call Me Betsy and was fortunate to have lots of selvages, sent to me completely gratis by the lovely Alison of Little Island Quilting. (Speaking of Alison, go buy her book, it’s hilarious!)

Book titles

Book titles

The titles are fused on using double-sided fusible and then top-stitched.

I then took this baby to the longarm (which I have used embarrassingly little since forking over all of my savings) and went to town.

Quilting Detail 1

Quilting Detail above the shelf

Quilting Detail below the shelf

Quilting Detail below the shelf

AND! For the first time in nearly five years of quilting, I made a quilt label! My sources tells me it’ll fade because all I did was laser print directly on the fabric without any kind of fixative, but I left it to soak in water for a full day and there was no running or fading, so I’m hoping it’ll stay put. Names unskillfully removed via photo editing to protect the innocent.

Quilt label

Quilt! Label!

Louise’s Quilt

Remember the  Loulouthi Tiles quilt that I made for Rachel’s 18th birthday? You’ll recall that my idea for the quilt and my friend’s idea were… not quite the same. But she promised me that I could make the happy rainbow quilt I had envisioned for her second daughter, who was a wee lass of 14 back then, and was as happy as sunshine! And good god, I guess I’m getting old because Louise just turned 18!

I used the same pattern as the Whine and Cheese quilt but made it scrappy with as little repetition as possible. I had most of what I needed in my stash, but this is where my colour preferences reared their ugly head: I have practically no orange, blue, or purple scraps. So I begged for some scraps from friends, bought a bit of fabric while I was at the European Quilt Meeting, and eventually managed to cobble together just enough fabric for the top. Once I had all my pieces, putting the quilt top together didn’t take all that much time. Luckily, the one piecing mistake I made was at the outer corner so fixing it was not a problem.

For the back I decided to go with a more reasonably scaled big-square pattern, similar to the one I used for my brother’s quilt, but, to no one’s surprise, in a rainbow range. The one block that stands out is the dedication my friend embroidered. It was just a bit too small so I added two borders to it to get it to fit the scale. I love how the dedication block breaks up the rainbow range.

Quilt Back. Cat butt thrown in for free.

Can't decide which side of this quilt I like better!

Can’t decide which side of this quilt I like better!

I quilted this one the same way I had Whine and Cheese, with a straight grid in the sashing.

Quilting detail. I love a good straight line.

Quilting detail. I love a good straight line.

The binding is made of the trimmings from the quilt back.

Unclear when I became a person who enjoys hand binding.

Unclear when I became a person who enjoys hand binding.

We went to England in December so we delivered it then, well ahead of the birthday. Sadly but unsurprisingly, it chucked it down the entire time we were there so my plans to take it on a photo shoot in beautiful Avenham Park in Preston were very much foiled. Instead, here are some shots taken in a rather dark Premier Inn hotel room :(.

Love a scrappy binding.

Love a scrappy binding.

Scrap happiness.

Scrap happiness.

And here are some pictures of the quilt in the sunny wilds of England, courtesy of my friend.

The quilt on an actual sunny day in England.

This one shows the top of the backing grid. Some favourite fabrics in this one.

This one shows the top of the backing grid. Some favourite fabrics in this one.

Tula Pink City Sampler Quilt – FIN.

Reading through my previous posts about the Tula Pink City Sampler I can see that I was just brimming with optimism about the whole process. It’s like I knew right from the start that I would absolutely hate making this quilt. But the thing is, even though I often wanted to stab myself in the eye with an ice pick rather than work on it, this quilt was an incredible learning experience. For starters, I learned–oh, who am I kidding? Like I didn’t already know–that I hate fiddly. These tiny, tiny pieces did not get any less annoying as I made my way through the quilt.

sneak peek 1

But the fiddly aside, I realised through the making of this quilt that I’m a pretty confident quilter and that I’ve seen and read enough about quilting to be willing to take some risks and to rely on my own intuition. I took a lot of chances with this quilt that could have ended badly, but didn’t.

sneak peek 2

The City Sampler book is laid out in sections. The introductory section gives basic instructions regarding how to read the cutting and piecing instructions. The piecing section, which is split into shape-based subsections, is arranged in two-page spreads and shows a photo of the finished block on the left side, and cutting instructions and a piecing illustration on the right side. The final section shows various layouts for the finished quilt.

Here’s how this quilt came together. I made about twenty five blocks in 2013, another twenty or so in mid-2014, and then over fifty blocks in a single weekend this past January (I really just wanted to get it over and done with already). I did not buy any fabric specifically for this quilt, and used mostly my scrap bins and some of my stash. As for the colour scheme, I knew I wanted to make the gridlock layout and that I wanted it in the same rainbow arrangement, so when I made my blocks I loosely kept to the colour scheme of the blocks in the book.

While I was sewing the blocks, I put them up on the design wall in the order they appeared in the book (pardon the iPhone photography, as usual. I tend to sew in the evening and the light in my sewing room is appalling).

From 1 to 100

From 1 to 100. At this point, I was still wholly unimpressed with the whole thing.

When all the blocks were done, I rearranged them in the same order as the gridlock layout in the book, and then I started playing around with them, since the colours and values of my blocks weren’t an exact match to the book, so some of the blocks just didn’t look right. After my first layout attempt, I brought the Germ in to consult.

Bringing in the consultants.

He had thoughts.

Schnitzel said she was no expert, but agreed to take a look.

Schnitzel said she was no expert, but agreed to take a look.

Eventually I settled on a final layout and even remade one block that was really bothering me.

I’m not a particularly skilled free-motion quilter and didn’t want my quilting to detract from the quilt. I was also pretty sure that I didn’t want to piece the entire top and then quilt it, because the quilting I had in mind would require me to turn the quilt around constantly, and I knew it would be too heavy for me to manage that easily. I decided to try the quilt-as-you-go method that Maureen Cracknell demonstrates in this tutorial.

I split the blocks into six segments and added the sashing to each segment. The segments were each five blocks across, with four segments made up of three rows, and the last two made up of four rows. Once the six segments were sashed and basted, I quilted each block, mostly echoing the shape of the pieces in each block.

A quilted segment

A quilted segment. Guest appearance by tracked kitty litter.

Next, I sewed together each pair of segments into three rows across, and quilted the horizontal sashing with straight lines about half an inch apart. After that I sewed together the three segments, and then quilted the vertical sashing with the same half-inch apart lines. At this point the quilt was already fairly large, but still manageable through my large machine.

Rub my belly mom! The only thing that'll make this quilt better is drops of your blood!

Rub my belly mom! The only thing that’ll make this quilt better is drops of your blood! At this point the sashing was quilted and I was working on the borders.

Last, I added the wider borders and extended the quilting lines from the sashing to the edges of the quilt, and once all the borders were on, I circled the entire quilt with four half-inch apart lines.

And everything fit! I was able to line things up really well (using lots of pins), and the QAYG just worked! It was magical! The next picture shows how the segments were sewn together. I gave it all a good press before I started quilting, though the quilt is a little bumpy in the back where the segments are connected, but please, reader, ask me if I care. Go on, ask!  This picture also shows how I quilted each block. Lots of extra threads that I didn’t trim, but it doesn’t really matter since they’re hidden behind the quilt back.

Merging the segments

Merging the segments

For the back, I made a diagonal rainbow to more or less align with the rainbow on the front, and to attach the back to the front I simply stitched in the ditch along the sashing borders. Again, it was a fair bit of quilt to fit in my machine, but it was such quick and simple stitching that it didn’t seem at all unmanageable.

Echoing the front with a rainbow in the back.

Echoing the front with a rainbow in the back. You can see the bumps where the segments were connected.

The binding was also a rainbow, mostly lining up with the rainbow on the front.

And here it is in all it’s glory. And you know? I love this quilt so much. It was worth all of the annoyance and all of the itty-bitty pieces and all of the risk-taking.

All done! LOVE!

Here are some details of the quilting.

Quilting details 2

Quilting detail

And last but not least, I entered this quilt into a show! I finished it on Thursday and dropped it off the same day, and today it was on display for the day at the Patchwork Messe in Erding.

The woman on the left with the striped bag looked at it, turned to her friend, and said: "Now this is art." I squeed.

The woman on the left with the striped bag looked at it, turned to her friend, and said: “Now this is art.” I squeed.

Totem’s blue squares

Totem's gradient quilt

Totem’s gradient quilt

Remember the blue squares baby quilt? I knew as soon as I finished it that I wanted to make a full-sized version at some point, and that point came sooner than later when my brother Totem (not his real name)(but close enough) laid it on THICK that he was due a quilt. He was less than impressed when he found out I had made a quilt for our nephew (post pending), and a quilt for Sherry, WHO ISN’T EVEN RELATED TO US, as he was quick to note.

Speaking of Sherry, did I tell you the Germ was nuts? It was my 40th birthday ten days ago and the Germ arranged for several of my friends, Sherry included, AND my parents to come and visit me in Munich to celebrate. File under things I did not see coming. At all.

Anyway, with my parents came an empty suitcase, in which Totem’s quilt was expected to make a return journey to Toronto. No pressure or anything, considering I had the thing about half quilted and was on a break because quilting sucks.

Too windy to hold the quilt up so I draped it on a tree stump

Too windy to hold the quilt up so I draped it on a tree stump

I started working on this quilt in November and it went through several iterations on my design wall until I settled on the final grid. Totem initially wanted a quilt in black/white/red, which is one of my least favourite colour combinations ever. Since I don’t have many reds in my stash, and certainly not enough of a variety to form a gradient, I suggested using blues instead, and he was down with the plan (did I just age myself there? I *am* forty).

Love these blues

Love these blues

I started with blacks and greys and moved on to creams and whites, followed by light blues and dark blues. I finished piecing the top on Christmas eve, and did the back in the new year, which was a scaled up grid going from black to white using the fabrics from the top. Here’s a tip from me to you – make your big squares no bigger than your biggest square ruler. File that one under do as I say, not as I do. It took AGES to measure and cut the back.

Giant squares for the quilt back

Giant squares for the quilt back

The quilting is some not-so-straight straight-line quilting, about a quarter-inch on either side of the seam line (about only because I don’t have a quarter-inch walking foot yet)(not-so-straight because that quilt is HEAVY).

Straightish-line quilting

Straightish-line quilting

I did the quilting in one direction a couple of weeks ago, before the birthday excitement befell me, and finished off the other direction early last week when I realized the deadline was looming. I spent the rest of the week binding, finishing that off on a long car ride this past Friday. For the binding I used a light blue polka-dot fabric, which I didn’t actually use in the quilt but that goes well with all of the fabrics I did use.


Rocking the stump to show off the pretty binding

Rocking the stump to show off the pretty binding

You guys? I’m in love with this quilt, which means that at some point in my future I’m probably going to make another one just like it for me!

Use it well, Totem – Love you!

Sherry’s Colour Block Quilt

Color Block top

I’ve known my friend Sherry since about 2002. She and I used to post on the Television Without Pity (RIP) forums and I’m not entirely sure when she and I started communicating directly, but for the past few years we have chatted online almost daily (sadly not the case since I moved to Munich as I’m not allowed to be on the internets at work). In 2008 she flew up from Atlanta to Montreal to travel a bit with me and the Germ, and in 2011 she and I met in Paris for a few days as well. So that’s about… 9 days we’ve spent in each other’s company in more than a decade, but I consider her to be one of my closest friends.

Back in 2011 she was having a craft supply clearout (you know how I hoard fabric? Sherry is like that, but for about twenty different crafts) and decided to get rid of her fabric, so she put it all in a box and sent it to me in England. The postage alone cost $75, so you can imagine the size of this stash.

Since I had been bombarding the poor girl on our daily messenger chats with links to ALL THE QUILTS, it was quite obvious that I would be making her a quilt from the fabric she sent. Sherry isn’t a quilter so we were discussing (ok, I was discussing, she was probably eating a cupcake and rolling her eyes) quilt construction, and I sent her a link to the free patterns that Tula Pink had posted as part of the lead up to the release of her beautiful Saltwater fabric line, since the design of the patterns showed very clearly how each block is constructed. Seriously, check out the Tula patterns. I love how she designs them (with, ahem, a couple of niggles about this particular quilt pattern).



And so it was decided.

I used some of the fabric from Sherry, some fabrics from my own stash, and some solids that I bought at my (then) local fabric store, where the solids offerings were grim.

Color Blocks top

Color Blocks top

I started constructing the different blocks in May 2013, sneaking them in between other projects, and finished the top in September 2013, right around the time I found out I’d be returning to Munich.

I had so much to do before the move that even though I had just bought my new sewing machine for the very purpose of quilting large quilts, I just knew I would never get it quilted in time, so I farmed out the quilting to the local quilt shop near Preston, Quilters’ Quarters, where Emma did a gorgeous job with an overall rose pantograph. I would have preferred daisies, in retrospect, since they’re Sherry’s favourites, but I wasn’t thinking particularly clearly at the time. Sorry, Sherry! Next one.

Color Block back

Color Block back

I hand-finished the scrappy binding while we were on holiday in the Czech Republic in May of this year, and brought the quilt with me to Toronto recently, to mail from within the continent.

I’ll do a review of the pattern in a separate post to keep this from getting epic.

MQG Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

Back in.. April? May? I received an envelope with six Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels fat eighths courtesy of the Modern Quilt Guild. I had loads of time to think of something to do with them, so I mulled it over as I watched challenge projects pop up in my blog reader and on Instagram. The day before the deadline I decided that maybe it was time to do something about it.

A few things that had held me back to this point. The first is that I’m not particularly creative; I copy well, but don’t often come up with my own quilting ideas, and I couldn’t think of what to make. Secondly, the fabric was cute enough, but I was mostly ambivalent about it. While other participants went out and bought more Michael Miller fabric to make a bigger project, I didn’t want to, because, as I may have mentioned three million times, fabric in Germany is really expensive, and because I didn’t feel like spending money on fabric I didn’t absolutely love. Thirdly, one of the fat eighths was a reddish-orange solid, and the challenge rules were that only other Michael Miller fabrics could be used, or alternatively, other solids. Have I mentioned that I hate solids? Hate solids. But the deadline was looming and my local quilt shop was having a sale, so I popped in and in addition to buying lovely, but completely unhelpful fabrics for this cause, I also bought a meter of Kona Snow (and hi, can I just say that I really don’t see why everyone is so gaga about what is essentially a white sheet?).

I’ve had this picture on my phone for yonks and a half; something I saw on Pinterest at some point and saved for future reference, and I decided to try something similar. Given the limited fabric at my disposal, I went for a table runner.

I think it was a picture of a carpet, maybe?

I think it was a picture of a carpet, maybe?

I vaguely relied on a method Jacqui Gering demonstrates in her Improvisational Piecing, Modern Design class on Craftsy* (affiliate link, see disclaimer below) to piece the angled strips, which mostly worked, though I did need to unstitch a couple of the strips and try again.

Finished table runner top

Finished table runner top

For the back, I pieced together the leftover challenge fabrics and bookended them with what little of the Kona Snow was left.

Finished table runner back

Finished table runner back

For the quilting, I quilted each section separately using a matching thread (mostly Aurifil), with straight lines echoing the shapes the strips formed. I didn’t have quite enough of the white for the binding, so I cheated a little and used the sashing fabric I used in my Dreamweaver quilt, which reads white. Speaking of binding, thank you to everyone who offered thoughts and suggestions regarding the binding question in my blog hop post. I haven’t replied to everyone yet, mostly because I suck. The overwhelming consensus was that no matter how tedious, nothing produces better results than hand binding, and well. Is this not awful?

It's awful.

It’s awful.

Kiwi was giving me the stank eye as I was doing it. SHE KNEW. I give up on machine binding.

Are you sure about that?

Are you sure about that?

That said, the weekend after the challenge closed, the Germ and I drove down to the northern foothills of the Alps, just across the border into Austria. He’s training for a race around Mont Blanc (possibly I failed to mention that the Germ is as mad as a hatter) and needed to do some running in the mountains, so he set off early on Saturday morning and I met him halfway and then at the end of his route. There are worse places I could have been hanging out while unstitching the binding, right?

So dreamy.

So dreamy

I’ve now finished re-binding (by hand, which I have to admit was not really that awful considering, you know, the alternative) and I am pleased with how this turned out. Sheleg helped.

Some feline snow on Kona snow action (Sheleg=snow in Hebrew)

Some feline snow on Kona snow action (Sheleg=snow in Hebrew)

She seems to spend half her day on top of it, so I guess I’ve passed her QA.

Yeah, s'alright. You got food?

Yeah, s’alright. You got food?

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Work-in-Progress Wednesday

Huh, is it Wednesday already?

I’ve got a few irons in the fire at the moment, but the most pressing one (pressing! harhar!) is getting Rachel’s quilt finished. On Saturday I put together the quilt back (of which I took no photos because… I don’t know). It is, as requested, mostly black, but I added two 2,5″ stripes near the top and near the bottom with scraps from the front, running from purple to green, in alternating directions. I also included a small square near the bottom with an embroidered dedication, made by mom. It took me ages to put the back together, mostly because I’m one of these people who cut first and then measure, but in the end it turned out just fine.

I spray basted the quilt on Sunday morning, which took ages and was really messy because I was doing it on our carpet which is just covered in lint and cat hair. This normally doesn’t show, except when you’re working with black fabric, so there was an awful lot of de-linting as I was getting it ready to quilt. It was so tiring that I took a couple of hours’ break and went to the kitchen to make some stock and jam, only to come back to this:

Kiwi and Schnitzel, sending me a message to take the rest of the day off.

Kiwi and Schnitzel, sending me a message to take the rest of the day off.

How cute are they?! They stayed in that position for a good three hours and I didn’t have the heart to push them off, so I just left them and puttered a bit more. By the time they finally walked away the quilt was completely wrinkled and hairy and I had to press and de-lint it, again. I decided they were giving me a message to take the rest of the day off.

We had a bank holiday on Monday so I started quilting that morning. Because I insist on making things hard for myself, I decided to quilt each block in straight-line spirals. Is that a thing? Not sure what term to use to describe starting on the outside of the square and working in? Concentric squares? Here are a couple of pictures.

Concentric squares. Notice THE ENTIRE QUILT in that six" throat space?

Concentric squares. Notice THE ENTIRE QUILT in that six” throat space? FUN!

You’ll notice I’m using a regular foot, not a walking foot. That’s because the walking foot that came with my machine has nowhere to slot in a guide. Well done, Janome! Ever so helpful to do that so I’ll pony up £40 for an actually usable walking foot! This might explain why I got a bit of squishiness at the start of some of the squares. It’s obviously annoying, but I’m not especially fussed about it.

Things get a little squashy at the start of each block.

I’m using an Aurifil 50wt thread and I honestly don’t know how I ever sewed with Gutermann. It is AWFUL. I tried using it in my machine after I put the quilt aside and it just jammed up constantly. Infuriating. Anyway, for the top I’ve used a variegated blue/green shade and on the back I’m using a dark grey. I’ve only been quilting the blue/green squares so far, but I’ll switch to the variegated purple when I’m ready to tackle these. For the three feature blocks I was thinking of quilting just diagonal lines in one direction, just to switch things up a bit.

I realized this weekend that I’ll need to finish the whole quilt by this weekend as the birthday girl turns 18 on the tenth. NO PRESSURE.



Half-Square Triangle Chevron Quilt

When you’re new to quilting everything looks daunting. You start out making lots of mistakes and doing a lot more work than you need to because you’re guessing how to do things that others have figured out long before you.

I’ve not done a tremendous amount of angled sewing. It’s pretty much been straight lines for me so far, so chevron quilts looked quite complicated, until I came across this tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

A couple of years ago, right after I’d learned to sew, I went to a quilt shop with my mom and sister and bought a Tonga Treats 2.5” strip pack, which turned into this (cat not included)(unless you want her; she’s a bit of a beast). My sister bought the matching layer cake, but nearly two years later it had turned into nothing at all. I convinced her that she wasn’t going to do anything with it anyway, so she may as well just give it to me! And she did! And it’s just perfect for this chevron quilt, isn’t it?!

Finished half-square triangles.

Finished half-square triangles.

I didn’t have a white layer cake, so I cut out squares from some white-on-white fabric I had in my stash and got to work. Piecing this quilt took no time at all. I did it piecemeal but I estimate that I had a finished top in about 6-7 hours, including the (minimal) cutting time. You could probably save an hour if you’re working with two sets of layer cakes.

Finished chevron quilt top

Finished chevron quilt top. Special appearance: My piggy slippers.

For the quilting, I followed along the chevron with straight lines, though I admit I just sort of went at it without measuring (I used the sewing guide), so things got a little squishy towards the bottom of each chevron. I used white thread in the white spaces, and matching colours in the coloured sections. It probably took me longer to quilt this quilt than it did to piece it. It just seemed endless, particularly on my sewing machine, which has a tiny, TINY harp.

Quilted chevron quilt

Quilted chevron quilt.

Quilting detail.

Quilting detail.

For the back I used a colourful polka dot fabric. I normally add an extra touch to the back of a quilt to connect it to the top (usually a patched strip using the fabrics from the top) but I had a deadline, plus the backing fabric, though colourful, didn’t really match the colours of the batiks on the front nor was it white, which would have clashed with the leftovers I had.

It's not really finished unless Schnitzel has supervised the quilting.

It’s not really finished unless Schnitzel has planted herself on it while I’m working.

I made the binding out of the leftover strips I had from my sofa project and I’m really pleased with the way it turned out. I originally intended to fully machine bind, but it was taking too long and was looking pretty dodgy, so I hand finished it.

Binding detail. That's the same polka dot as the quilt back.

Binding detail. That’s the same polka dot as the quilt back.

The deadline I mentioned for this quilt was a visit to Toronto, where I left the quilt behind at my parents’ house. I didn’t cajole that layer cake out of my sister because I’m mean, I did it so I could make her a quilt to welcome her to her new/old home in Toronto, to which she’ll be returning after having lived in Israel for over a decade.

City Sampler Sew-Along

I’ve never been good at long-term projects. I am easily bored and even more easily distracted, which is why I’ve resisted joining any sew-alongs making the rounds in the quilting community. Until, that is, Tula Pink published her City Sampler book.

I should probably mention I don’t especially care for sampler quilts, but I was so impressed with Tula’s first book, Quilts from the House of Tula Pink, that I had to buy this one, and when Sara from Sew Sweetness announced she’d be running a sew-along for the book, I decided to play along.

True to my word about not being any good at long-term projects, I jumped right in and made nine blocks in one weekend, and then promptly forgot about the whole thing. However, now that I’m documenting my quilting, there is somewhere to be accountable for it so I’ll try to get a block or two (of the hundred in the book) done each week, and to hopefully finish the quilt by the end of the Sew Along in January. That’s doable, no? It’ll also ensure that I sit down at my machine and actually sew at least once a week instead of just dreaming about and planning my sewing projects.

I was incredibly lucky to see and touch the Gridlock quilt in person this weekend at the Festival of Quilts, and I am even more motivated now to get this quilt made. I can’t even describe how much this quilt… glowed. It was so, so beautiful in person–so much more so than in the book!

Tula Pink Gridlock quilt

Another shoddy, fuzzy iPhone picture, you say? Tula Pink Gridlock City Sampler

In the book, each two-page spread is dedicated to a single block. The left side shows a photo of the finished and quilted block, and the right side provides an illustration of how to piece it. It’s a simple and quite lovely presentation. The last part of the book offers a number of block assembly options, and I’m going with the Gridlock assembly, which has the blocks arranged (shockingly) in a rainbow range, with vertical and horizontal sashing. Quite helpfully, the blocks photographed in the book are from the Gridlock configuration and are already arranged to create the rainbow range, so as long as I stick to the colour scheme in the book for each block, I don’t need to calculate how many blocks I need of each colour in order to attain the range.

Like my Missing U quilt, I initially planned to only use scraps for this quilt, but realized I’d never finish it if I waited for scraps, so I’ll cut into fabric as necessary. Since the blocks for this this quilt are quite small (6.5” unfinished), they don’t call for much fabric anyway. That said, I’ll still go to scraps before turning to my stash, so I won’t be making the blocks in the same order as the book, but rather will go with whatever scrap colours I have.

Here are the pictures of the blocks I’ve done so far (more dodgy photography, I know. I started constructing a lightbox this weekend to make sure that this never happens again!)(who am I kidding, the iPhone is never more than a foot away from me and is always the first camera I reach for)(but I promise to try!). You can also follow along on my Flickr stream, where I have a set dedicated to this quilt.


I took my sewing machine in for a service (and um, to help recover the feed dog screw I may have dropped into it) so I spent last night cutting up pieces for five or six more blocks. I’ll cut a few more this week so I can power through the blocks as soon as I get her back.