2013 has arrived. The party hats are gone and the bells and whistles are silent. Time to open a new chapter. My sewing rooms have been whirring with activity. Today I’ve been spending time sorting through remnants of Sandy Quilt # 1 as I look back on my recent accomplishments.
Until I sat down to list my completed projects I had thought the list would be small. Now I’m amazed at the length. Here’s what’s finished:
1. Applied the binding to Sandy Quilt # 1.
Blanket stitched around the labels for Sandy Quilt # 1.
3. Finished Sandy Quilt # 1. You may find links to the history of this quilt here, here and here. These are its vital statistics:
The quilt has 6 rows of 7 blocks each = 42 blocks
The quilt measures 85 1/2″ wide x 97″ long
The blocks came from Michigan (4) , Tennessee (14), Vermont (1), Washington (6) and Wisconsin (17)
The quilt has two borders. Border # 1 is lavender and measures 3″ wide. Border # 2 is black and measures 4″ wide.
The binding is black
The brand of batting is Warm & Natural
The backing was constructed from a variety of blue fabrics from my very own stash.
Last week I told you I was participating in the Sandy Quilt Block Drive over at the Quilting Gallery. Since last Wednesday I have been receiving packages from all over the United States and Canada. The number of quilt blocks in each package varies. Some contain two, some may have six and still others just might house twenty. Together they add up to a whole lot of blocks.
Forty-Two is the Magic Number
As the blocks come in I stockpile them waiting for the magic number of forty-two. Forty-two is the number of blocks it takes to make one Wonky Sandy Quilt. I reached that milestone on Monday. Yesterday I began preparing the blocks for assembly. Each block was carefully pressed. Once I was satisfied with its appearance I took the block to my cutting board where I performed surgery. You see each block must be trimmed to a 12.5″ square block. The process of cutting renders the block its “Wonky” shape. I found this step to be rather entertaining. As I twisted and turned my 12.5″ square ruler this way and that I watched as various possibilities developed. I felt so powerful, yet creative like an artist. The cuts I would make with my ruler and rotary cutter would change the block forever. One by one I transformed all forty-two blocks into a “Wonky” Log Cabin quilt square.
Rows to Build
With my pile of forty-two “Wonky” squares in front of me, my next task was assembling them into rows of six squares. Each of the squares has a unique appearance. No two are the same. Because they are all different that makes it very easy to assemble them into rows. I gathered together six squares and sewed their adjoining seams. Once row one was finished I continued with six more rows of six squares. By the time all forty-two squares were sewn into strips I had seven rows of six blocks. Time to go to the ironing board.
Press, Press, Press
All seven rows needed their seams pressed. I used an alternating pattern to press the seams. Row one had its seams pressed to the right, row two to the left, row three to the right, etc. By alternating the direction the seams were pressed I was making the next step of sewing the rows together much easier. As I pressed the seams I was careful not to distort the structure of the blocks. From the ironing board I headed back to my cutting table.
Six Blocks Per Row, Seven Rows Per Quilt
Next step was pinning the rows together and sewing those seams as well. Beginning with rows one and two I laid them out, with right sides together. Since I am a real perfectionist I use lots of pins. I’m very fussy when it comes to matching up seams. As I moved from one end of the row to the other I strategically placed pins to avoid excessive movement of the two strips. My goal was to finish with all seam intersections lining up perfectly. When I was satisfied with the number of placed pins I took the strip to my sewing machine and stitched the seam. After reaching the end of the row I snipped my threads, cautiously flipped open the two rows and peeked inside. I was so pleased to find all of the seam intersections just as I would want them to be. The process was repeated until I had all seven rows stitched together. Once finished I again carefully pressed open my seams. The end result was a really cool quilt top. Here’s a sneak peek.
Left To Do Is:
1. Choosing fabrics for two borders,
2. Stitching on the borders,
4. Binding and finally
5. Attaching the labels provided by each of the quilt makers.
By next week I hope to have this Sandy Quilt all finished. If I do I will share photos of the completed project. Once this one is done and on its way to the distributor it’s on to the next one.
Two More Quilts
Did I tell you I signed up to make two more Sandy Quilt Block quilts. The addition of two more quilts means I’m registered to assemble a total of four quilts. I think I’m going to be busy for a little while.
Although it hardly seams like I had time to work on anything but Sandy Quilt Blocks, indeed I did. Aside from shopping for fabric for my stash, taking advantage of Craftsy’s amazing temporary reduction in pricing for their on-line classes, reorganizing my creative rooms, I also purchased materials to make a portable pressing station and made plans for an upcoming giveaway.
Did I Say Giveaway?
You bet I did. Be watching for an announcement in the not-to-distant future. I will be offering a free item to one lucky winner. Shhhhhh . . . I can’t tell you what it is. I can give you a sneak peek of the fabric or fabrics that just might be used. Here you go
So which one do you like?
I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced. Take a stroll on over there to see what everyone else is working on.
About a week ago I set out on a journey to make 20 blocks for the Sandy Quilt Block drive. That journey came to an end today when I attached and trimmed the final strip to my 21st block. Oh, wait a minute! Did I say 21st? Yup, that’s right, 21 blocks. Well wasn’t I suppose to make 20? How in the world did I get 21?
Each time I made a new block I counted my stash. Some how one of those blocks cleverly hid itself, avoiding the ongoing census count. What’s really funny is when it came to constructing, what I thought was my final block, I made note of the beginning and ending time, I carefully documented my progress with photos and I even announced my milestone via telephone to my hubby.
Block # 21
After ending our conversation I ceremoniously added the last block to my stash. Wanting to make sure I had the correct # of blocks I decided to make one final count. So I started counting. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 . . . 18, 19, 20 . . . 21! Oops! Guess I have one too many. No problem! Having 21 quilt blocks rather than the agreed upon 20 meant I could peruse my stack and eliminate the one block I might be less than thrilled with.
Deciding which block to eliminate will be done later. I figure it makes sense to wait until I take delivery on the quilt squares from my team. Until then, here’s photos of some of my blocks.
Block # 16
Block # 15
Block # 6
Block # 3
It’s been very exciting to be a part of such a wonderful project. To date they have teams signed up to make 45 quilts and I know they are still looking for participants. If you have a little voice whispering in your ear telling you to take a leap and join in the fun why not do it today. You will be so glad you did.
Well that pretty much wraps up my progress for this past week. Other than a jam-packed day of sewing and fabric shopping with my daughter not much else was accomplished.
I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced. Slide on over there to catch up on everyone else.
Do you hear voices? Not the random disturbing kind. I mean the little voices that prod you along to finish a project, to buy a certain item, or to eat chocolate, etc., etc. Well I hear them often. Recently a little voice began badgering me. The voice began echoing in my head the minute I opened the Quilting Gallery newsletter. The main topic of the newsletter was the Sandy Quilt Block Drive. Pictured in the top right corner was this photo.
Not being able to resist the little puppy’s plea I continued to read. As I got further into the article I learned of a quilt block drive being organized by the Quilting Gallery. The little voice, we talked about above, started whispering in my ear. The whisper grew in intensity until it was impossible to ignore. I moved my cursor over to the link taking me to Info and registration. I clicked my left mouse button. Up popped a new window providing details of the Sandy Quilt Block Drive. Listed were options to register as a Block Maker as well as a Team Leader. The quilt block they are using is the Wonky Scrappy Log Cabin. A link to the block tutorial can be found here.
In no time I was registered to make 20 blocks. Then heeding the continued urgings of my inside voice I signed up to be a Team Leader as well. I’m so excited about participating. So far I’ve made five blocks with the sixth one well on its way to being finished. Here’s a photo of one of my blocks.
I can’t wait to see them all finished and then take delivery on my team member’s quilt blocks. I will keep you updated. Stay tuned.
Updates on Still Life with Crows
Last week I shared a photo of my quilting progress on my daughter’sStill Life with Crows. I’m happy to let you know I have now finished and delivered it to my daughter. Here’s a picture
My daughter was thrilled with the outcome. I believe if you visit her blog you will see the wall hanging complete with its binding.
Halloween Table Runner
In last Wednesday’s post I included photos of a small wall hanging. The wall hanging belonged to my youngest daughter’s mother-in-law (we’ll call her Mrs. M). Mrs. M delivered another small project for quilting. The item, although too late for its season, was a Halloween table runner. Due to its small size I was able to quickly quilt and return it to Mrs. M. Take a look at the table runner.
A New Project
As if I didn’t have enough irons in the fire, I added yet one more. This one I actually have cut out and sewn together. Currently in my quilting room waiting for my long arm quilt machine is a Garden Party Runner by Mary Cain. I purchased the pattern at a local quilt shop. Unfortunately I’m not able to share a link to a website. Apparently the pattern is not available on the internet.
The pattern is very simple to assemble and follow. There is, however, one error in the instructions. Since there is no website to obtain additional information I found a way to work around it. I used a Flirt charm pack by Moda for the body of the runner. Here’s a sample of the table runner.