Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Bird as a Seam Ripper?

A friend of mine has a sweet little bird. I'm not sure if she made this quilt for him - it sure does match, doesn't it? :)

Now look at this picture of the same bird. He was actually helping her with her seam ripping! Now that's great assistance! I have a few seams he could rip out for me, for sure...

I did my four blocks of Celtic Solstice today. Are you getting sick of hearing about it?

I prefer not to sew blocks together in rows. I know, I'm weird like that. I like to sew them in chunks. That's why I make a 4- patch every time I finish four blocks. And every time I have four 4-patches, I sew them together into a 16-patch.

Today I had enough chunks to put together. Here it is lying across a bed. This chunk is now the final length of the quilt, but only 4 blocks across. In a couple of days I'll have completed enough blocks to make another chunk this size. Then I think one more skinny chunk will finish it off.  Except borders. Need to do borders...

This afternoon I'm having a photo shoot for the magazine - just waiting for the sun to be in the right spot. And I'm sewing hexies together while I wait...while sipping an Arnold Palmer (mixture of iced tea and lemonade).

I'm in a baking mood. After the photo shoot, I think I'll bake a cake. This cake. I'll let you know how it turns out.


  1. A bird as a seam ripper! That's fabulous!

    I also sew my quilts together in chunks. But I don't make four patches. Instead I get all the blocks made and sew them together in quadrants. This way I only have to sew the width of the quilt once. For me, the longer the seam, the more likely it is that I will get off. Thus I prefer to break things up into as short of seams as possible. It takes a little planning but I'd rather plan than rip.

  2. I can use all the help I can get with ripping. LOL I always think about doing chunks, because I do not like the long rows, but then I do the long rows. I really will try to chunk it next time. ;)

  3. Celtic Solstice is so beautiful! Love the colors you are using. Yes - I think I will try chunky! I like seeing the design in groups like that and also making it ahead some - but is only good if you already know how spacing will work out. I am always worried about having too many of same color together until I get them all made (ie - scrappy quilts, etc.). Would help having a design wall I guess!

  4. Not tired of hearing about it, it's gorgeous and love the way you are tackling it. That's a lot of piecing!

  5. Wish my cats were that helpful!!
    Love your Celtic Solstice! Its looking wonderful and yes I prefer in chunks like you : )


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