Friday, October 30, 2020
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Sunday, October 18, 2020
I've been AWOL. I was determined to finish my curved hexie quilt top by Friday. And I did.
I spent Saturday basting the layers. All day. Lots of pins. For the first time, I used the pool noodles technique - what a help!!!!!
This morning I began the machine quilting. I bought these HQ Paddles at Houston last Fall. Today was the first time I used them. I LOVE them. They have knobs on top to hold and really helped me maneuver the quilt sandwich without quilting gloves.
I think I quilting for 9 hours today. Some of the quilting is in the ditch. Some is straight lines. But a lot is free motion. Whew....
But I'm more than half way done. I'm going to be happy with it.
Now my goal is to finish the quilting by the end of Friday. I want to trim it and have the binding stitched down and ready for hand stitching during football watching on Saturday. BOOM! I love a goal. Or two, or three.
The cheddar bowties and the Appalachian Autumn quilts will wait.
Monday, October 12, 2020
Guess what!!!??? This is the final part!!! We have arrived at the end of our journey!
Until about 10 days ago, I had no idea how this would end. But I played around on my design wall and suddenly knew it needed to be shaped like a hexagon in the end. Appropriate, right?
I know I promised only 6 or 7 hexies per week. But I wanted to give you the rest of the instructions all at once. So, take your time. Finish at your own pace.
We're making four units that each have six hexies.
Two of the six will be hexies using only one fabric.
Two will be cut with S2.
Two will be cut with P4.
Remember the scallop effect we did earlier? That's what we're doing. These are the units starting at the top left and going clockwise.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Here's where each morning begins. The day before I have laid out the pieces for an Appalachian Autumn leaf and four little bowtie blocks. Yes, I added a leaf into the mix for my morning piecing - I can put together one leaf and four bowtie in about 30 minutes if the pieces are already laid out. Can you tell I was an Engineer - haha! Yes, I try my best to be efficient.
Sew, sew, sew. There we go! Starting the day off accomplishing something. And as soon as I finish this, I lay out the pieces for the next day.
I now have 8 leaf blocks complete and 3/4 of another LARGE bowtie block unit. Progress! Only 8 more leaf blocks to go (and lots of half square triangles for the border).
Monday, October 5, 2020
Saturday, October 3, 2020