Yesterday I turned down an invitation to sail on a beautiful windy and sunny day. It has been rainning most of the week here in Upstate NY. However, despite the great sailing weather, I was in need of some "me" time. Summer can be so busy will dd's activities and the need to enjoy the outdoors. So I sent DD off with my brother and stayed home, a hostage to my sewing machine.
As you can see, I have been working on that 2,112 piece puzzle, the Corn and Bean block. I have but the side sections and four (4) corners triangles to sew and the blocks will be ready to piece into a top. Well, that is after I make a couple more burgundy and green sections of the block. I don't know how that happened, but I'm missing a couple of pieces. I cleaned my sewing piles and found nothing. That is quite annoying!
Of course, there's ironing to be done before I sew all the other section, but at least you can see that I have made some progress on this UFO beast.
This is another quilt that I worked on. The pattern is called Pine Grove and is from one of Lynette Jensen's earlier books The Thimbleberries Book of Quilts, a favourite of mine. I've always liked that quilt and decided to make the pattern using fabric strictly from my scrap bin and stash. I have a small framing border to put on the block and I can start working on the sashing.
On this quilt, I took the opportunity to test Essential Threads by Connecting Threads. The price is certainly right at $1.99 a spool! I do like the fact that it is 100% cotton, however it is not my favourite. I do not find it to be a smoothly finished thread.
Here you have all of the blocks finished for my In the Pink Quilt. Yes, I have pieced them together and they are ready to be sewn into a top.
I do like the way the blocks turned out. Word of warning, if you do attempt to make this quilt from the pattern issued by Buggy Barn, read ahead and calculate the number of pieces that is required before cutting, it is not clear! I did make a few mistakes and thank goodness I was able to make it work!
For this quilt, I decided to test the Alex Anderson Master Piece thread. I'm in love!
On a previous blog entry I had mentioned that it worked beautifully for machine quilting. It does equally as good for piecing. I like the way the thread buries itself beautifully in the fabric. It has a smooth finish and just looks so good on the cone. lol
Thanks again for stopping by! Have a great week everyone!