Blocks 75, 76, and 77
I’m over three quarters of the way through! Yeah! Think I should have a little celebration!
So I went to our local establishment this evening and raised a few with friends. (They might not have known what I was celebrating since we do this every Wednesday evening. Yes. When you are retired you can have a party any night you choose!)
I liked these three blocks. Especially 75 and 76. Pretty. Pretty. Pretty.
I’ve always liked “redwork embroidery” so that’s what I went with on block 75 by Kathy Schmitz, just added the blue heart to perk it up a little. The tutorial says that all the solid lines are stem stitch except the nut on the scissors and the veins on the leaf. I couldn’t figure out how to use stem stitch for the numbers on the measuring tape so I used back stitch. I also used blanket stitch, chain stitch, running stitch, and french knots. I think it turned out very nice and am thrilled that my embroidery has improved so much. Whenever I see an embroidery block pop up on the Sampler I immediately start working on it since hand work takes me a very long time.
I love block 76, Little Things by Jacquelynne Steves.
I don’t think I’ve ever made hourglasses before. A few are wonky but still look nice. Guess maybe I just have given up on perfection and appreciate wonkiness! I love how all the colors and prints work together. I top-stitched around the edge just to keep the seams down since there are so many and my stitching is REALLY bad. But it’s within the 1/4″ seam allowance so it won’t show when I join the blocks together.
The last block for this week, number 77, Prism by Sara Lawson was fun and easy. In the top photo with all three blocks together I turned it because I didn’t like the flowers against the red and white of the Little Things block. This is how it is supposed to look:
When I put the final quilt together I’ll put this with a block that isn’t quite as “busy”.
That’s it for this week. Here’s blocks 50 through 77:
After I looked at the above photo, I noticed all the plus signs. Five out of the 27. And another one that kind of looks like a plus sign. I see plus signs all over the place in magazines and on blogs now. Must be a trendy thing.
Okay. Almost caught up. Next week blocks 78 – 80! (Only 20 more to go! Probably will do more celebrating between now and then! Hey, I’m retired!)