Blocks 91, 92 and Bonus Block Derby Day
Both blocks released this week had embroidery so there was a lot of hand-stitching going on. Not my favorite sewing technique.
First was Block 91, Gran’s Button Jar from Lynette Anderson.
After doing the appliques for the sewing machine and button jar, I used several embroidery stitches–back stitch, French knots, running stitch and the satin stitch–and didn’t have to look any of them up on the web! I actually knew them! Progress! I thought I was doing pretty good until I cut the center down to 4 1/2″ and realized that my outside stitching was a bit off. Whoops!
Next up was Double Bees designed by Beth Bradley. Some patchwork, applique and embroidery. I was tempted to use my sewing machine for those little swirls but since I had the floss and needle out for block 91 anyhow, I just hand-stitched those lines.
Derby Day, another bonus block by Pat Sloan, was released on May 9, 2016.
More applique. Knocked that one out in no time! And I don’t really like it. I thought at first I didn’t care for the colors and prints I picked but after I stared at the block for awhile, I just don’t like the hat at all. Oh well, it’s one block of 120! I can ignore it when I pull that final quilt together!
Speaking of 120 blocks. There’s only 8 blocks left–but I still need to finish 10 bonus blocks! So I’ll need to do 2 or 3 bonus blocks over the next 4 weeks in order to get them all finished at the same time. Which could be a challenge because one of the bonus blocks is embroidery and another is paper-piecing. Both methods take me so long!
I’ve also been thinking about what the final quilt should look like. The Splendid Sampler sent out a setting this week.
They called it a “shadow box” and each piece is framed with a dark and light fabric. The blocks are then 8″ finished.
I might use a variation of this with a navy blue as the dark and white as the light. Still undecided. Fortunately I have at least 4 weeks to ponder it!
And here’s what week 34 looks like:
For my friends that have been following my “political” career, I took the oath for seat one on the Homosassa Special Water District.
I’ll be back with 4 or 5 more blocks next week!