Sunday, October 19, 2014


I think this is my final layout of the African courthouse steps blocks.  The border audition: these are the sewn strip sets I had for a previous African quilt I was going to make.  There are 3 sets there, orange, blue and gold.  Each one is the full 45" long so I can cut lots of sections out of them for a piano key type border.  I could make a green set too so I may audition that later today.  With just the blocks it would be 73" long and 49" wide so I thought about just putting borders on the sides for a better proportion.  I will know more after I get the ends and bottom sashing strips on.
The 4 blooms are on the ends of 2 leaves.  This is the first time I have had 2 blooms on more than one leaf at a time.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Drundard's Path changes.........

The one on the left is the same as in yesterday's post.  I worked on it yesterday morning and the one on the right is the progress.  I'm not sure if it is done or not.  I'll look at it for a couple days while I work on my other 2 in progress quilts.
I sewed the top strip with cornerstone to the 24 blocks.  Now I'm ready to go to the design wall with them.  Then I can add end of row strips and bottom of the quilt strips and sew the top together.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Drunkard's Path progress...............

I put all of the sewn blocks on the design wall.  Then I added some that are just 2 pieces loose on the wall, not sewn.  I added the 3 blocks that aren't pieced and also added one of the Australian fabrics.  I'm not sure what I will do next, but this isn't doing anything for me.  I am linking up with the Drunkard's Path quiltalong.  The logo/link is on my right sidebar.  Check it out to see what everyone else is doing.

The tree across the street has more color every day.  It is also losing its leaves quite fast.

I just had to show this beauty one more time.  I may have to share another photo if it has 5 or 6 full blooms at once.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Stratas sewn.........

I took all four sewn stratas after I had pressed them and laid them out to simulate the effect I will get on this quilt.
The next step was to sew the last seam that makes the strata into a tube.  I trim the selvages off to have a straight edge at the left.

Next I cut as many slices as I can get out of the strata.  I usually have to do another straightening cut when I am about half way across the strata.  The next step will be to unpick one seam in each of the tube slices.  I do this at the design wall where I can easily determine which seam to unpick.  
The pink cactus bloom is almost all open.  It seems to be a darker pink than last year.

This colorful tree is in my backyard neighbor's front yard.  I used the zoom feature to shoot between the branches of my Redbud tree.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Serious sewing.......

I needed a serious sewing project now that all of the good shows are back on TV.  I first chose fabrics for this Trip Around the World on this post back in 2012.  I changed a few of the fabrics a couple months ago.  I needed 4 stratas for the couch quilt size and I have 1 3/4 of them sewn.  Tonight there are 2 shows to watch so I should finish sewing all 4 by the time the news and weather is over.
The tree across the street is looking prettier every day.

This is the view to my right as I stand on my front porch.  The neighbor's burning bush is a pretty deep pink and mine is a deep red.  There are still asters blooming.

The pink buds are starting to open on this cactus. 

There are only 5 days left to take advantage of the special sale on Lapel Sticks.  Go to this post and scroll to the bottom for the details.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cutting 2 inch squares....................

It was a tiring day yesterday so all I wanted to do last night was busy work.  I sewed blocks in the morning for our church sewing circle project, in the afternoon drove 23 miles to church and worked with the ladies for a couple hours and then drove home through a heavy rain storm.  I dropped off 6 bags of clothes at Goodwill on the way home.  Luckily they have a roof over the drop off area so they didn't get wet unloading my van. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Drunkard's Path progress...........

This African fabric required fussy cutting.  The remaining fabric can only be considered scraps.

First I sewed some of the 7" blocks.  I won't sew anything together into big blocks at this point.  That will come after playing at the design wall.

I sewed 4 of the 3.5" blocks too.  It has been about 3 years since I made Drunkard's Path blocks so I needed some practice with the curves.  

I will be linking up with Vicki's "Cross the Drunkard's Path quiltalong" button on my right sidebar so you can see what everyone else is making.