Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend and had a chance to celebrate our amazing country. We took in some local events; including a dinner at the pub, an awesome Saturday market and a pancake breakfast at the fire hall.
The weather that we’re having is great for sewing. It’s grey, cool, sometimes drizzly and generally not what we’re used to for July. My typical plan is to do chores/workout in the morning and then hit the sewing machine in the afternoon. Having this kind of schedule helps me to see progress. I love having that ‘carrot on the stick’; it makes getting the chores done so much easier.
I’ve got a few things on the go right now. The big push is on to get my Postage Stamp quilt finished this summer. It’s been a fun project to pick up and work on in bits. Now it’s at the stage where I can visualize the end and I’m keen to get it done. In this post – A Grand Day, – I have a picture of one block from this quilt. Each block has 256 pieces and there are 16 blocks, so the completed quilt will have 4,700+ pieces.
Usually, one makes all of the blocks of a quilt before starting to put them together. I’ve gotten a bit impatient with this one and jumped the gun. Sashing is the fabric that separates the blocks. My choice for sashing is more 1″ square pieces, but all using different text fabrics. Here’s a picture of four blocks with their sashing.
(We’re replacing a window and I love the scaffolding for hanging quilts!) I’ve sashed 12 blocks and have four more blocks to make/sash vertically. Then the same sashing, horizontal, will go on and I’ll be ready to get it all assembled. Moving ahead like this has revived my interest in the Postage Stamp quilt.
I’m also getting things ready for the Denman Island Studio Tour, which will be on August 6 and 7. This year the Denman Quilters will have a demo area and I volunteered to take that on. I’ve chosen a small trivet in a Log Cabin with Labyrinth pattern that I saw on She Can Quilt. I’ll have a completed trivet as well as the trivet in various stages of construction so that people will be able to see the various steps involved.
And, nearly finished, is a quilt that I started nearly a year ago, after listening to a Webinar on using a wedge-shaped ruler. I’m just hand stitching the binding on, then it’s into the washer and dryer to be cleaned up and made to look ‘quilty’. This one has me quite excited and I’ll show you a picture next time. Until then, think Christmas candy!
All for now, time to go after that carrot on a stick.
Thanks for reading.