|F-8, K-3, G-8|
I cannot believe I managed to get a few more done today. Since they were slightly more difficult than yesterdays, I'm very happy with 3. Just another complete block tomorrow and I'll be on a countdown of my final 30!!
Hope to see you back here tomorrow with more good news.
After a busy day in the sewing room, I have another 6 blocks completed. For some reason I thought Labor Day was tomorrow (Wishful Thinking?). I have another week to stay busy in my sewing room before the long weekend. Have a wonderful week! If I happen to get some more blocks done, I'll keep posting as they're completed.
Tally: 135 blocks since January 2010, pieces: 2840 and counting
|D-7 & K-12|
It's official. I hit 129 blocks tonight and have just 40 more main blocks to go...oh, and I'm turning 40 in a month or so, too. The countdown to finish & 40 is on!
Finally---back on track and working on Dear Jane blocks again. It's amazing how many you can complete when you are able to sit at your machine in uninterrupted total silence. Well, as silent as a laundry room can get with Boston's Greatest Hits blaring in the background and the washing machine going.
I'm so glad I saved some easy-peasy blocks in case I found myself behind schedule. The piecing of L-12 is done, it's just waiting on the 4 tiny appliques for the corners. Not too shabby for an afternoon of sewing.
You know I love fun mail...who doesn't?
This week I was REALLY surprised by a large goodie box filled with
This week I was REALLY surprised by a large goodie box filled with
|NEW pincushion with a tiny Ball jar for the base...sew cute.|
|Clip art courtesy of Dawn's Quilting Clip Art|
Do you adore the minis, love the midget blocks, follow Gay's adventures at Sentimental Stitches??
I checked in a couple weeks ago and thought I found some NEW BLOCKS. I've been a bit distracted lately, so I didn't get it posted right away...but I had good intentions, so bear with me. Last night, I stopped by to see how many I'd need to print to keep my little pile of goodies up to date and found a retirement announcement. Not to worry, Gay's not going anywhere. But, the first 55 blocks will be unavailable after this month!
Hop to it if you've not printed the first 55 or if you've skipped a couple, I wouldn't want you missing out down the road.
As you can imagine, the final week of summer break has left me with very little time. I completed another RSVP block and cut most of an applique block out. However, the applique background fabric doesn't work for me and I haven't found the time to get over to the quilt shop yet. I probably won't get to it this week, but will have to make time soon so I can back to my Baby Jane.
Speaking of Jane, 30s goodies arrived this week! I heart fun mail!! Thank you so much!
Why is it when you're pressed for time, you have machine issues? It's been a while since I've had it in for maintenance and I have been overdoing it a bit lately...if I can just hold off until I get the main blocks done, I'll be happy. Thank goodness the old White is here on standby.
We've been getting reacquainted today.
PS I just saw a post about a lovely (I'm guessing 30s) quilt on Cumberland Island Quilt Chick with printed linen in it. I just received some this past weekend from my great grandmother's stash via mom. Thought you might like to take a little peek at vintage printed linen. GORGEOUS!----and, they're in pink and green, so you know I'm thrilled.
|EQ's Merry Kite Pattern|
My first RSVP fall-themed block is complete. After working exclusively with 4.5 inch blocks for over 6 months, 12.5 looks gigantic.
Since my stash revolves around brights and pastels (mostly 30s, as you already know)...I had to go shopping for autumn bits. I made the mistake of purchasing such small pieces that I'll have to go back.
I know, right? Poor me, having to return to my favorite quilt shop.
When working with DJ blocks, you can make a block completely from scraps so a fat quarter seems like a lot of fabric. In making gigantic (standard size) blocks, not so much. Luckily, I save just about everything and found the maroon batik folded nicely in the back of my organizer pocket after wishing I had just a tiny bit more from a block I sent 2 years ago.
Thank you fabric fairy!
A little bird told me that Pip is sending RSVP a couple of blocks...if you'd like to check out her progress, please click PIP for the Rest is Not Idleness blog. While you're there, be sure to check out all the other gorgeous goodies she's been busy with. Pip's making cheese, sweets, working on her Dear Jane....she's one busy lady and a great person to know!
If you'd like to get in on the fun, be sure to send me an email at heatherl02 at yahoo dot com so we can watch your progress, too.
P.S. In case you missed it, I guest blogged for Stash Manicure again. Pictures of my vintage grandmothers flower garden blocks are available HERE.
|Top: B-9, K-11, J-9|
Bottom: K-1, A-2, C-13
I took a little time for myself this past week and read Sew Retro. What a little gem! At first, I was so busy thumbing through to find the latest mod projects, I really looked past a lot of wonderful information. It's well worth your time to read this one. Judi Ketteler provides an interesting historical perspective on sewing from a feminist point of view and I have to say, it's eye opening.
Let's just say, it isn't so. Oh, School House, what other facts have been left out of some of my favorite tunes from childhood?
When you have a bit of time to pour over the lovely pages of Sew Retro, you'll find interviews with some of the top designers today (including Judi Rothermel!!), some new projects to add to your must have list and I'm willing to bet a surprise or two.
Speaking of surprises, I had so much fun making headbands designed by Judi Ketteler, I've decided to give a few away. Be one of the first three to respond, stating you'll host a giveaway for Pay it Forward on your blog and your favorite fabric from my recent windfall from Sew LA and I'll get in touch.
Week 28 or so, I have a grand total of 116 blocks! Just 52 more of the center beauties to go....not including the triangles, of course. I'm still on the fence about them and probably won't know for certain until the center blocks are done and I've had a nice month or so to refocus.
|The latest version mailed out this week.|
Inspired by my recent good luck, I've decided to start a tutorial page for the blog. Please bear with me over the next couple of weeks as it is a work in progress.
You can take a closer look at the fabric fabulousness from SEW LA below. All my pictures should enlarge if you click on them...at least, that's the plan. Please let me know if you ever have difficulty viewing anything.
Happy Retro Sewing!!