50 pinwheels



I finished the pinwheels I need for the second memory quilt.  I only need 48, but I was on a roll, and 50 will give me some design flexibility.  I did try to keep them modern by using some of the lightest shirt fabric as background fabric.  No, I'm not going to photograph all of them.  I had to stop stitchin' and clean house because our card group is meeting here tomorrow.  I almost never leave things to the last minute, so I'll only need to do some finishing touches tomorrow.  Oh, the joys of living in a small house!


While making the pinwheels, I noticed that a few of my blocks were contrary.  Instead of re-doing them, I've developed an idea for how to use them.  Stay tuned for how that works out, later in the week.


As usual Sweet Ben came outside to supervise me.  He didn't even get up to inspect the pinwheels; just laid there catching rays.  Such a good boy.
May your bobbins always be full,

11 done, 37 to go


 Back to the salt mines.
May your bobbins always be full,

Ready to make pinwheels


I seems it's taken all week to make these HST for the next Memory Quilt.  I made 200+ HSTs using the four-at-a-time method.


Got them all pressed and trued to 4.5 inches.



We've had some beautiful skies this week, so I thought I'd throw in an extra photo. When I haven't been working on HSTs, I've been busy being Bob's chauffeur. He thinks he can drive, and I don't, so I'm driving. Better safe than sorry. He had an appointment everyday this week; some took a couple of hours of my time and one took all day in San Diego.  I also did my regular volunteer gig of teaching Tai Chi, plus I've taken my 2nd Yoga class, and think I'll stick with it.
May your bobbins always be full,

SDMQG Vintage Quilt Revival QAL ~ August Block


This is the August Block, Classic Dakota Star Block.  I'm happy with how it turned out.  If I do another one, I'll increase the contrast, but overall I think it works.  Paper piecing was OK; I didn't like the wasted fabric and I needed to be a little creative with the directions.  


Now, I'll wait for the next block to be announced.  Tomorrow, I'll start on the second memory quilt from the men's dress shirts.  This one will be for the Mommy who lost her husband.
May your bobbins always be full,

SDMQG Vintage Quilt Revival QAL ~ July Block


For this QAL, I started with a FQ bundle of Modern Solids 2 by In The Beginning Fabrics and added a bundle of Textura by Susy Pilgrim Waters for P&B Textiles.  They work so well together and provide a little umph, I think.  I decided on a black background and I think it really makes the colors pop.


The July block is called Double Z, and it was really easy.  The HSTs are 3.5", so the finished block is 12.5".  I went ahead and made twice as many of HSTs necessary, thinking I might make two Double Zs; instead, I browsed the book and decided to make a Classic Mosaic block.  I'm sure I'll find a use for it.



Here's the two blocks together.  Now I'm going to see if I can get the August block, which involves paper piecing, finished today or tomorrow.  Below is the book we're using for this QAL, incase you're interested.


May your bobbins always be full,

Two Bags Finished


Yes ma'am, yes ma'am, two bags finished.  The left one is for me and the right one is for Sharon.  I moved right along to my next non-quilty project, the SDMQG Vintage Quilt Revival QAL.  I have two blocks to make for July and August. I made some HSTs for Julys' block, a Double Z, and trued them up.


I've got them all laid out, and will get them stitched up tomorrow.  The August block involves paper piecing, which will be a challenge for me, since I've never done any.
May your bobbins always be full,

Taking a Break


I'm taking a little break from making quilts, my primary "day-job" task.  As soon as I finished my Mail Sack bag,  Bob said, "Sharon is going to want one of those."  I replied, "No, she won't, I just made her and Jennifer satchels!".  Well, Bob as correct, as soon as Sharon saw my new bag, she asked for her own.


 I ordered some Enchino and MoMo dot fabric and when I finished the first memory quilt, I started cutting.  The aqua with the white dots will be the lining and the Henna Gardens and the tiny dots will be the pockets.

Now, to man the sewing machine.
May your bobbins always be full,
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