Thursday, June 24, 2021

Happenings in My Studio

I have 2 more finished and gifted quilts for my siblings to show you in a couple of upcoming posts but today I'm showing some work-in-process pics of the last one, which will be for my brother.  I've shared these on Instagram so if you follow me, you'll likely have already seen them.

It started with cutting 3 1/2" squares from 30 different fabrics that either were scraps leftover from other projects or fat quarters I had purchased over many years to round out the color palette for this quilt.  I'm using a range of creams, golds, brick reds, olives and browns. 

I stacked the squares to the left of my sewing machine so I could just grab and sew randomly to mix up the colors and the prints (I have the left print in 4 different colors in this).

I love how chain piecing makes quick work of sewing the pairs. 

Before long, I had the trios completed.

Next came sewing trios together.  I sewed randomly-ish, just keeping the same prints from being in the same block.  Luckily having so many prints in this didn't make that too difficult.
The last step in the block making was turning these into 9 patch blocks. The alternating blocks are Bella Linen which works well for lightening up the overall quilt while being a lot more subtle than something like White would have been. 
Yesterday I was able to get the lay out decided and sew pairs of blocks together before we had to head to Jammer's 8th grade moving up ceremony.  It's hard to believe he's heading to high school next year.  The big disappointment was that, although the various elementary schools in our district held in person outdoor moving up ceremonies for the 5th graders and the high school Seniors are having an in person graduation tomorrow outside at the football field, the 8th graders only got a drive by moving up ceremony.  I don't know why they shorted the 8th graders this year on their celebration and it definitely doesn't seem fair.  Even Jammer and his friends felt the same. Yes he desperately needs a hair cut!
Today is the last official day of school.  It's a half day.  Jammer is virtual today but I'll still pick up Sunshine up when they let her out for the year.  They're both looking forward to the time off, some summer camps and some much needed day trips and vacations for all of us.
 I'll still be doing a lot of sewing over the summer.  I have a huge To Do list of projects I need and/or want to get finished or at least in process so I'll be sharing more on those in the weeks to come.

1 of you added your own colorful comments:

Patti said...

I love watching your beautiful grow up! Congratulation to all of them. Time goes so fast doesn't it!