Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sowing Along...

This Sow-Along is so enjoyable that I can't resist sewing a few blocks nearly every day.

I'm also trying to do things like hem pants and finish a couple of projects, but...

I took the corner squares off the churn dash and substituted white for the print that was there before.  I like it much better, don't you?

I completed the block called Darting Birds.  It's turned a different way in the book we're not talking about.  I think it's very cute, with its little one inch hsts!

Then in keeping with the birds theme, I finished the block called Flock.  I think I have this picture upside down, but it's also cute.  1.5 inch hsts and 3.5 inch hsts this time.

I am trying to mix up the greens with each block, but I find myself trying to use up the chunk of fabric.  Also I make a sheet of hsts of one size, so the same fabrics tend to appear when the size is the same.

This is Old Windmill.  Four different shades of 1.5 inch hsts were called for, but I used the same white background for all of them.

This one is called Peace and Plenty.  I loved these two fabrics together.

On a roll with hsts, this one is called Prairie Queen.  The four patches are two inches finished, and the hsts are two inches finished...  This one maybe should have had more contrast between the two light fabrics.  It does look nicer in person.

This is the Railroad block.  This one is two inch four-patches and two inch hsts (finished measurements) similar to the Prairie Queen.

Here is Spool.  This one is based on 2 inch finished hsts and squares.  I think I like the one made with more squares per block, because you can make the spool portion wider.  This looks like an empty spool -- not something you want to encounter in the middle of a project!!

I'm up to 30 squares.  I actually have more made, but some are duplicates, and due to my inexpert measuring and my inability to make the templates work for me, I have four that turned out to be 8 inches finished instead of six.

I'm not too worried, I will either find a use of them, or A will cut them up for her next project!!

Happy Sowing, everyone!


  1. Pretty, pretty blocks. I like the greens you're using. I started the sow-a-long from day #1 with Randy, but I've gotten side tracked with too many things. Not sure if I'll ever get caught up. I may have to just give up on it, for now.

  2. My advice is One Block At A Time... just one when you can makes a big stack by the end of the year.

    I made a big batch of hsts in basic sizes. 1 inch finished, 1.5 in F, 2 in f, etc. Then cut some squares the same sizes. If you have a color scheme it helps.

  3. We had snow again in Edmonton today...will it never end! So I am really liking those oh-so-fresh greens. What a great combination in that Peace & Plenty block. I too have been sewing along at my own pace, bunny-like some days and tortoise-like others. What a great idea to make up some hst's in the familiar and often called for sizes. I learn so much by reading great blog entries like yours. Quilt On!

    1. You can always use them in another project. When I'm in production I want to just GO! Thanks for the comment.


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