Happy Wednesday! Hope you all had a nice Memorial Day, with nice weather. It rained all day here, so no cookout for two as I had planned. While it was rainy and dark, I played with my quilts, moving out the pink and green of Spring in favor or red and blue for a patriotic summer. Mostly the same quilts, but some in new locations. I've shared a photo at the end of the post.
I kept the patriotic mood going with Lisa's block
I made an 8" block with all fabrics from Nancy's Needle,
except the indigo which is from Sarah's Story.
Contribution is a fun block to make...took longer to decide which fabrics to use!
for the link to Lisa's blog and the pattern.
You won't want to miss her tips and that tiny 4" version.
When I made the geese units (sew and flip method as in the pattern), I saved the excess trimmed away triangles. I sewed them together, trimmed them to 1 1/2" and then made 2 - 2" finished half square triangle units to make a 4" version of Sherri's Block 16. Why not? It's so cute?
Do you save your leftover parts? They come in handy!
I think as the numbers of block grow, I will change my mind a hundred times as to placement...and I will be glad I saved extra parts. Just sayin'
I think you know Spring Market was cancelled, right? And I think I mentioned a time or two secret sewing? And a fun surprise?
Here's what's been going on at Betsy's house...
Elinore's Endeavor 1830-1910
Countryside - Spring
Countryside - Fall
The line spans a long time period....More on that next time....
and the fun thing...a sew along with my dear, dear friend, Deirdre Bond-Abel of Tasmania, Australia.
We named the sew along Dear Friend and have the shown the first two sets of blocks with instructions on Instagram @betsy_chutchian and @deirdreabel3
I'm making 5" blocks and Deirdre is making 10" blocks.
The quilt we are making tells the story of the time...missing precious time together when Quilt Market was cancelled, the stay at home orders, and the virus. We each selected blocks that relate now and have meaning. You know I like my quilts to tell a story!
Oh funny, just noticed my toes! Good grief.
A third set of blocks and instructions will be posted soon. If you would like to join us, we would love to have you. Friends are connecting and chatting from all over the world. When we can't gather in person, we gather on Instagram. This is the wonderful thing about quilting, we like to share and gather together!
and now here is some of my decorating, how I spent Memorial Day 2020
I need some new ivy. LOL
Everyone stay well , stay safe at home and SEW!
Until next time,
Corey Yoder - https://corianderquilts.com/
Sherri McConnell - https://www.aquiltinglife.com/
Betsy Chutchian - http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
Jan Patek - http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
Brigitte Heitland - https://www.brigitteheitland.de/blog
Lisa Bongean - https://lisabongean.com/
Lissa Alexander - http://modalissa.com/
Laurie Simpson - http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/
Vanessa Goertzen - https://lellaboutique.blogspot.com/
Stacy Iest Hsu - https://www.stacyiesthsu.com/blog/
Robin Pickens - https://www.robinpickens.com/
Janet Clare - http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/
Joanna Figueroa - https://blog.figtreeandcompany.com/