I did have a little time to work on this month's blocks. The HSTs are all put away in their little bag, these two are finished, and the Irish Chain is all cut out; I might as well wait for another day or two now until I get the ones for July to work on this again.
I am surely gonna try the strip piecing of the last six Irish Chains.
I had to take some time off from my commission when it got so hot and humid over the weekend, so this is what I did. Seems like this is a LOT of blocks for only half finished. *S*
This morning I purchased a pattern in Etsy for $6.50 that shows how to make Irish Chain blocks from strip sets!! It's a gift to myself. I wonder if I can possibly adapt it to next month's Star Crazy blocks?
The heat has been so bad here in Chicago that I had to stop working on the commissioned donation quilt and had time to do some work on the June blocks for here. At least I have all of the HSTs done and the cutting ready for the big stars.
Jan came over yesterday and we worked on our June BOM's for Star Crazy. We have now completed half of the blocks needed! Yipee Yi Yah! I've been reading how some of you are getting a little tired of making the Irish Chain block. In looking at the picture, I count that we will need 9 full Chain blocks. With this month, 6 are now completed. (*Not to be a downer, but we haven't even started on the half blocks for the Irish Chain, and it looks like there might be 12 of those).
Personally, I have really enjoyed working on this quilt. The beautiful colors make me smile. And I like the Block of The Month concept where we do a little bit at a time.
I had to get in a sneak picture of Jan as she talked to her sister on the phone. I just love Jan. I think we did more yabbering than quilting yesterday (me being the head yabberer), but it was so fun just to be together.
As a reminder, the Shadow Star block is made with a few exceptions. As you paper piece the middle, you use two colors, and don't use a white. Notice the flying geese also use two colors. And we are still making a lot of half square triangles that will eventually be used in the two borders. Another 48 were added to the pile this month.
I finished the June blocks pretty quickly. I cut everything out before vacation, and even got the Irish Chain block completed. All I needed to do today was put the 2 stars together. I can't wait to start putting the top together, this is going to look so cool when it's done!
Finally I got the May-blocks done - a bit late, but its done! Seems to be difficult to concentrate on sewing when the weather is warm and sunny :o) And also my cute little dog has been operated some weeks ago, so she needed a lot of attention. But now she's fine, and we're all happy!
And look at all those gorgeous little HSTs, in all kinds of colour! It will be quite a job making the border... Im so glad we are not making all HSTs at once, that would be too much...:o)
I must try not to be late with the June blocks, I dont like to fall behind. And in July we are going sailing for our holidays, so not much sewing done that month :o) So I will probably not get the blocks done until August.
Done with the June blocks with time to spare! Now we're halfway there! It's going to get busier now--still all those 6" border blocks to do, more Irish chain blocks, and still more half square triangle units.
Last week, I completed 5 months of work ! Woohoo, I'm caught up! I'm really happy with how well (my opinion!) my blocks are turning out, and am having a great time time trying to be as precise as possible with sewing and cutting. Hope you enjoy my pics!
I spent the last 2 days with grandkids who are old enough that I don't have to watch them every minute, so I set up my sewing machine on the kitchen table and put together my June blocks. I still have to block and press them, but the sewing is done.
I can never get my photos where I want them to appear on this blog - it is blogger I am sure as I normally use wordpress for my blog and have no problems with it.
Here are the June photos. The middle star appears lighter in the photo then it is. If it appears this light when I start to put the whole quilt together I will probably remake the block using darker colors but for now it is staying as is.
My subscription to The Quilt Show is coming to an end and I don't really have the money to renew it. I haven't gone there for anything but the instructions for the BOM in months so I really can't justify it. I will finish the blocks that I have started and come back to show you what I have made from them. I am sorry to have to drop out it isn't like me not to finish what I have started. Thanks.