I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky Party hosted by my friend, Roseanne, at Home Sewn By Us.
To-Do for the week of July 14th-20th:
- Work on a Drunkard’s Path quilt. √ Done
- Decide how I’m going to finish my four Sashiko coasters. √ Done
- Review Lesson 2: How to Section and Number Your Paper Pieced Block of During Quiet Time’s Improv Paper Piecing Class. √ Done
I started a new project weekend before last. It’s a Drunkard’s Path quilt for my nephew, Victor, and his wife, Cindy (let’s be honest, it’s primarily for Cindy!). When I visited Michigan last September, I tried to surreptitiously check out Cindy’s decor, and I decided that a Joel Dewberry Aviary 2 half-yard bundle I’ve had in my stash for a few years along with some coordinating solids would complement her decor. I also decided to put my mostly-neglected Accuquilt machine to use and ordered the 7” Drunkard’s Path die. I watched a You-Tube video of Eleanor Burns demonstrating sewing the curved pieces together, and she does a fantastic job! However, there is NO way that I can sew curve pieces together so perfectly that no trimming is required. I experimented a little bit and found that I needed to trim my sewn units down to 5.5” square to have a consistent unit. I’ve started to play with the layout in the photo below.
I felt encouraged by Diann@Little Penguin Quilts who commented last week that she didn’t think binding little things is all that hard, and then when I emailed Diann to thank her for her comment, I mentioned that my main concern with binding minis is the join, and she emailed me back with a link to Jayne of Twiggy & Opal’s Mini Mini Binding Tutorial. I hadn’t seen this post before, and I really liked her tips about pre-marking the sewing line and also only pinning the 4th mitered corner before joining the ends, so it can be unpinned for more maneuverability and re-pinned and sewn at the same time the two binding ends are being sewn together. Genius! I used this method for all four Sashiko coasters, and it worked wonderfully. And then I got the hand-stitching of the binding done on the one below.
I’m loving this Improv Paper Piecing online class by Amy of During Quiet Time. It combines three of my favorite things: paper piecing, improv, and creating interesting secondary designs. Amy shares a little more about this online class in this Post. I hope to play with one of templates she has provided soon.
To-Do for the week of July 21st-July 27th:
- Finish binding the other three Sashiko coasters while watching MLB baseball. The season opens (finally!) on July 23rd.
- Make more units for the Drunkard’s Path quilt.
- I’ve been thinking about making a mini kitty quilt to go on top of my Blithe quilt, and the other day, I ran across an adorable pillow using Elizabeth Hartman’s Cat Quilt on the Janome website. At 20” square, it is the perfect size for a mini kitty quilt. I’m using some of the same fabrics in my Blithe quilt in combination with coordinating Kona solids. Below is the first cat I’ve made. I hope to get a few more cats made in the coming week.
Linking up with Home Sewn By Us: To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky #50.