Greetings dear readers! My sewing machine is back from the shop and I’ve been using it! I’m sewing the 81 “Stormy Weather” blocks together in 9 groups of 9 and will then sew those 9 together as one would a nine patch to complete the center.
I’ve also been working on hand appliqueing the vine for the first border. This thing is 6 feet long and the most complicated vine I’ve done! I have one more long vine to add to the left side of this before I start adding leaves:
I started cutting 2.5 inch squares from which to make leaves – 224 per side:
When the vine is finished, I’ll mark the leaves on the background fabric, choose leaf fabrics and then start prepping them for hand appliqué – whew! LONG way to go for all 4 borders!
Meanwhile, I started my next donation quilt – showed you a picture from Sujata Shah’s book last post. As the Stormy Weather blocks come off the design wall, these new blocks are going up:
I’m using all fabrics from my stash in shades of blue and blue/green and turquoise.
Each 16 inch block requires 2 lighter and 2 darker fabrics, 20 x 5.5 inches:
Layer them, alternating light and dark, make a gently curving cut (no ruler needed!) down the center, shift one strip so there are light/dark pairs, sew together (no pins needed!) and trim to 4.5 inches wide:
Then cut into 4.5 inch square pieces:
And play with them!🙂
Each group of 4 – 2 light + 2 dark – fabrics yields 4 of the above and they are sewn together to create the larger block:
Easy and fun! I need 20 blocks for a twin size quilt. The biggest challenge was finding 40 blue fabrics each big enough for two 20×5.5 inch strips since I tend to buy fat quarters and many of those have pieces cut out. But I did it 🙂!
I spent time organizing my cabinet of oriental fabrics. The lighter and darker fabrics are now separated and they are all in stacks instead of jumbled every which way, but I still eventually want to organize the darker ones by color:
Walks to the pond have been fun recently. It was teeming with tadpoles:
Which are now starting to become frogs 🐸:
Recent sightings include turtles, a huge blue heron, and a vulture! I took a different walk to the winding Lamprey River with a friend and enjoyed some new to me woodland delights:
See the “about to open “ ferns in the center of this marshy area:
A river view on a cloudy day:
Some of the pines in the forest had recently been cut down – check out the rings and a stump with a mysterious design!
Another walk led me to the bog which is about 3/4 mile from home. I was struck by the intense green moss on this trunk and the pattern of the shadows:
Doesn’t this view into the bog remind you a bit of an impressionist painting?
I decided that after all that woodland green, I had to finish the post with some brighter color so here’s our rhododendron in full bloom!
As I approach the 9th anniversary of this blog, I sent a special thanks to my readers for sticking with me! I’m having my web site and blog revised and upgraded in the near future. I’m looking forward to some improvements. Feel free to let me know if you have any suggestions on how my blog and/or web site could be better.
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi