A week or so ago, my friend Camille wrote a post titled "Just Because." I thought it was the perfect title...because...well, sometimes you need to sew for no other reason than "because." Thursday was one of those days for me. I just needed to sew. To be surrounded by beautiful fabrics, to sort things out, and to be inspired by the quiet.
While cleaning and organizing the sewing area over the past few months I've found that my scrap bins are now overflowing (yes, I know I finished up the bulk of the organizing in January, but I'm still going through boxes). My string collection needed some serious attention, so I sewed up 2 3/4 more string blocks. The one on the top left still needs a couple more pieces. This was a good start to the day!
Then Lori posted this adorable barn block, and of course I had to make it. Although I've never seen a barn quilt in real life, I hope to someday! A barn quilt has been on my "Quilts to Make" bucket list for a long time. All of my maternal ancestors were farmers in Iowa. In fact, my grandmother and her sisters still own 80 acres of Iowa farmland that's been in our family for over 100 years. They received the Century Farm designation for their property about 10 years ago.
I also worked on the scrappy trip around the world. I am having so much fun with this quilt!
I just love the process of picking strips of fabric to go together, sewing them, and then seeing how they play off one another in the block. Here are blocks 21 - 24...
And these are blocks 25 - 28.
And here are the 28 blocks together. I'm not sure if I'll be able to get another picture of this before the quilt is set together...I'm running out of room on the sewing room floor! With 8 more blocks, though, this quilt will be ready to set together!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you get to sew today just because!