Happy Friday! Yesterday I decided to make a few changes to my red and white quilt...
There were a couple of blocks that were bothering me, and as it got closer to the time when I knew I'd be taking the quilt to be quilted I knew I had to make a couple of changes. When I first started the quilt my plan was to include a lot of text prints and a variety of low-volume fabrics that included darker greys and blacks. So a couple of blocks made in the beginning used those types of fabrics. As I kept working on the quilt over a period of months, though, I didn't keep using the text fabrics and backgrounds with darker colors. My quilt really became a red and white quilt other than those early blocks.
So yesterday I remade one block and switched out 4 sections of another. It took a few hours, but I'm so much happier with the quilt. I know I would have always wanted to change it up if I hadn't taken the time to do that. Although I actually like the block pictured above with the text print better, the other version looks better in my quilt. I took it to the quilter last night, too, so I'll be sharing the finish soon!
I have a couple of favorites to share today, too (Friday favorites items are just things I have found to be useful, they aren't sponsored product reviews). The first one is the Beam n Read LED 6 Hands-Free Task Light; Extra Wide & Extra Bright Light from 6 LEDs Plus Clip-on Orange and Red Relaxation Filters . I first found out about this in May while traveling and noticed a glow coming from one of the other passengers on the bus I was on. When I realized she had perfect light for stitching, I had to find out what she was using! This wearable light gives you bright light exactly where you need it for stitching, needle work, or even binding. It's great for travel or even for working at home when the lighting isn't good.
I also love this handy thread cutter which was a gift. It's lightweight yet has a base that makes it stay put. It's perfect for trimming threads quickly and even better for cutting apart blocks or block pieces that have been chain-pieced together. I keep mine right by my sewing machine and also use it at the ironing board.
I'm really hoping to do a lot of sewing this weekend. Hope you get to do some sewing too! Thanks so much for stopping by!