I didn’t get to sew a lot this weekend…but I did finish up a work in progress (yay)! I’ve needed to finish up another Charming and Cheerful bag (my own design, published in the August 2011 American Patchwork & Quilting). This bag will be a shop sample for a little while, and then I’ll get to use it (unless one of my girls claims it first).
The fabrics are all Hometown by Sweetwater for Moda–they really worked well, I think. I used Soft & Stable instead of fleece or interfacing, and I love the additional body it gives the bag (without being too stiff). If you live in the St. George area, I’ll be teaching this bag as a class at Quilted Works later this month.
I also finished up a few Farmer’s Wife blocks. Since I was short on time I decided to use the same basic fabrics and pieces for my two blocks. Above is Block #98, Waterwheel.
And here is block #72, Railroad. Now you might have noticed I used the same fabrics with just a couple of differences…
But did you notice these blocks are made up of exactly the same “parts and pieces?” If you look carefully you’ll see that each of these blocks is constructed of four half-square triangles and five four-patch blocks. Since my hst construction method makes two identical hst’s at a time, I really sped things up here.
And here is the Fig Tree Waterwheel…
And the Fig Tree Railroad.
Since this quilt is going to be quite large, I don’t think anyone will notice I made a couple of blocks with the same basic fabrics…it sure helped me finish more quickly! Although…this is one of those quilts that I am trying to savor…it’s a little scary getting close to the half-way point on this since I’ve enjoyed working on it so much! I have 40 blocks finished in each version…as soon as I figure out how to get a good photo of them all I’ll be sharing!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
PS…you can still enter the Veranda fabric giveaway here!