Hello and happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend! We had some windy weather, but it kept the temperatures a little cooler than normal for this time of year, so I didn’t complain! And I finally had a chance to get into the sewing room and do some fun sewing. I’m working on some simple patchwork projects that make for relaxing sewing. I love cutting up squares and just being able to sew them together!
On Friday afternoon I pulled out my large container of red, cream and blue fabrics and started cutting squares. I soon realized that I had a lot more blues and creams than reds. However, red is such a strong color that I found I didn’t need a lot of it. I made two even piles with my squares: one pile had blue and red squares, and the other pile had “lights.” Then I sewed one square from each pile to a square from the other pile.
I can’t remember the last time I just sat and sewed simple squares. But it was really so relaxing and fun. I kept thinking I should make more simple patchwork projects! After finishing up my patchwork I added some borders. And while I was at it, I cut and pieced and pressed the binding. These are ready to be quilted, and I’ll share the entire project when it’s finished.
Next on my list was some flying geese blocks for an upcoming Christmas in July project tutorial! I used scraps from a couple of previous Christmas Figs projects and really enjoyed making these too! I used the Bloc Loc Flying Geese rulers for these and have decided that these rulers are really my absolute favorite way to make this block. The only downside is that you have to purchase a different ruler for each size flying geese block you are making. However, if you want perfection, this ruler makes it possible.
Just as I was trimming the final flying geese blocks, I realized I had reversed the darks and lights for the project I’m making. So the flying geese in my first photo are now extra, and I made another complete set the correct way! I’ll just have to come up with something fun to use the first set of blocks for!
As I was getting ready to put my fabrics away I realized something. I didn’t really have very many Christmas Figs fabrics left after cutting everything I needed for my projects. So I decided to cut my remaining scraps into squares! I’d had so much fun sewing those simple patchwork pieces earlier that I decided I needed to make a Christmas version as well! Some of the fabrics are repeated quite a few times in my Christmas version, but I don’t think it’s going to matter when I have it finished up. And I have another project now instead of more scraps!
I really enjoyed simple sewing with squares this weekend! And I can’t wait until my projects are finished up so I can share them!
Some More Ideas for Simple Patchwork Sewing with Squares:
If you enjoy simple patchwork sewing you might enjoy this post I wrote with lots of tips and ideas for simple patchwork sewing with squares. Read it here.
Happy quilting…and thanks so much for stopping by!
I think I can hear the happiness in your voice and see the bounce in your step after reading this post, Sherri. I’m happy for you! This was a beautiful post. Enjoy your day!!
How fun! And it must feel great to have finished something pretty.
I love your simple square projects and sometimes keeping things simple is the best.
Sue H says
Sometimes simplicity is the key to happiness. Glad you found yours this weekend!
Jane HILLIS says
Again, You and your blog are in my top three but today you’re Number 1. I forget that it’s OK to give myself permission to Sew for Fun! Simple Patchwork Sewing is one of my favorite ways to . relax but I’m always so behind on projects I never take the time to See for ME!! THANKS for the inspiration!
BTW, I like the new blog arrangement. It’s clean, colorful, and quilter friendly! I would love to meet you one day and have you sign one of your books that I own! I’m not a big “fan girl” except for my Heroes in the Quilting World. Perhaps, we’ll meet in person one day!
Keep encouraging all of us out here in our sewing room!
I’m thinking of restarting my personal blog that I had to pause due to family health issues. I used to be a very active blogger about family and quilting.
Jane Ellen Hillis
Thank you so much Jane! Happy quilting!
Hi Sherri, How great that you are able to take to heart the quote you made on your letter board couple posts back. And these projects are just lovely. Appreciate the inspiration as always…
Robby H. says
What an interesting observation about the strength of the red pieces making up for the smaller number. I do believe you’re right. Look forward to seeing what comes out of this.