Over the weekend I did a lot of sewing by hand–eight hours worth to be exact! Now I’m not normally a television kind of person (especially now that White Collar and Downton Abbey have completed their seasons), but twice a year I love being a couch potato and watching the inspirational messages from my church’s General Conference.
Getting ready for eight hours of hand sewing takes some preparation. I spent a little while with my iron and spray starch prepping applique’ pieces to finish up 3 more Tessie Flower blocks. Now that I’ve finished four I just have 36 more to go…this might be a year-long project!
I noticed while taking these pictures that each block has at least one polka dot print.
This block has three polka dot prints…not sure that the patern will continue in every block, but there will definitely be plenty of polka dots in this quilt.
I was also able to baste seven hexie flowers. Most of the hexagons for these were already basted–I just needed to sew them together.
So of course I had to take a picture of my collection; I now have 19 flowers.
This might be a multi-year project. I really should start basting some of the white connecting hexies so I can start setting some of these together, but making white hexies just never seems to be that appealing. I’d much rather play with color!
I also worked on binding for a work in progress from at least 6 years ago (the work in progress is pictured above…I’ll blog about it later this week). And I made over 550 inches of scrappy binding. I had no idea how much I was making; I just kept sewing, and this is what I ended up with. I may use it to bind my scrappy trip around the world quilt, or I may save it for another scrappy project. At least these scrappy fabrics are now usable! I have saved all of my left-over binding pieces for years, and even after sewing up this 550 inches, the binding scrap box is still quite full. I noticed quite a few Christmas themed binding left-overs, so I’ll sew them together and use them to bind my next scrappy Christmas quilt.
And now for a couple of winners–the winner of the S is for Stitch book is Melissa and the winner of the Locally Grown fabric giveaway is Maxwells. Congratulations to both of you–I will be contacting you by e-mail.