The dice rolled 5 again so I’m working on my black and grey nine patch blocks for the second week in a row - I knew this would happen sooner or later. And no, I wasn’t tempted to have another roll of the dice, that would be cheating, and I can’t do that. So project 5 it is again. Although I am champing at the bit to get back to my Amandajean apron, and the Little Letters quilt which is now all pinned up ready for machine quilting. But I’ll just have to be patient and wait till they get their turn.
I didn’t manage a great deal of sewing time last week, with all sorts of other commitments, and this week will be much the same. With our 60s Up meeting in the morning, and visitors in the afternoon, yesterday was a write-off as far as any sewing time was concerned. So I was determined to make the most of a day at home today.
The first job was to carefully trim the embroidered horse head blocks to the size of the 9 patch blocks. After I’d cut the first couple, I was seized with a terrible thought. Had I actually measured the 9 patch blocks, or was I just presuming I knew the size? You know that wise old saying – measure twice and cut once. Thank goodness I had the correct size in my old grey head, so a catastrophe was averted.
Horse head blocks, trimmed to size and pressed
Sashing strips were next, and I stitched, and stitched, and stitched some more, until I had a nice pile of 9 patch blocks with a sashing strip stitched down one side. And I used the “leader and ender” technique to sew black squares on the end of sashing strips to go between each row of blocks. I rather like the touch of raspberry with the black and grey blocks - what do you think?
The results of several hours at the sewing machine
I’m always rather intrigued with quilters in the Northern Hemisphere who lay their new quilts over snow to take a photo. Doesn’t all that precious work get wet and grubby? No snow down here in my part of paradise in New Zealand, but I can share grass and sunshine instead.