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Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday is Roll the Dice Day

After a two week holiday away in our caravan, which was wonderful, it’s nice to be back home again.  One thing I’ve been looking forward to while we were away is coming back home and getting on with my UFOs.  Hence – roll the dice to see which one I’m working on this week from my List of Six.  And I’m thrilled that the dice landed on number 5, which is my Christmas Stars and Nine Patches quilt. I’ve been wanting to get back to this one for ages.

It started out like this, Christmas stars and nine patch blocks received from a couple a block swaps I took part in ages ago.  And of course I stitched more to give myself plenty of blocks to play with.

Christmas stars and nine patch blocks

Looking back, it seems that I hadn’t worked on this quilt for a while.  At my last sewing session I had completed “stitching in the ditch” around all the blocks to hold the quilt together, and also both sides along the inner border.  So that was a good start.  Today I’ve completed the straight line machine quilting through all the nine patch blocks, using a variegated thread I  found tucked away in Christmas colours of red, green and cream.  Guess I’ll be sewing in some ends tonight in front of the TV.

Starting the straight line quilting

Looks like I’ll need to brush those chalk lines away

With a couple of free afternoons this week, I should  be able to get some more machine quilting done.  Every little bit helps!


Nancy J said...

Looking great, and I see you scrunch up the quilt rather than roll, I read somewhere that this way is a lot better.

Maria said...

This Quilt is a great Christmas Quilt.. What size are the Stars and nine patch blocks please. My DD has given me a challenge to make a Christmas quilt and this looks like a good one to use up Christmas scraps and looks is a lovely finish.

Jenny said...

The size of the blocks are 6in finished - so a good pattern to use up some of those 2 1/2 strips. And yes, I scrunch the quilt - but only because I never thought to roll it!

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

I always look forward to your "roll of the dice" posts. This idea has certainly seen you power through some OFOs.

Tired Teacher said...

Working on old UFOs is satisfying, and this project is a beauty! Love all the stars.

Allison said...

Love the idea of 'roll the dice' - I will try that. I have 'sew' many ufo's. This pattern would be good for leaders and enders too. Great quilt Jenny.

loulee said...

Looking good. It will be good to see this one all finished, I love Christmas quilts.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

What a lovely creation this has turned out to be Jenny. It will be a most welcome quilt for Christmas and you are so right, every little bit helps.

Raewyn said...

So close now Jenny -it's looking gorgeous! May be finished in time for Christmas in July!