Thursday, March 01, 2012

the elusive UFO #8!

almost 5 years ago, before we moved to this house, i had packed up my sewing room (while hugely pregnant with baby BJ) and figured that it would be quite a while before i was able to sew again.

the baby was born (and a sweet little baby she was!) and i had made her a charming little quilt, using repro fabrics from the 1930's. i had planned to also make a "matching" quilt for our bed, but that project got put on hold in the hustle of moving and caring for a growing family, all while doing a MAJOR remodel on our "new" home.

however, after we were here for a few months, i found that i really needed the soothing repetition of sewing, and creating something that stayed done, unlike cooking, cleaning, laundry or diapers. (not that i resent doing any of those things, it's just nice to have something stay done every once in a while!)

i hauled out my sewing machine again, and set it up on the school room table, right in the midst of the mess and bustle. every few days, i would piece a block (and that was in my "wonky" stage, apparently, since the blocks are purposely skewed. now, I'd do it a bit differently, as I'm not really sure that the wonky goes with the era...) until i finally had 154 4 patch, 44 log cabins and 39 Amish shadow blocks.

so, here we are, 4+ years later, and i have a substantial pile to work with! I'll do some playing with EQ5, and see what i can come up with. i envision perhaps a center medallion, surrounded by more of the blocks, and maybe a 4 patch border. maybe even some applique? *she says with a shudder*

this is a busy month (but aren't they all?) and we're busy planting and preparing to plant for our upcoming CSA season, but maybe i can at least get these blocks squared up and a plan for where I'm going!

check back here on March 31, and maybe you'll be pleasantly surprised. but not more surprised than i will be!


Alycia said...

I be checking back! I love those little blocks. I have a stack of 30's that I have no idea what to do with - so I am going to watch you ;-)

Lee said...

I'll be checking back too...I rather like the bit of wonky in those blocks, I think it adds to the charm of vintage, even if it may not have been in vogue back then. I have a whole drawer of repro FQs that I've been trying to find "just the right pattern" for. I'll find one, then put it away and forget. Oh well, some day I'll get it done.

Sandra said...

Sounds like you have a nice stack of blocks to play with. Can't wait to see how you put them together:)


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