Monday, August 6, 2012

Cotton Club

Two Saturdays back, I came home from my Cotton Club BOM meeting and immediately sat down at the sewing machine and got busy. Unusual for me. I finished all of the 5 blocks I had left to piece. It went well, it didn't seem to matter that it took hours to get these last 5 blocks finished.

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I put all my blocks in number order and stacked them in their Cotton Club box. Then I grabbed my finishing fabrics and got busy.

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I first went through my blocks and found the blocks (they're not assembled in numerical order) I needed for my first row. I wanted to put them on the design wall to keep me focused.

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First row up on the design wall. I can never seem to get good pictures in my sewing room.

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I also cut out my finishing fabrics with the exception of two of the borders. I tend to label everything as I've learned it's in my best interest to do so. I didn't do the sub-cutting for the triangles yet.

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Sunday I started making half square triangles and setting out the first row. My sewing machine then insisted that I had delayed her annual maintenance long enough. So I stopped and packed her up. I had really wanted to get the setting triangles for this row pieced but it was not to be.

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See that block third from the bottom? I realized upon looking at this photo that it needed to be rotated to be positioned correctly. I did that right away so I wouldn't forget. Funny how something not so obvious in person is so obvious in a pic.



As luck would have it, my sewing machine repair guy was out of town. It felt weird not to sew this weekend. We were busy with putting our house back together (which went well thanks to the tremendous efforts of my husband). But I still really missed my sewing machine!



Wishing you all happy stitches!

42 comments:

Carol said...

Jackie your blocks are awesome...it truly is amazing how long those little blocks take to get done. I can't wait for my finishing kit to arrive now that I've seen yours. Love your labeling system...thanks for sharing.

Vickie said...

Fabulous!

Margaret said...

Wow, it all looks so wonderful! Such a bummer that your sewing machine guy was out of town though. I'd feel very frustrated! This is going to be a spectacular quilt!

Quilt Hollow said...

Your blocks are nice! Love the fabrics.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Jackie, your quilting is always, always stunning. This one is going to be a masterpiece! Can't wait to see it all done up!

Kathleen said...

It looks like you're on your way to a fabulous quilt. have a great day.

Deb said...

Oh Jackie - I'm so envious! Your blocks look wonderful and I love seeing them on your design wall. I haven't finished my blocks yet nor have my finishing fabrics, but I better get a move on with the blocks and finish them up. I hope that your sewing machine comes back quickly!!

alethia said...

Labeling the pieces after cutting them out is a great idea. I also lke the idea of the nbox. As always the blocks are so prettyyyyyy!

Katherine said...

Gorgeous! And that design wall is huge!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love the blocks... this quilt is going to look fabulous.

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely work!

Aunt 'Reen said...

Congratulations on getting the last of your blocks finished! Your quilt is coming together so beautifully!

Annette-California said...

REMARKABLE! Wow wow wow. Gorgeous Jackie. How brilliant to pin up on a design wall. Oh this will be a masterpiece quilt for sure. Love your work.
love Annette

Mad about Craft said...

Looking good!!!!

Taking photos of quilt layouts are so useful, I've done this a lot and it has saved quite a few quilty disasters.

ruthsplace said...

The blocks look amazing!

Linda said...

Good for you to be on such a bent toward putting this project together. It's gonna look great! If I may suggest... the reason you aren't happy with your photos is that you're missing full spectrum lighting. Just head to your favorite box home store and look for full spectrum daylight bulbs. Replace all of them in your room, particularly any that illuminate where you sew. You'll be amazed at the improvement in fabric colors, seeing your work, and in your photos. Way to go on the closet organization! My sewing closet is being customized on Thursday, and I can't wait!

merumo said...

They all look soooooo yummy! I love them all.

Chris said...

Beautiful blocks. this i going to be a wonderful quilt. I hope that your sewing machine is up and running again soon.

Carol said...

Not being a quilter myself, it is so interesting to see how you put them together, Jackie--your blocks are so, so beautiful :)

imquilternity said...

Jackie, your progress on Cotton Club is looking wonderful! You have such patience.

Ellen said...

Jackie, your quilt is looking wonderful, and I love your design wall.

woolwoman said...

Jackie the cotton club project is stunning - I love the colors and it looks smashing up on your wall - that must be really helpful for quilters to see the whole picture before the piecing together. Dang it that your machine had to go down for maint. at such a critical time. Can't wait to see more. Mel

Melanie said...

Awesome!! I just love seeing how it is coming together. Looking fab!!!

Michele said...

Your blocks are amazing :-)

Patty C. said...

Drool drool drool - You are killing me with these blocks !!!! GORGEOUS !!!

Heidi's Garden said...

WOW...WOW...WOW! This is going to be an absolute beauty of a quilt Jackie. I often take photos of my quilts if I cannot see what needs done and look on the computer. It really helps.

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Penny said...

I love seeing how the blocks look together! So pretty already! Hopefully you have your sewing machine back. :)

Brigitte said...

I'm ohhhhing and aaaaaahhhing over your pictures. It's so interesting to see how every little piece of fabric falls in place and how the projects takes shape and gets bigger and bigger. I've seen it often but each time it amazes me anew. You are making a wonderful quilt!

Karoline said...

Your blocks are gorgeous, I love how the quilt is coming together.

Congratulations on your finishes, the hat is great

geeky Heather said...

I am, as always, totally impressed!

Lori said...

Love your cotton club blocks and the colors and especially love that huge design wall! Wow!

Simone de Klerk said...

The triangles make such a difference to the blocks. They come out so much better!
Love your huge design wall.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow your cotton club quilt is going to be fantastic!!! Love your wall!

Anne said...

Wonderful blocks Jackie and I really like your method! Very efficient and helpful too!

Barb said...

Look how organized you are...love the blocks!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love the color combo of the blocks in the box. They look wonderful on your wall too :)
Karen

MARCIE said...

Great looking blocks! You are moving right along!

Connie said...

Beautiful blocks and setting Jackie! You know I can't believe how many times I will see something that I didn't put in the right place when I look at a photo of it!

Suzanne said...

Beautiful, beautiful quilt! I really love the colours in this one.

Madame Samm said...

Oh wow jacquie....you make me love alllll your,creations

Elaine said...

Love, love, the colors and the blocks. I need to put up a design wall in my room! So inspired! Thanks for sharing!!

Elaine,
Chipper Piecemaking

Elaine said...

Love, love the colors and your blocks. I need to set up a design wall in my room too. So inspired with your sharing! Thanks for the nudge!