Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dipping My Toe Back In!

As I mentioned in my prior post, I've spent some time in my sewing room!  Trying to get over the sewing dry spell.  I haven't completed a Farmers Wife block in a while and I found myself reaching for the book and working on this block.   It was enjoyable!
Block 21 - Butterfly at the Crossroads
These next two blocks are from the 2nd or 3rd quilt that I started and are also from a quilting class I took (2009).  It was a beginners class but there are y seams and other higher skilled piecing in this class.  So in hindsight, I had no business being in that class.  I've gone back and fixed/improved/repaired as many of them as I can.  They were awful.  Two are beyond redemption. The remaining blocks are still not great but they are better.  One thing I know for sure is that my skills HAVE improved since I took this class.  Today I would work harder to get it right vs. getting it done.  This project is also one of my 19 WIPs that I'm trying to whittle down.  I've decided to not make the quilt as big as originally intended because I didn't want to make any more blocks.  Considering I've not been sewing one would think this would be the last project I'd reach for to work on.   Oddly enough, it was really satisfying!
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I've since appliqued the arcs down and replaced the corner triangles on this one. 
Please excuse the poor lighting and scorched pressing mat.
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For now, this one is put away for a bit.  I got a quilt back that I put in to be quilted earlier in the year and I'll be working on the binding!  The quilting is amazing and I'm hopeful that I'll be sharing it with you soon!  In the meantime - happy stitches to you all!

26 comments:

Margaret said...

I'm so happy to see you working on your quilts again. Your quilting skills have grown by leaps and bounds over the time I've been watching you do it. Such wonderful work!

Annette-California said...

All 3 blocks are beautiful Jackie. WOW! The one with the arcs I've not seen this pattern before and its incredible. So happy to see you sewing again:) love Annette

Theresa said...

These blocks are so beautiful!!!! I love the colors you choose~~

ruthsplace said...

I like all your blocks.

Marie said...

Hi Jackie, glad to see your joining me as we both get back into action. I love the colors your working in and I do say very nice work. Have a great week-end. Hugs, Marie

Karendianne said...

Wow! Check You Out.

Beautiful blocks, stunning fabrics and I have to say this looks like DIVING in. :0. I dig that.

Annie said...

Those look so difficult. Turned out beautifully. Nice to see you jumping in with full force!

Deb said...

I haven't had any time in the past month to work on any quilting and I'm so frustrated. I love all three of your blocks!! I love the fabrics in the last two blocks!

Vickie said...

Great fabric choices!

Catherine said...

Great blocks!

yarnjourney said...

What fun projects and such beautiful work. Love your fabric choices. Have a great weekend!

Carla said...

Wow Jackie. Those look like complicated beginner blocks. Lovely farmers wife too . Looking forward to seeing your quilt

Tammy said...

Your blocks are gorgeous. So glad you are back in your sewing room and having some fun. Hugs!!

Ellen said...

Love seeing your current quilt projects--so pretty!

Melanie said...

Yay for toe dipping!!! :)

Kathleen Wilson said...

I love those blocks. The arc one reminds me of a pattern I'm getting ready to work on. It's by Judy Neimeyer. It's for the quilts-novels group. The book we are starting is Wedding Ring by Emilie Richards. Great to see you back ar the machine.

Kathleen Wilson said...

I love those blocks. The arc one reminds me of a pattern I'm getting ready to work on. It's by Judy Neimeyer. It's for the quilts-novels group. The book we are starting is Wedding Ring by Emilie Richards. Great to see you back ar the machine.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

beautiful blocks !!!

bisous bisous

woolwoman said...

Glad to see you are making progress on your quilting WIP's Jackie - they are beautiful blocks. I missed your previous post - the AoTH block is great and you are really coming along on that project. Sometimes we all hit a slump - maybe seeing fall on the horizon will put us all on task again - it's been a long hot summer as usual in the deep south. The blog post you did for our EGA chapter is wonderful - great photos - thanks ! Enjoy the holiday weekend - Mel

Susan said...

Love the Farmer's Wife block! I'm still struggling with color choices for that project. Curved piecing--wow! I'm impressed at your skill level. Looking forward to seeing your newly bound quilt.

Karoline said...

Your blocks are looking lovely, looking forward to seeing your finished quilt

Michele said...

I'm glad you are back in the sewing room! It's great to hear from you again :-) I'm looking forward to seeing the quilt that you just got back from the quilter :-)

Brigitte said...

It's great to see what comes out of your sewing room - beautiful blocks indeed. IsN't it inspiring to know and to see how much you have improved your skills over the last years?

Sally said...

Wahoo it's lovely to see you back and quilting again :)

Aunt 'Reen said...

Really gorgeous blocks Jackie! I love those scrappy pinks.
Farmer's Wife is one I'd like to make someday. For now, I'll just admire your blocks!

Barb said...

That first block is way way awesome.

Well...I hope your dry spell is over...