This would be a great day in Iowa to be binding a quilt and find an old movie on TV. I could watch Dayton Abby again as I have recorded all of season 3. Right now I have a sad attitude for the series. What can they do in season 4 to make me happy again? Unfortunately I do not have even a table topper ready for binding.
Currently I am working on the placement of the Sylvia blocks. I have made several sampler quilts so I want this layout to be different. I am liking the medallion look for this one. The book has 140 blocks. I think my friends and I have done 72 of them. With this setting it will be a queen sized if I add a border. It does not take all 72 blocks either, for which I am thankful. Not all blocks turned out 6-1/2″ raw. I am good at fudging, but there are limits!
We learned from Penny Haren to frame the blocks with a 2″ border than square up the blocks to 8-1/2″ raw. No one, except a judge, would notice that not all the frames are a perfect 1″
I am trying not to do this technique on this project, but I have used it before. The setting blocks are a perfect 6-1/2″ raw because I made them large and then trimmed them. I am willing to skimp on the 1/4″ SA on the sample blocks. I have read that the early quilters used 1/8″ SA. If I go that small I make the stitches smaller and add a little ‘no-fray’ to the SA.
As I am putting the blocks together I am also working on protecting points. Some blocks have gotten a little re-working/re-sewing. Of course then there is the dot-to-dot sewing. You might know of it as point-to-point sewing. Of course this leads a judge to say, “Straight seams should be straight.”
Others helped finish up the crib tumbler. Now that the orange border is in place I feel a sense of balance. I also think this might balance the tastes of a grandma and a mother. Us grandmas like the old fashioned tumbling blocks and the moms might enjoy the more current prints and colors.
Last time I posted I mentioned that 2 of my guest beds were displaying works in progress. Alas, recently all three guest beds were in use. It was a fun winter break to have family in town. They were from Louisiana and the 11 year old loved the little snow that we had at the time. Now I have to remember where I stashed the WIP.
The bronchitis that followed was not a fun break in winter. But it does make one thankful when they are healthy again!