Thursday, October 15, 2020

Just Checking In

Irish Chain with Solids is slowly being quilted. I'm quilting it as I follow Angela Walters' "Quilting with Rulers Challenge".

I continue working on projects and finished the top Basket Weave Strings. I decided to use a teal grunge for the background.

The inner border is a plain cotton in the same color.

I've put together a couple of blocks for the Aspen quilt.

I ordered this book, Quilts for Scrap Lovers: 16 Projects: Start with Simple Squares by Judy Gauthier after watching Judy on The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show. 

I wanted to see this simple block and how she was making it and using it. It is the only block used in the cover quilt of the book.

First I took my new color wheel (I've never actually owned one before.) and pulled some fabrics from my stash.

Then I made a few blocks, well it was quite a few. I took the liberty of making the blocks my way instead of Judy's because I really don't mind working with triangles.  I still need to finish sewing the blocks together.

A couple of days ago, I found this picture and decided to make a few blocks for a quilt I'll call Batik Knots. I have a lot of 2 1/2" batik squares and thought it would be a good way to use some of them. Figuring out the size of the middle dark square took a little time, figuring, and testing. I finally settled on a 3 3/8" square. It might have been faster to track down the square on the Olfa website but I don't know what size their yellow squares are and I do know mine are already cut at 2 1/2".

Here is the first block I made.

And now I have enough to see what my quilt will probably look like.

I'm still knitting - I'm on the last sleeve for my sweater and I have 8 of 12 blocks finished for the afghan. I am spending a lot of time knitting because I'm having some back problems. I'll see a specialist next week. In the meantime I have physical therapy. I had a CT scan because I can't have an MRI with the screws in my back. My PT said we're going to treat this like it is a pinched nerve for the time being. I'm pretty comfortable when I'm sitting and knitting so that works for now.


  1. Sorry to hear of the back pain. Glad sitting and knitting does not cause you issues.... nice to be productive without pain! Love that quilt cover and your quilt of blues with that block is gorgeous. I also love the Batik knots.... might be because I love the colors you are using. You can never go wrong with blues and greens.

  2. Sorry your back hurts. Hopefully the pain will go away soon. I've made lots of the block from that book for a Treadle On exchange last year.

  3. The basket weave string look great with the background fabric. Love the quilt you've started with the blues, beautiful! Hope the back problem clears up soon, back pain is challenging. Happy stitching!



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