The Dreamcatcher At Houston!

Felt amazing wearing this ribbon!
Would you believe that I forgot to take a picture of the quilt by itself?
Preening in front of my quilt!

Nearly Insane—One More Block!

This 6″ block of the Salinda Rupp quilt was fairly simple, as you can see! I opened the seam at the edge as I plan to eventually assemble the blocks by machine.

Incidentally my new machine has arrived, haven’t had a chance to open it yet. It sounded like a great buy–has ten feet, including walking foot and free motion quilting feet and an extension table too! All just for $140 from Brother– I think it is Model 3340.

Block 81

Vital Stats

Number of pieces: 44

Difficulty level: Easy

Technique used: EPP

Block 81 Nearly Insane

So Houston, here I come!

Nearly Insane Progress

There is finally some progress on my Nearly Insane blocks, thanks to the fact that I am without a sewing machine while visiting my son! I had printed out patterns for the first fifty blocks at home and had the sense to carry them with me, along with the Summer Breeze III fabric by Moda that I am using for my quilt. With time on my hands, I sat for several hours and cut out the templates for foundation paper piecing ( hundreds of them!) before it struck me that I couldn’t use them without a sewing machine! Now what?

I could, of course cut out the fabric for the blocks. I had the fabric pieces for five random blocks, when it finally dawned on me that I could piece the blocks without the machine. English Paper piecing it was to be. But for that, the templates had to be cut again, into individual paper pieces. Not a happy thought, as the average number of pieces in the blocks must be around fifty.

It was certainly a tedious job, but I finally had the pieces ready for EPP.

Block 81 ( Work-in-progress)

Just 44 pieces in this block, on its way! ( Block 81)

I started on the block, but gave up half way to do a really easy one–Block 2.

But before I show you Block 2, you must see my Block 1, completed on my sewing machine while still at home.

Block 1 (Done!)

Isn’t it pretty? I attempted some fussy cutting with this one.

Vital Stats

No of pieces: 37

Level of difficulty: Easy

Technique: Paper foundation pieced

Block 2 (Done)

One of the easiest blocks–just 21 pieces!

No of pieces: 21

Level of difficulty: Real easy–had I foundation paper pieced it!

Technique: English paper pieced

Block 9 (Put-aside-for-now)

The inner 4.5″ portion on this is done, it has 28 pieces! But wait – the outer 3/4″ ring has 64 more pieces coming up. Terrifying, isn’t it? The are 24 half square triangles, 3/4″ each, besides four 4-patches of 3/4″!

I think it will be sensible to wait to foundation paper piece them on a sewing machine.

28 pieces here, 64 more to come to complete this 6” Block!

I have been thinking that it makes sense to do first the blocks which cannot be paper-foundation pieced on the machine. Need to identify those and get to work on them.

But before that, I am off to Houston on Thursday, to see all those beautiful quilts–and view my Dreamcatcher hanging there. I hope I can take lots of pictures to share!

Happy quilting to all of you! And Happy Diwali too! Have a wonderful year ahead.