Weekend Wrap up


AKA 10 done 8 to go on the Block A’s of the Irish Chain Variation!

Did not do much sewing at all really this weekend , made one block

saturday ,  today  i managed to churn out 7 Block’s .

As I mentioned in an earlier post i am using each dark and light fat quarter fabric twice, mixing and matching so no two blocks are exactly the same.

I find making two at a time with the same darker fabric and two different light fabric works well , I can chain piece some of the short strips together, press and trim at the same time as well. working really well for me.

the seams on the blocks are nesting really well when sewing them together which makes me happy and i am sewing the 2 center seams open as they do not need to next with anything when i sew them together with the B blocks.

the left pic is all the background fabric cut into the 2 x 8 1/2 ” strips for rows 2 and 4 and also the 3 1/2 x 4 1/2″ strips for rows 1 and 5.

to make my 2 blocks i would then cut the darker background strips for each block and then one colour light strips for one block and another light fabric  for the other one.

In the right picture you can see them set our ready for sewing , You can see row 1 and 5 for each block sewn and laid out.  above you can see one block has a very light fabric and the other has a orangey colour as the second colour.

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Here are the two blocks done.


Here are two more sets of two all finished.

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And two more all done!


And this is all of them pinned to the wall in my sewing room


When i did the first block of this design i didn’t think i would enjoy doing them very much, and it seemed to take a long time to sew it together.

But figuring out a way to chain piece speeds it up a bit and also just doing them over and over you get somewhat quicker.

Before i came up stairs i cut all the coloured strips for the remaining blocks to length and they are all ready to go. I didn’t do that earlier because i found myself getting confused about which colors i was using with each other LOL

so no cutting tomorrow night after work, supper etc. maybe i can get 4 or 5 done and then we will see.

we are going out for a dinner with friends on Tuesday  after work and not sure how late we will be out.  so maybe no sewing 😦  but Wednesday I don’t have my regular meeting just coffee with a friend and should be able to hit the sewing room afterwards.

I would like to get this done asap as this coming weekend will probably have a funeral to go to and that will not leave me in any shape to wield sharp instruments and sew straight lines and the next weekend will probably be going to my sons ( about a 6 hour drive) for my oldest granddaughters dance recitial, she is 6 year’s old and is doing tap and ballet and its a hoot to go and watch all the kids her age and especially the younger ones who are so darn cute, waving to their parents etc!

so i would like to have this one all pieced before i go away.

oh and Dawn i did not unpick and re sew the pieces of fabric on the first 2 blocks that had the pattern going the opposite direction, It took me a minute or 2 to find them today, so i decided they were not that noticeable after all 🙂

I did press the two center seams open though!

 So far so good on this one! The last piecing lesson in Quilters Academy volume one!!

thanks for stopping by!


One response »

  1. Glad to hear you got some sewing time in this weekend 🙂 And, that you didn’t have to do more seam ripping. Looks like you got a system worked out so that it isn’t so slow. I think people who do scrappy quilts must have some system otherwise it would take forever to get one quilt done.

    Have fun watching the cuties dance the stage!

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