Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Going in Different Directions

I'd been working on the five extra hexies and appliqueing them to background fabric until I decided to clean out my sewing room and got side-tracked in all directions . . . 


I'm leaning toward this arrangement with a zig-zag border--maybe :) The center hexie still needs to be appliqued. 


Close-ups of the last two. 

As I was saying . . . I began to clean, I mean really clean, my sewing room. I emptied three shelves of novelty fabrics which I plan on giving to our guild for charity quilts. In their place I put wool fabrics that I've had in a storage bin forever. I finally washed them in the washing machine using Ivory dishwashing liquid and threw them in the dryer on the regular cycle. Now they are light and fluffy!

Initially I wanted to make a hooked rug but I've had this table runner in mind ever since I purchased the pattern at a thrift shop last year. I ordered Prairie Cloth on Etsy and hope to get started sometime soon! 

But as I was placing my order I noticed this wonderful cross-stitch pic of Abe and George. So I purchased the pattern and bought some DMC floss.

But I really needed to clean off my work table and had two guild projects that needed attention. First, I made a block (your choice) using the fabric that was provided by the Sunshine Committee. I added the yellow print. Super simple!

Then I made a Disappearing Nine Patch Block. I had picked up the instructions at our last meeting just out of curiosity. Every month guild members have an opportunity to try something new by participating in Block-of-the-Month. For every block you turn in you receive a raffle ticket. A winner is chosen during the meeting. Depending on how many people participate, there are usually enough blocks to make a quilt.  

This month's fabric selection was "Nod to Fall. Break out the reds, oranges and yellows for this Fall-inspired block." I have a lot of fall fabrics and was intending to make only one block but it was so easy I got carried away. 

The unfinished block is 13-1/2". I may keep on going :)

And I've got my pink hsts made for part 3 of Lori's Palmateer Point QAL here :) 

After three days of cleaning out and getting rid of stuff I actually added more projects! Does that ever happen to you??

BTW, those of you who thought the guy in the mural (last post) was Buddy Holly--it was a great guess! My son said it was James Dean so I stopped by the pizzeria today to ask. Sure enough it's James Dean! Thanks for playing along!

Have a great week!

Copyright 2017, Barbara Schaffer


  1. Your cleaning has produced some fun! I've had that pattern for the wool tablerunner for years and I still like it....someday! Refreshing your space gives a new look to projects new and old.

  2. You were sooo busy this week ! Love your disappearing blocks and your pink choice for the Palmateer is beautiful !
    I choose pink too !

  3. What fun fall blocks! I hope you win. Your hexie project looks great and oh my what a great Presidential cross stitch pattern. yay
    James Dean, yep I see that. Looking forward to the SAL reveal.

  4. Love the edging around your wonderful hexies! Doing Lori’s Palmateer QAL is so fun isn’t it...looking forward to seeing everyone’s version. Totally understand how it goes when cleaning the sewing room - so easy to get sidetracked and then for me the guilt sets in over what I discover...right now finishing up a quilt top that dates to 1993...oh the extra guilt...

  5. Your hexie project is looking fantastic!! I made that table runner for a gift and really loved it.
    Those fall blocks are perfect! Autumn is arriving here on the high desert.
    I love a clean sewing room and that is on my list to start on today! I hope you like the Palmateer Point finale!!