Friday, January 3, 2014

back at it with blocks 7-12!

New year, new sewing energy!! Happy 2014 everyone!

We're covered in snow here in Northern Illinois with more expected this weekend. Perfect weather for sewing and online house hunting for properties in the southeastern region of the US! Quite a bit of both has been happening around here these first few days of 2014, but on to the sewing update...

I'm making progress on the Amish with a Twist quilt for my mom. All 12 block centers are completed, and the corner pieces needed to set them on point are cut.

Blocks 7-9 feature the stitch and flip method of adding triangles to the edges of squares or rectangles. Snowballs, diamond stars, and flying geese are just of a few of the blocks you can sew using this technique.

Blocks 10-12 combine techniques from all the previous blocks to create Hole in the Barn Door, traditional Square-in-a-Square, and Birds in the Air...

You may have seen photos and blog posts very recently about the Economy Block quilt along going on now with Brenda at Pink Castle Fabrics, Katy at I'm a Ginger Monkey, and Rita at Red Pepper Quilts. The economy block is a traditional square-in-a-square. The quilt along is focusing on using up scraps and stash to make these fun blocks - something I should definitely jump into! But I'm trying to maintain focus and get this quilt top finished. It's my #1 sewing goal for this year.  Ideally I'd like it to be completed in time for Mother's Day, which right now in the depths of snow and cold feels like years away.

What's your #1 sewing goal for 2014?

You can read about blocks 1-6 in this post.


  1. Happy New Year, Shelley! My #1 sewing goal for 2014 is to firmly resist any more sew-along projects, no matter how fun they look. 2013 did not see nearly enough progress on the WIP pile; I'd like to start this year with at least one "finish" in January!

  2. Hi. One of my sewing goals is to make some skirts from The Essential A-Line which you introduced me too on your blog. Also, as with most people I have a few WIPs to finish.
    Happy new year.


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