Tuesday, November 18, 2014


It always amazes me how much progress I can make on a quilt by sewing a half an hour each day. 

Somehow I managed to make 80 Illusion blocks in what seemed like no time.  Now that all the blocks are made I have begun sewing them into rows and sewing the rows to each other.  Here's what I have so far ~~~

This is Row 1 and 2 sewn together.  Can you see the 'floating' effect?  The gray strip on the left of each block is supposed to be the shadow of the colored rectangles.  The effect would be stronger if I had used a darker shade of gray but I like mine this way.  The colored fabric is Grunge by Basicgrey.  I really love this fabric and the colors.  Up close it has the look of raw silk.  Such an unfortunate name for such a lovely fabric line.

Rows 3 and 4 are pressed and ready to be sewn together.  Thereare eight rows all together, so I will sew four sets of two rows and then join them together.

Here are a few more stacks of blocks waiting to be sewn into rows.  I number the first block of each row with a sticky label.  I pin the label onto the block to prevent them falling off during pressing or moving them around.  I pick up a row of blocks in the order they are to be sewn and I clip the blocks with a clothespin.  This way if I happen to get interrupted it's simple for me to go back and figure out what I was doing.  Is it just me, or do you get interruptions all the time?  Note:  If you use sticky labels, pin them in an area where they won't be pressed. 

It will be fun to see how long it takes this quilt to go together.  I have a huge box of Christmas 'gifties' to finish and get ready to mail. 

Before long I will announce my Holiday Giveaway.  Don't miss out.

Until next time I wish you days of Peace & Plenty.   Barb

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