Friday, April 22, 2016

Finished Evergreen State

This makes me so happy! My block of the month top is finished, and I love it.

The stocks of wheat as borders add so much, and were fun to do. The tops of the wheat are braids.

I changed this one corner block from spools with a banner to the two Martha Washington blocks, half sized.

I learned and practiced lots of techniques: paper piecing ( the tulip fields, the airplanes, and the mariner's compass), more braids (with the trees, hearts, and apples), a little appliqué (the salmon ladder), and lots of precise piecing (check out the ferry windows!). Thanks to Nancy at Pacific Fabrics, the teacher for this block of the month. The quilt was designed by Anna-Beth Meyer-Graham, the Evergreen State panel designed by Chandler O'Leary.

This measures 77" X 68" before quilting. I'll take a deep breath before I start that.

A couple more photos. . . .

This one is before the borders:

I'm not a quilter who sews many patterns or use panels, I usually like to be more of a pull-all-the-scraps-together person (with LOTS of inspiration from the on line quilt community), but this one spoke to me, having called Washington home for most of my life. I was born here, grew up here, raised my children here, and had two breaks: in Australia for a year and two years in Philadelphia. Both were enriching experiences that I would not trade for anything. And the evergreen state is really home..

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Evergreen State Progress!

EVERGREEN STATE is together! My block of the month from a local quilt shop is in its finishing stages. It needs two rows of sashing for the top be final. One will be wheat, and one dark green.

I changed one block. On the instructions the block on the lower left had the spools of thread with pennant flags above. I removed the flags and replaced them with two Martha Washington 6 inch quilt blocks. It took a bit of research to find a block that had significance with all the other Washington themed blocks. Then the block was sized at 12 inches finished. Reducing the size challenged all my math skills, especially the tiny pinwheels in the center.

I love living in Washington, the evergreen trees, the tulip fields with snowy mountains behind, even the rain.

Here's a closer look at the ferry . . . It was quite a challenge as well.

There are a few pieces that are from a panel, which I usually don't care for, but they finish this in a way I can live with.

Tomorrow I'll be sewing the wheat, a salute to the east side of the state with lots of agriculture: wheat, hops, apples, pears, apricots, and ready right now: asparagus.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Starting something new

These little 6.5 inch squares are addicting. I started with just a couple, and now I can't stop.

Here's a look at lots of blocks together.
They're all a scraps, except I've cut white and light from pieces in my stash. I'll set them on point which is new for me.

FUN! I need 99 blocks and have 62 as of today.