Alabama Beauty 36 blocks finished!

Alabama Beauty 36 blocks fnished!

Finally. I started this project on June 26th 2010. I made half of it and put it away for years. I just got distracted with other projects I guess – but here it is. DONE!

After agonizing over the border (which I do with every single quilt I have ever made) I decided I didn’t want a border at all. I ran the idea by my quilter Margaret Gunn and she suggested that I add at least a narrow border.

I am taking her advice – because stitching the binding to a tiny one quarter inch sliver of fabric with a zillion seams on the edges plus the thickness of two battings and a backing – would be a nightmare. All the while trying not to sew over the red butterfly points – yikes!

I originally thought of a narrow one inch inner border of a yellowy orange print – then a three inch piano keys border of the yellow and orange prints in background circles.

Yesterday I cut out all of the yellow strips. Four each of 27 prints. Auditioned them and I didn’t like it. So I am just going with the narrow one inch border – no piano keys. I will bind it in the same fabric so it will look like a wide binding rather than a real border.

Blocks 19-36 joined

Alabama Beauty second panel of 18 blocksTomorrow I stitch the 48″ center seam and the top is done!! Finally.  Then on to the borders.

Alabama Beauty blocks 19-36

blocks 19-36Done! Now to join them.

10 down and 90 to go!

I have started joining the 400 3″ quarter Drunkard’s Path blocks into what will eventually be 100 six inch blocks – 10 blocks x 10 blocks – 60″x60″.

No border – which will be a first for me – but there is so much going on I think it will be able to stand alone. 

100% hand pieced using the Inklingo 6″ Drunkard’s Path collection.

My ancient Mac computer (over 9 years old) is acting up and wordpress is barely working – so I am going to have to stick to a picture and a bit of text – no links or anything fancy. Sorry. Just wanted to let you know I am alive and well and still stitching.

10 3%22 Drunkard's Path blocks

Hexagon star test block

hexagon star

I’ve never made a star quilt – but I’ve always liked them – I even have a “Star Quilts” board on Pinterest.

When Linda (of Inklingo fame) recently released a new collection of star points as an add-on to the hexagon collections I just had to try it.

It’s exactly like sewing a hexagon flower – and I LOVE hexagons! Adding the diamonds is a breeze – continuous stitching – I only used two threads.

I’d like to make 42 – six across and seven down. With a narrow inner border and a wider outer border it will be a nice medium size.

When am I going to do this – who knows? I have so many projects going at once. So into the sample block drawer it goes. Along with my Winding Ways and the Clamshell Pickle and the New York Beauty.

Union Jack Block #4 and #5

Flag block #5Flag block #4

 

 

 

Oops!

Five blocks done and each one of them is WRONG – the horizontal red stripe is too wide – a half an inch too wide! My original instructions said 7.5 cm and it should have been 6 – I have corrected the original post. How the heck that happened and how I didn’t catch is sooner is beyond me. Now where did I put the seam ripper?