My quilt bucket list is getting shorter. The completion of the (non traditional) Hexie quilt top inspired me to move down my list. It’s really a short list and consists of 3 itmes.
In reality I was able to accomplish 2 things with the Hexie (pattern here)quilt. Mark the quilt off my list and use remaining jelly roll strips from a previous project. This inspired me to move on to my next bucket list item, a Churn Dash quilt.
Though I cant say why I have never pieced even a single Churn Dash block, I do love them. So Friday night I pulled all my fat quarters left from the Mosaic quilt. Once I decided on my block dims and patch sizes I pulled 19 fat quarters from the pile. From a fat quarter I can get three 12″ finished blocks. And of course my favorite muslin for the background fabric.
All fabric was cut to 5″ squares. You need 4 colored patches and 5 background patches for each finished block. Then I paired each colored square with a muslin square. made my hst by drawing a diagonal line from corner to corner, stitched 1/4″ on both sides of the line and cut down the middle making 2 hst. Do this 2 times. Right sides together of course. For the bar between the hst, I stitched a 1/4″ seam down the sides and cut the block down the middle at 2 1/2″making 2 blocks. Do this 2 times. Easy peasy, why hadn’t I made these before?
After doing all my cutting Saturday I was able to make 6 blocks. Yesterday I completed 17 more. The plan is to make a 7 across by 8 down top though this may change. There is still a pile of the fat quarters that I can use on yet another project or add additional blocks/borders to this one/
Lighting and my sewing room
OMG I have been missing out. If you aren’t aware, I live in an earth home. The front wall of my home is exposed, the sides and back are below grade. That means any room in the rear of the home has no windows so lighting is a struggle. Guess where my sewing room is?
Over the years I have tried different lighting options. These are what I have settled with over the last couple years:
LED’s in the ceiling light
Halogen floor lamp (which really throws bright light and heat)
LED clip on light
An additional LED floor lamp that I drag around my room when and where needed.
Like most of you (I’m certain) it has taken me a while to finally setup my 10′ x 10″ sewing room to be comfortable. Function hasn’t been as big an issue as much as feeling cluttered with different layouts. Because of my limited space large pieces of functional furniture is out of the question. Then there are items like…my mother in laws sewing cabinet that I really like but my machine doesn’t fit it, an oak table from the late 1800’s that my husbands great grandpa made and my son’s Radio Flyer wagon. These things I have put to use making my work areas.
For the last year I have been comfortable in my current setup so I decided it was time yet again to try other non expensive lighting options. For $25 each I purchase two 4′ 4500 lumens LED shop lights. My dh placed one over my piecing table and one over my cutting/ironing table. Girl let me tell you, “I am in heaven”. I’d show you photos but now that I can see it appears my room is a little past due on a paint job.
If you struggle with lighting or lack thereof you may wish to try these. They do not throw light horizontally. Meaning I have a dark corner in the room. However each shop light provides more than enough light to the areas they are placed over.
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