The Butterfly Parade blocks are finished – I have a little bit of the squares left but not enough for a full row so decided they will go in the scrap box and time to construct the rows. I will move color around just a little bit before sewing starts but overall it is good the way it is. Some have asked was this all scraps that I just put together – no it is from two charm collections – Strawberry Fields Revisited and Sew N’ Sew Chloe’s Closet both from Moda. I thought they went well together. This is now 11 x 12 rows making it finish at about 44 x 48 – after shrinkage from washing and drying it should be around 42 x 46 at least if not a little smaller. I will be machine quilting it on my Juki.
A close up of some of the colors. I want to mainly distribute the darker four patch blocks a little more so they are not clustered up too much – I could also rearrange completely and have the four patch create more of an X in the quilt. And I will be trying that out before sewing the rows together. I was asked how long has this top taken to make as it seems like I have put hours and hours in it already. I started working on it June 15th and did not work every day at it, when I did work on it I most likely spent about 1 to 2 hours – 3 times a week? something like that I would expect I could go back through the blog and see when I posted about it as those were the days I worked on it. I am not super fast at machine sewing and I did a lot of pressing too – the seams are pressed open as they are such small blocks.
Handful of Scraps just pinned to the wall – the upper portion is what I have been working on for my hand stitching the last couple of days – working on the neutrals right now. This one also I was asked how I am constructing it – I do your regular thread basting to papers and using a whip stitch to connect. You can use a clip of any sort to hold pieces together if you need to – once you get the hang of it just holding your pieces together with your fingers works out well. The hexies are 7/8’s inch.
And Wagon’s West from almost nightly quilting sessions – I pretty much quit by 9 PM lately so I can go out to the porch and enjoy the darkness that brings the heat to a much more comfortable level.
This area to continue work on last night after I took the photos.