Thickets and Butterflies

Finished up the Thicket Quilt top this past week.  Simple blocks and grid pattern.  The blocks are first made large, 5″ x 5″, then cut down to 4 1/2″ square.  The trick is off-centering the the middle square of the block with a square cutting ruler.  I want to try this technique for a scrappy batik quilt one day.  It makes the design look more random and less rigid, and really works well with these graphic prints. IMG_2021

I started machine stitching around the butterfly blocks I put together last week.  I’m using a simple blanket stitch around the pieces, the thread is Superior Rainbows.  I like the short color segments of this thread, they blend especially well with the batiks.  I’m still ruminating on a setting for these blocks, but nothing on paper yet.  I booted up my EQ7 the other day to figure out the amounts of setting and sashing I needed for the Farmers Wife quilt.  Lots of green rectangles and mini squares, I am doing 2″ sashings in apple green for a straight set, not on the diagonal like the original.  Boring sewing, I need a new book to listen to while accomplishing that task.

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Up for todays project are towels. Yay?  I promised a good friend that I would embroider some shop towels for her husband.  They just built him a large shop on their property, she got her garage back and he has a place to spread all his tools and projects.  When I offered to do these towels, I was thinking 3 or 4, but she dropped off a dozen.  Most of the designs are simple outlines and sayings, still it should take the better part of the day.  Good thing they are close friends LOL.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday.

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