Yesterday I woke up with a long list of things I had hoped to get to. I’ve had all of Memorial Day weekend with no plans and it’s been BLISS. I’ve had plenty to do so it’s a not a “sit and watch Netflix” kind of weekend but a planting and painting kind of weekend. I did decide on Sunday morning before I got all dirty with dirt or paint that I should take a second and do something in the sewing room. Yes, it’s still not all back in place yet.
It’s been so long since I’ve done much sewing that I didn’t remember what I was working on…..sad I know. I did have a pile of things that needed to go back into the UFO cabinet. On top of the pile was this…
It’s been quite awhile since I’ve touched it so I reviewed the note (because of course I made it bigger) and didn’t know how much bigger I made it. For those of you who don’t know, this is Bricks in the Barnyard. It’s a Bonnie Hunter pattern found in her book Scraps and Shirttails II.
The original in the book was mostly made with recycled shirt fabrics….Mine isn’t. I had an overflowing bucket of 2 1/2″ scraps that needed attention so many went into these blocks. The original quilt needed 80 blocks in an 8 x 10 setting. I decided on a 12 x 12 setting so I needed to make 64 blocks more..that’s close to DOUBLE more blocks.
The pattern suggests sewing it together in rows. I’ve learned that I really prefer sewing quilts together in shorter rows and then into quadrants. I’m not dealing with the heavy long rows that way. Of course this method isn’t for everyone for it’s one I like. The colors in the photo are a little dull compared to what it looks like in real life.
That means the center of the quilt is 1/4 of the way sewn together. YAHOO!!
I did get the string blocks that I finished last week squared up and the papers pulled.
You can find me back here next week. I am guessing that a lot of sewing will no have been done. We have the big sale at White Barns this weekend and we are still not ready. I’m loving it so far. Hopefully we’ll have a successful sale and make it all worth while.