What I’m Working On…

It has been rainy here in NE Iowa and that means I can’t do much outside. I did sneak out to mow the lawn but other than that, I’ve been in the house…so I got caught up on housework…and that means I had time to SEW!!!!!! It’s been a bit since I had a really good sewing session. I got one!

I started out the way I start every week…those Tiny Nine Patch Challenge blocks. 22 more were added to stacks this week.

I think I’m getting to the point where I might start assembling them so I can decide how many more I want to make.

Then I decided it really was time to get this quilt top together. It’s been percolating for several years…over 10 actually. It really is past time.

Last week I worked on the borders. This week I told myself all I had to do was something. It didn’t matter what I did…just something. So I did something really easy. I cut some sashing and started sewing the blocks into rows. I told myself good job and was going to quit. Then I saw it was still raining so why not do a little more.

I did some more cutting and made the corner setting triangles.

Then I threw caution to the wind and just went for it. This top needs to get done.

I got the side-setting triangle blocks sewn. Then I started assembling.

Here is how far I got. I have another row of five blocks to add and a row with seven blocks plus the sashing. Fingers crossed I can do that next week. WHEW! I am finally feeling better about this quilt.

While I had some time I quickly cut out a quilt that I will donate to a fundraiser. There is a benefit at the end of August. They raise money to help families in our local area who come upon tough circumstances. They raise a lot of money and it is so helpful. My daughter Kelli got money from them when the twins were born early and she was traveling back and forth to be with them at the hospital. I think they gave her $750 and it was so appreciated and helped so much with gas and expenses.

Anyway, it’s going to be another Iowa Hawkeyes quilt. I came up with a variation for a disappearing nine-patch quilt. It’s not hard to make.

I only need to make 20 big blocks like this and then cut them in four. I’ll explain it all a little more once I get a little further on the quilt. For now if anyone wants to sew along with me…you need 160 5 x 5 inch squares and 20 neutral 5 x 5 inch squares. Sew them together as nine patch blocks making sure there is a white square in the middle. You could use a layer cake for this…or your scraps.

I made these blocks and sewed some strips for my new week of Tiny Nine Patch blocks as leader and enders while I was sewing my quilt top together. I had three projects going on at once…typical me.

I do want to get the quilt for the fundraiser finished long before I need it. I always feel better when I’m ahead vs behind.

That’s what I was busy with in the sewing room. My Hawaiian Sunset quilt is getting far enough along that I’m already starting to consider what I’ll pull off the UFO list next.

17 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…”

  1. Eeek! I’m so excited to see your Hawaiian Sunset quilt coming together. I’ve had my eye on this one every time you’ve made your UFO list haha!

  2. I’m so proud of your progress!!! I could not envision how to get the setting triangles into that quilt, but you managed it beautifully. Your accomplishments inspire me. As soon as school is out, I am going to tackle some of my own unfinished projects.

  3. I am going to play along and make a disappearing 9 patch quilt too! Thanks for the inspiration! I have all kinds of charm packs that need to get used up. I think I will make mine scrappy with a teal center.

  4. Love how the Hawaiian Sunset quilt is coming along! The colors are gorgeous!
    And I’m really interested in how you’re going to work with those tiny blocks!
    Love and prayers

  5. Great progress Jo. I have been thinking about making the Hawaiian Sunset. I’ve been collecting my fabric but got hung up on the navy blue. Love your choice. Would you share the line and/or maker? Your quilt is beautiful!

  6. That Hawaiian Sunset quilt is stunning.
    Reading about other people’s progress reminds me I’ve got a QOV to finish very soon along with various other half completed projects.

  7. I’m gonna join your disappearing nine patch project. I have several charm packs I really need to use. I like that I won’t have to cut anything initially to start sewing! I may be making baby quilt size for donations. Excited to start! Thanks, Jo!

  8. Oh my! Hawaiian Sunset pattern bought. You talked me into it haha!! Thanks Jo!! Yours is gorgeous and thanks for sharing!!

  9. So much progress on all projects. I’m amazed how much you accomplished on the Hawaiian Sunset and it is looking very pretty. I am sure it won’t take you long to complete the disappearing nine patch and anxious to see completed top. I made my disappearing nine patch using one of your patterns for it.

  10. Your Hawaiian Sunset quilt is coming along, and I look forward to seeing it all together. I have lots of charm packs, so I may follow along on what you do with those 9 patches, love an easy quilt.

  11. Susan from Michigan

    It is amazing how far you got on your Hawaii sunset quilt. I am so impressed. All I’ve done so far is collect a few of the fabrics. Also that’s a great idea to have a charity quilt ready early. Congratulations on your progress Jo!

  12. Kudos for your perseverance on three projects in one sewing session. You got so much accomplished. And, those wheels in your head are already spinning in anticipation of what may be next. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us with your achievements.

  13. High fives for helping friends and neighbors when they need it ! I wish more communities did this. Disappearing 9 patch is one of my favorite patterns and I’m looking forward to seeing your donated quilt.

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