What I’m Working On…

I was busy this week and didn’t get a lot of sewing or stitching time in. I’ve been busy with old friends and making some new ones. All of that is way more important than crafting…all that to say, I didn’t accomplish much.

I was really concentrated on bumping the Iowa Hawkeyes quilt up the list of quilts to finish. I know some of you decided to join in on making some disappearing nine-patch blocks with me so I thought I better show you the design I came up with.

First off, let me show you the block. It’s 5″ squares sewn together as a nine patch.

Then cut the block in half vertically and again in half horizontally. This will create four 7″ x 7″ blocks.

Here you can see the cutting lines.

Next up I cut some 1 1/2″ white strips and a 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ square for the center of the block. Then I mixed and matched the 7″ blocks. This is how they will look once they are sewn together. I was going to start sewing blocks together but I didn’t have enough variety.

I like how they are going to look though.

I ended up sewing more blocks. I had to quit because I didn’t cut enough squares.

I have to cut about 5 more squares, then I can finish up all of the squares. You’ll need 20 of these all together.

Then I decided I am pretty low on Iowa Hawkeyes prints and I better try to buy some. I try to always keep some on hand so I can make a quilt for a benefit at the drop of a hat. That led me down a rabbit hole on the internet. I finally ordered some but I want to put a flannel on as backing…I didn’t find any yet. Hmm.

Then I ended up EQ trying to put a layout together. I realized I wanted a border on the quilt so more shopping for fabric.

Needless to say the internet sucked up my sewing time!! HA!!

So if you want to join me…jump in. It will be a quick and easy quilt to make…that is, if I ever get off the internet. HA!!

11 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…”

  1. What amazes me most is that you get to sew at all. I’m an English professor, and I know how time consuming writing can be. How do you manage the house, pets, family, cross stitching, blog posting, and still find time to create clever designs and sew them? You’re amazing!!!

  2. Judith Fairchild

    Good work on your quilt. You’re blessed to find matching fabrics. The Internet is fun sometimes.

  3. I am following along and pulled the fabric from charms. I can see what you did but the 11/2” and so forth is throwing me. What size is the center square?

    1. Helen Hewell

      Dear Holly, I think Jo meant 1 and 1/2 inches, not 11 and 1/2. In other words: 1.5 by 1.5 inch squares and 1.5 inch width strips for the sashes. I hope this helps.

  4. Susan from Michigan

    Now I want to make this quilt you’ve talked me into it. It looks like an easy, but interesting, quilt. I was at church yesterday and a friend had thyroid cancer surgery. They will test the other half of her thyroid and do iodine treatment. She is in her 80s. First thing I thought of was you, Jo.

  5. It helps to write fractions with a hyphen instead of a space. Like this:
    1-5/8 or 2-1/2
    You can also use decimals, but for some fractions, decimals are confusing. Where’s 1.625 on the ruler?

  6. A great pattern idea and it would go together quickly for a charity quilt. I have some wonderful charms squares and a hunny bun would be make it easier to finish. Thanks for sharing, I hope you find a flannel for the backing.

  7. Looks great- I’ve used that block in a few quilts. It’s fun – hope you’re feeling better and the storms are leaving you and your gardening alone. We used to live right near Elkhorn Omaha – just down the road…. Stay safe

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