Scrappy 16-patch is done and Other Sunday Stuff

Knowing that we would have a very rainy afternoon today, I had a nice sleep in, a good breakfast with coffee and then took the boys out for a six mile walk. It was sunny and glorious and it was wonderful to get out. There were so many people out walking. We have a really rainy spell coming up and people around here tend to take advantage of a day when it’s not raining.

When I got home I dug in on finishing up my 16-patch quilt top. It was my goal to get it done this weekend and I’m glad I can check off that box! I’m counting this as my first finish of 2021.

I’m always glad to finish a quilt top because that final assembly is not my favorite part of making a quilt. But I knew that if I didn’t get it done, it would sit around for awhile.

Then I dug in and cut all the strips I need for my blue sixteen patch quilt and paired up fabrics for all the blocks. I just love this initial part of making a quilt. Once you get the fabrics cut you can see how it looks in smaller pieces and how the pieces play together.

That’s 36 sets of strips. Each set of two fabrics will make two blocks. My plan is to make this quilt 8 blocks by 9 blocks, which sill be a nice size throw. The one I just finished is 9 blocks by 10 blocks. For a throw, it doesn’t need to be that big.

I’m really excited about the fabrics I selected.

I’ve decided I want to do a little work each week on the scrappy sunburst half log cabin quilt now that I want it to be a queen size quilt. So I made six blocks tonight after I cut the blue fabrics. I have no idea how many blocks it will take. I need to do some cyphering to get organized.

And if that wasn’t enough productivity today, I folded up a growing pile of KFC fabrics that I’ve purchased recently and which has been sitting on my sewing table, sort of getting in the way. I’m going to have to reorganized my fabric drawers because there just isn’t enough room for all of this in the existing set up.

I’ve decided to enter Rico in a sheep herding trial at the end of January. He’s been doing really well in lessons and it’s time to see how he will handle a trial setting. I’m sure he will be a champ. I’m guessing I’ll be a nervous wreck! I just hope I don’t embarrass him.

He’s such a good and sweet boy. Look at him… he loves his mama!

6 Replies to “Scrappy 16-patch is done and Other Sunday Stuff”

    1. Bender started out training in agility, but shortly before he turned three he started having seizures and was diagnosed as epileptic. It took us a full year to get his seizures under control. Later this month he will be four years seizure free! That’s fantastic and some dogs can’t be controlled. But the medications make him very high and overly excited, so it’s difficult for him to be sensible enough to train and compete. He doesn’t do any herding because he just wants to bite the sheep, but he does get to do a little agility now and again.

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  1. Seeing all this Kaffe fabric in one post is just so happy. Great colors to work with on rainy days. Seeing how much you accomplish in your available sewing time makes me want to do more sewing than I’ve been doing lately. I have a healthy stash of Kaffe’s and I should be using them. Thanks for all todays inspiration!

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    1. I can be sort of obsessive when I get going on something. . . and determined. All those years with Jack Russells, probably. I get in a groove and can be really productive. And then I might not sew for days. It has it good and it’s bad points. And I love having a stash of fabric. It’s so fun to go “shopping” in my sewing room!

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    1. Thanks Wanda! And thanks for your tutorial! It helped make these blocks go together so beautifully. Also, thanks for your advice on selecting my blue fabrics. I can’t wait to start making blocks and seeing how all those fabrics work together!

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