Vacation Ends, and a Bunch of Red Blocks Done

Today was my first day back at work after my vacation. I have to say that I prefer vacation.

But a new development. My friend was supposed to fly home on Tuesday. But she found out over the weekend that her husband has a rebound case of Covid, so she extended her visit until Monday.

Last week we drove four hours southwest to visit my brother and his wife. It was a great few days and I have a lot to share. But that will come later. Tonight, just a quick post to share that we finished the final four blocks for the red Fractured quilt yesterday. Tonight I squared them all up.

I just love squaring up blocks. I think it’s because it takes what can be a little wonky and messy and cleans it all up and makes it look precise and makes me look like an awesome sewest. And there is just something about that pretty little pile of fabric slivers that I just love.

After getting them all trimmed I sorted and stacked up the blocks so we could just get them up on the design wall tonight.

My friend put them all up on my design wall as I handed her the blocks. They all fit wonderfully on my retractable design wall. This will be a generous throw quilt… nice for napping on the sofa.

We still need to move a few things around, and then we’ll add a purple horizontal strip between each row of blocks (actually, I’m waffling on the strip!!! I’ll do some playing before I decide for sure to add it). When that’s all done we’ll tag team the sewing and pressing of these blocks. I feel confident that we’ll have this quilt top done before my friend leaves for home on Monday.

Here’s some pretty stuff to look at.

And one more, a little more close up. These fabrics… I mean, come on!!!

Yesterday my friend and I took a drive to McMinnville, Oregon, to visit a fabric store there that we like. They also have a sewing machine service center that my long arm quilter recommended to service my Featherweight. So I took the opportunity to talk to them about it and ended up leaving my machine with them.

They service a good number of Featherweights. There were two that I could see in their work area as I was talking to them. They also have a bunch displayed in their store.

I know a few of you will get a little excited when you see those gorgeous white Featherweights! They are so beautiful!

I should have my machine back in a couple of weeks. Then I’ll start on a special project made on that machine. More on that later.

While we were there we saw a quilt made from Australian Aboriginal fabrics that we really liked. I ordered the pattern since they were out of stock. And I bought another pattern that I liked. More on these later.

Here’s a wet dog who wouldn’t stay out of the sprinkler this evening.

26 Replies to “Vacation Ends, and a Bunch of Red Blocks Done”

  1. I think you’ll be happy you sent your featherweight in for servicing. Let the pros do it right. Make sure you have some oil and lubricant and know how to use it when you get it back.

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    1. Yup. I know myself well enough to know that I’m not built for all that kind of work. I have a friend who just purchased a Featherweight and did it all herself and loved every minute of it! She said she would have done mine if she lived closer.

      I’m happy with my decision to pay someone to do it. I’m just glad I found someone who has a good deal of experience with them!

      Anne

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    1. I cut them from fabric from my stash that I’ve had sitting in a bag for some time… wanting to make a red and purple quilt. You could easily make this from scraps, but you start with a 9×16 inch piece of each fabric you want to use.

      Anne

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  2. Your quilt is beautiful! I’m sorry to hear your friend’s husband has a rebound case of Covid but happy you and your friend can spend a bit more time together. It sounds as though you’ve had a fun and productive time during her stay,

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    1. It’s been fun having her here and really good for her. She’s been feeling very isolated and bored. she’s enjoyed getting out and about and being around people. I’m really glad it worked out and neither of us got sick. And her husband is doing well.

      Anne

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    1. The horizontal strip is less and less likely every time I look at these blocks on the design wall. It’s not 100% yet, but it’s getting close. Might have to take a poll on it!

      Anne

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  3. What beautiful reds and purple ❤️! The white featherweights are cute but have a shorter sewing bed and are hardwired, can’t remove the cords. The black and the beautiful tan ones are the same just different paint colors. Love my featherweights! Sweet Bender ❤️❤️❤️🤭

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    1. I wasn’t aware of the tan ones until I saw a video about them last week. I didn’t know that about the white ones. They sure are pretty!

      I would love to have mine painted. It’s a little beat up… even has some initials carved into it!!! Thinking it might be the initials of the friend who gave it to me! It’s pricey to have them painted.

      Anne

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    1. It’s a fun and quick pattern… especially if you have a friend doing all the pressing! And I’m leaning toward no strips. I really like it the way it is. I haven’t decided for sure yet, but it’s 80% right now.

      I might have to make another one with more variation in values in my fabrics. This is definitely red and the fabrics are all very similar.

      Anne

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  4. It’s great that your friend gets to stay a little longer but I am sorry about her husband having a relapse. Your quilt is stunning, I don’t think I’d add the strips but it’s your quilt, of course. I’m looking for design wall ideas, do you have a blog post about yours? Jan in MA

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    1. Here’s a blog post I made about building an additional design wall to go along side my retractable one. This post includes a link to a video of my retractable wall.

      I bought my retractable wall a few years ago when a friend of mine saw one at a quilt show in Utah. The company was out of California and shipped it to me. It hangs above my closet door and has two retractable flannel sheets that you can roll up, or you can just leave them both out, with different projects on each. You can also roll up a project in the design wall, although I don’t do that… it sort of makes a mess of the blocks. I like that it all stows away. My sewing room is a small spare bedroom and I don’t have walls to dedicate to a permanent design wall.

      https://agilejack1.com/2020/10/14/building-to-accommodate-my-next-make/

      Anne

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  5. That quilt shop in McMinneville is one of my favorites and they service my machines. I was just there for some birthday shopping this month. I have enjoyed following your blog and also live in Portland! Oh, and I always hesitate to give advice but was happy to see that you were already thinking your quilt didn’t need those sashing strips!!

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    1. Yeah. I’m feeling more and more like I won’t add the strips. But I’m not 100% sure yet.

      I haven’t been to the shop in McMinnville for a couple years. They’ve really changed the store. They have new racks and it feels like they have a lot more fabric. I was really happy to find people that have experience working on FEatherweights!

      Anne

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    1. I was thinking that exact thing. The more I look at this, the more I think the strips are a bad idea. I like the chevron pattern it has without the horizontal strips. Thanks for your input Wanda!

      Anne

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  6. Oh the wet doggie smell 😆!
    Bold, Beautiful and almost done red quilt! What a fun vacation you had and with a special and talented friend ❤️.
    Thank you for sharing your vacation fun 💕💕💕 as the saying goes … back to the old grind!

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  7. Anne, I look so forward to your new entries! It’s so nice to have visitors! Love the red and purple quilt. Reminds me somewhat of the Algorithm quilt you did in turquoise by GE Designs. I am looking forward to seeing the quilt done and what you do next! You are a true inspiration!!

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