Well, we finally received some – SOME – measurable rain but very little. Things are very peaceful and quiet this month! YEA. Just having my right thumb operated on along with a carpal tunnel release on the 12th of June. If the CTS release works on the right hand he will do the left hand – maybe I will begin to be able to do some hand quilting by August. That would be nice since my new Grace frame is just sitting patiently waiting and waiting. (might be a long wait) Just think, no cooking, washing dishes, etc for at least 10 days. Think I could figure out a better way to get out of doing the household chores!
On the quilting front. I wanted to catch up on a few things before the surgery and I have finished preparing 4 of the BAS Ms Potts blocks this last week. They are ready for appliqué when I can start working my right hand. Most of Ms Potts leans toward a different style appliqué block than this one. So I changed it and made it a little easier to appliqué by enlarging the flowers. I may add some else to the block, but not at this time.
Block 37 Ms Potts
Revised Block 37 (First Cut)
I am sure I will not be doing hand work for a while, so I decided to select a pattern that I could cut out now for machine piecing. I am sure that I will be able to do that because they told me that I could start typing after the first week. So, I decided on OMIGOSH by Sue Garman. I studied the pattern and tried making the double nine patch in reproductions and one in batiks. My goal was to make one of the Shoo-Fly and the Double Nine patch blocks that make up the quilt to see if I enjoyed the process. This quilt is labor intensive and deals with 2″ (unfinished) 9 patches and 2″ (unfinished) 4 patches in a square in a square setting. The finished blocks are 5″ unfinished! Well, I think I have changed my mind on this one too, at least this year. I made a few of the 2″ 9 patches and decided to see about enlarging them all the way up to a 2 3/4″ unfinished 9 patch.
Left to Right – 2″, 2 1/4″, and 2 3/4″ 9 patches (unfinished)
Then I made a Double 9 Patch block using the 2 3/4″ 9 patches – I did not like this one at all and I am sure that it would not have the same outcome to the quilt as Sue envisioned when she designed the quilt pattern.
Double 9 Patch Block – 7″ unfinished, 6 1/2″ finished. 1 1/2″ larger than the original block in the OMIGOSH pattern.
Well, I could not give up, so I tried to make the 2″ unfinished 4 patch in a Square in a Square setting. But this time I enlarged the pattern by 1/4″. I did try to go back and make a 2″ 9 patch using batiks – but what a mess – never finished making the Shoo Fly block! I was done!
The 4 Patch for the Shoo Fly Block – did not work out!
So my thoughts turned to two quilt patterns that I knew would turn out accurately and that I would enjoy making with no-stress. I had started on Gathering Scraps and Alexander’s Bean Pot last year. Julie Letvin from Me and My Stitches is a neat lady and Carol Hopkins has 3 books out on Civil War Legacies that I love dearly. Both of these designers are great in writing their patterns. I also have some 3 1/2″ stars left over from Robin’s Nest and decided to make some 3 1/2″ churn dash blocks and come up with a quilt pattern that works! Julie and I had met over the Internet and I visited her booth in Dallas in March. I really do like her quilt patterns. Here is a picture of the quilt and she has a lot more on her web site. I may do a combination of my stars, churn dashes and the alternating block from Gathering Scraps to make a neat reproduction quilt! I am going to use a mixture of Richmond Reds, Union Blues and one other line from Barbara Brackman. But for the time being, I love sewing these little blocks and will have plenty cut out to make while I am in a “limited” quilting status.
Gathering Scraps by Julie Letvin
Now for something different. I love the old western movies to escape from all the ills of this world. This week-end we watched The Tall Man with Clark Gable and Jane Russell. I bet I have watched this movie 4 times in the past and remember the beautiful quilt. I found this picture on the internet and wanted to share it with all. The quilt has 4 large blocks and appears to be a Coxcomb block with leaves and stems. Someday I am going to make this quilt!
Jane Russell from The Tall Man with “The Quilt”
If anyone happens to know if there is a pattern out there in the quilt world for this quilt that would be great! But it would be easy to replicate to some extent. I know that the quilt had some meaning, because Jane Russell kept that quilt with her throughout the entire movie!
I hope that everyone has a great Monday. It is summer time and may as well get used to it here in South Texas. I am just hoping that Fall does come and comes early and winter is winter this year! Until next time. Happy Stitching!