Blockdown Quilt – Part 43

March 7, 2022

we are rapidly approaching the end of this quilt. Well the end of the instructions at least. Those of us who meet each week to discuss our plans for the blocks will continue to meet but to sew. We are all quite a way behind and as life has opened up we have had less time to work on it. Our regular meeting on a Tuesday will let us carve out some time to progress. I do have some thoughts for more projects on the blog but we really want to finish this one first. I am also aware that supplies are likely to become more expensive and harder to get so maybe the next project will need to allow for recycled items or the fabrics we have that we really don’t like. Could be tricky but maybe also fun. Would you be interested in that sort of content? Assuming, and boy does it feel like a huge assumption right now, that the world settles down and life gets into another new rhythm I may look to do a monthly installment of whatever. To give people more time to work on it. I don’t know how other people feel at the moment, but I know I am struggling to plan a week ahead let alone further.

This week I have finally got my new longarm. It has been planned since I moved here, but for various reasons has taken time to actually happen. It is not yet fully set up. I hope before the end of the week to be playing on it. It is bigger than my current machine and will not only let me quilt bigger quilts but it will also mean I can have 2 on the go at a time. That opens up options for me to work on my own show quilts and to hopefully move complex customer quilts through quicker. It has a LOT of new features so there will be a learning curve, but it also resolves some of the issues I have with my current machine. Don’t get me wrong, I love the beast, but it does have a few annoying habits. Once I have it set up I will get some photos.

This week we are making the last of our 3″ blocks and our theme is scraps. By now I am sure you have a lot of odd strips and squares, maybe some triangles maybe some failed blocks. This is the time to try and repurpose them. Hopefully these blocks can do a lot of the clear up for us. It may also be an excuse to make that block with far too many pieces to be a 3″ or well I have a 3.5″ square left that will do for one. It all counts this week.

  • For the small quilt you will need 6 blocks and they will be orange positions 5-7,  and 13-15
  • For the medium quilt you will need 14 blocks and they will be orange positions 5-7, 13-15, 63-64, and 95-100
  • For the large quilt you will need 16 blocks and they will be orange positions 5-7, 13-15, 63-64, 95-100, 115, and 124

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