Sunday, May 5, 2024


Blocks are now left set up beside my sewing machine when I leave my cave for the day.  When I return, I am able to get right to stitching.  Not having to prep to get ready to sew.  (Why didn't I start this years ago.)  

The three blocks below took me about one hour and 15 minutes to stitch.  A 6-inch nine-patch block, a 10-inch potato chip block and a 16-inch potato chip block.   

The nine patch works as a leader ender when stitching the chip blocks.  62 nine-patch are made and squared up.  150 are needed for the nine-patch quilt that is in my mind.  All are made from left over bits.  

The potato chip blocks are stitched in assembly line fashion.  Fat quarters, ones that I don't know what to do with, are being cut up and used.  The quilts will be super scrappy everyday quilts.  Both will be about 80 X 90 inches in size, maybe 90 X 90.  24 of the 10-inch blocks have been made and at least 72 will be needed.  When I first began the larger chip block (of which I need at least 25), I was trimming them square and trimmed to 16.25 as I didn't think I could do 16.5.  I don't have a ruler that big so was hoping that they were trimmed square.  They are not quite.  So, a new ruler has been ordered and I will wait for it to arrive before any further trimming.  The four blocks that have been trimmed; I will turn into a table runner.

I am enjoying this easy piecing, stitching.  Not having to match anything.  It is rather freeing and joyful.  

I am back to working on Little Blocks 365 from Sentimental Stiches.  These are foundation paper pieced.  I have 225 made.  Maybe 200 of them have already been stitched together with their sashing.  I will have to take the flimsy out of its basket and show you with a picture.  

This block is one that was made to small.  I had to have done something wrong with talking to the printer.  The one on the left is 3.5-inches, the size I need.  The one on the right is 3.25 inches.  I am glad that I trim them square before they go into the basket for the quilt.  That is the only way that I caught this.  I have another to redo as it was printed on the same page.  The small one will be made into a pincushion.

The green and yellow block did not take too long to stitch up.  

The block below took me about one and a half hours to stitch up.  I think that may be why I stopped making these.  Some little blocks with all the bits take so long to make, a 3.5-inch block.  All that time for something so little.  I am finding if I add them on to the end of the three scrappy blocks, I have accomplished something.   

Today I will be working with my blocks and hope to work on some cross stitch later in the day.  It looks like an all-day rain.  Maybe I will do some picking up.  Oooooo, housework, that is pushing it.  Enjoy your threads today.

Linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.


  1. It is supposed to rain part of the day here also, so I will spend part of it at my sewing machine. I hate when blocks end up too small. I am having that problem recently. I am looking forward to seeing the quilts that you make with all of this pretty and interesting blocks.

  2. I love making scrappy crumb blocks. Potato Chip blocks are on my list of things to try! Boy, do I have the scraps to make that happen! LOL

  3. I love your scrappy blocks! So cheerful!