Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sacagewea Sampler Update

Hello out there!  Is anyone still listening?  How did I have time to blog and have so much to blog about and now nothing??   I started down the slippery slope of Instagram and my blog had withered away.  Kind of like my lawn these days.  I'm not complaining, but geez, can we get some moisture in the Pacific NW? 

OK onto quilting, that's what this blog is supposed to be about. 

I'm still poking along on my Sacagawea Sampler by Minnick and Simpson.  Here is an appliqued block I started Dec 8th, 2014. How can I remember that?  Because I prepped it in a frantic moment when I realized I didn't have anything to do on a 6 hour plane trip Dec 9th!    I  have finally got everything stitched down and all the Mark B Gone, thankfully, washed out with a quick bath in cold water.

Next up is the Lone Star block.  Thank goodness I have made one of these before and that I know how to set in Y seams.  Good luck on getting this block done with the lack of instructions in the pattern.  Truly not for an inexperienced quilter.  I love this block, I can envision a whole quilt of Lone Stars.............. Not!

Next up is the Basket block.  Yet again, the directions are a major fail for this block.  I'm referring to the borders.  I hand pieced the zigzags and then machine pieced them to the center strip.  Pinning very carefully ensured that this block turned out.  I shall not be making the second block that has the same border.  I've never been one to repeat less than relaxing blocks.

And in no particular order, here are the 9 finished blocks I have so far.  I'm LOVING this sampler, and I've been using mostly Clermont Farms by Minnick and Simpson.  My background is French Vanilla by RJR.  Kind of hard to find, I buy it by the bolt from the warehouse when I purchase my rolls of batting and other longarm supplies.  Yes, I'm still doing LONGARM quilting, email me if you would like me to help get some of your tops into quilts!

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of blogland.  If you Instagram, you can follow me at #grassrootsquilting

Keep on stitching,


Janet O. said...

Your blocks are beautiful.
It is too bad when instructions are so vague that only the very experienced can work it out.

audrey said...

Wow! This is looking wonderful! I'm not one to want to repeat super difficult blocks either.:) Looks like you made it work out very well though!

ES said...

I love the horses!! And it's all looking dab! Keep on blogging :)

Nancy said...

It's good to hear from you. My blogging has really started to suffer also and I don't have Instagram to's because I just don't seem to have the time anymore.

Brandie said...

I love your fabric choices! And I really love that smaller Lone Star. I would be crazy enough to make a quilt of them.
Good luck with the blogging, I get it, my suffers also.

Sue said...

Love your sampler Sharon. I know how tricky those Lone Stars are - I've only made one. haha! :-)Great horses by the way.

Sharon said...

Your sampler blocks are beautiful! But that sampler doesn't look like it's for the faint of heart, especially with less-than-adequate directions. Yikes! Good for you for sticking with it!

I know what you mean about blogging . . . it seems to be harder and harder to find the time to do it. But I still enjoy it when I do post, and I enjoy your posts also. Hope you'll stick with it, if only sporadically.

Nifty Quilts said...

Your blocks are beautiful! I haven't started with instagram. Afraid it would be a slippery slope for me too.

Lori said...

Awesome Sharon! They look really good. Love the one with the zig zag border. Too bad the directions are awful.

Karen said...

I am in love with your blocks! Well done and good progress.