As we all continue through this very trying time in our lives, I thought I'd get back into a bit of blogging. This project has been in the works for at least 4 years. This is a sampling of the 81 blocks that I have finished.
It all started when I saw a 16 patch blue and white quilt at a guild presentation. Somehow mine turned into a 49 patch. One by one, the squares got cut and sewn together. No strata's were used in the making of these blocks.
My rows of 7 blocks were together and I had four bundles left to sew into blocks. A light spray of Magic sizing and the blocks were pressed.
Here is my TIP. After pressing your blocks, clean up the threads that are between the seams. Sometimes its a frayed thread from the fabric and someitmes it's a thread from sewing. Some of them can be very hazardous when getting your quilt longarm quilted. If the hopping foot catches on a thread that is sewn into the seam, it can cause havoc. Here is a freshly pressed block.
Before I packed up all 81 blocks, I scratched out the measurements for the sashing fabric, corner posts, backing and binding. Fabric for sashing will be purchased from my LQS when they open up. Yes, I could order online, but that online store doesn't have a meeting room for my stitch group to meet, or a room to rent for my retreat group. Shop local and keep your quilt shop LOCAL. The backing needs 9.75 yards and I have a bolt of solid cornflower blue that has 10 yards on it.