Saturday, August 1, 2009

More Stars & Stripes

I started and finished the two Yankee Doodle Dandy blocks this week. And, no, I don't name these things. ;-)

They came out OK, not perfect in a couple spots but close enough. These are some of the most fiddly blocks I've done in a long time, or even ever. My personality is much more suited to fast strip quilting blocks, which is what I'll be doing to use up the leftovers if/whenever I finish these two Stars & Stripes projects. I will probably machine-quilt the wall hanging myself, but I'm already giving serious thought to paying for a long-arm quilter to quilt the big one.

So, here's where I am now. Only 2 blocks left for the wall hanging! I'm beginning to think I may get these both done by the end of the year.

I'm "forcing" myself to work on the applique eagle blocks next. The sewing part won't be hard. It's cutting out all those pieces — times two — that is making my eyes cross. For these, I'll be moving from the Featherweight to the D1 so I can use the buttonhole stitch on my D1 like I did for the previous appliqued blocks. I have to say, though, I'm really enjoying the simplicity and sturdiness of the little Featherweight and I'm glad it's part of the herd.

As for the rest of the weekend, my mind is a jumble and I haven't decided what to start. Analysis paralysis. Sigh.


  1. Just trace out the pieces onto Steam a Seam while watching TV.
    Then go to your ironing board and iron them onto the back side of your fabric.
    Then go back to the TV and cut them all out.
    SNAP. They're all done.

    Your wallhangings are going to be great. Especially after you buy that Rocketeer you've been drooling over. It will do a beautiful satin stitch. Ooops...did I just enable you (again)??? ;)


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