I finally felt like I had enough variety to put some more blocks together and I knew I needed 16 (it was 17 but I found one in my sewing room.) So I used my little blocks I’m been making and put them together into new, larger four-patches to make 8″ finished blocks. I laid it all out and discovered that I needed two more blocks! So my final block count for Sunday was 18 large blocks and one 1/4 unit block that I made as my new leader/ender project block. (If you’re not familiar with leader/enders, check out Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville webside www.quiltville.com and be sure to find out about her new mystery quilt while you’re there!)
On Monday, I knew I should start putting rows together but by the time the trick or treaters were gone I was worn out! This was the first time I haven’t gone out with one of my girls but I was still coughing and hacking and sometimes discretion is the better part of valor. So I made these five little blocks instead.
On Tuesday, I decided that the whole quilt layout was even numbers and I could tackle the construction by making (you guessed it!) even bigger four-patches! So I picked up a set of blocks and made these big blocks and one little block – the little block was just the outcome of using pieces as the leaders and enders.
I decided I couldn’t let one poor four-patch go unsewn in that row so I made one more. I’m not sure why it’s easier for me to put this quilt together in smaller units. I think it may be because I usually sew the entire top together in one or two sittings when I start doing rows and I’m enjoying trying a slower approach!
On Wednesday, I was so tired (did I mention I’m still on antibiotics for a respitory infection? I’m not usually such a wimp!) that I only made one large four-patch and then I took my sorry self to bed before 10 pm!
Thursday, I made the next block for the block of the month but I’m setting it into a separate post and it will be up today!
So, I’m off the the beach this weekend with my husband and I decided that a girl needs to bring along a few necessities….my featherweight, my batik blocks (and maybe border fabric), a small cutter and mat and perhaps a bit of hand work….after all, it’s a mini vacation, right?