Thursday, June 21, 2018

June Update

Well, I missed the mid-month update again, but the month isn't over yet, so here goes....
Last week I attended the Minnesota Quilter's show--so many wonderful and inspiring quilts....not to mention the vendors, of course. I tried to use a lot of restraint, but when my friend Sandi B. pointed out the Blue and White book for 50 percent off in the Sew Cherished booth, I had to have it. I've been resisting buying this one for months, so I think it was meant to be. And I only picked up 2 1/2 yards of fabric for the stash--amazing! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen these. I'm having such a great time making these 4" x 5" blocks.

The block on the left is number 100 of the 182 blocks in The 4" x 5" Quilt-Block Anthology.

I finished these 15 blocks last night--only 67 more blocks to go! 

I've been using Aurifil thread almost exclusively on my HQ16--she seems to like it--lol!
 I broke down and purchased a real thread color chart, as it's so difficult to choose colors on-line or from the Aurifil paper color chart for ordering. (FYI: there is a very good color chart at Follow That Thread HERE).
 I'm very happy with this purchase--it's been very helpful. 

No worries!
My June One Monthly Goal has been finished for a while--all will be revealed soon! 
You can see from the previous photo that I use an old plastic card to help with my seam allowance. I use this stuff on the back of the card. I like it because you can easily re-position it for a larger or smaller allowance, rinse it off when it loses it's grip and it's good to go again.

Don't tell anyone--I just couldn't face having a quilt on my lap when it's been so hot, so I machine closed my binding on Jamestown landing....and I don't feel bad about it at all--! 
 Not only has Blogger made life more difficult, we have been having terrible (and extremely annoying) issues with our internet connection. We replaced our modem today and while activating it, found that our router also needs to be replaced. Apparently four year old hardware is beyond obsolete! Hopefully things will be straightened out soon. 
Thanks for reading and know that even if I haven't been able to reply, I appreciate your comments! 


  1. I use those Scotch restickable tabs too but I didn't know you could rinse them off and use them again. I will definitely try that since I have been throwing them away. Thanks for the tip!

  2. I love all your blocks. Great tip with the restickable tabs. I agree about too hot to have a quilt in your lap to sew the binding. It looks good. Hugs

  3. It makes sense that you would be drawn to a book with blue & white quilts.
    I have been debating whether I would actually use the anthology book. I am drawn to the rectangular block style when I see a display of them on the blogs.
    I just added you to my Instagram feed. I am slowly adding others. I have not posted anything myself.

  4. It's always fun to see what you've been working on each month. Thanks for the idea of the restickable tabs. I've used other things in the past. Good find on the blue and white book and fabulous rectangle blocks.

  5. Karen...thank you so much for sharing the sticky tabs and card technique for seam guidance. I will pick some up and try it. Your workmanship is beautiful. Sending blessings your way.

  6. Yes, thanks for sharing about the tabs.
    And I definitely need to get a thread chart!!
    You are being so consistent with the Anthology blocks. I am impressed. They look really good!
    No judgement from me on the machine binding. :)

  7. Fun with Barb has a Blogger email fix on her blog.

  8. Wow - I salute your patience and skill with the 4" x 5" blocks!

  9. Beautiful purchases Karen and I love the blocks you are working on! Sorry to hear about the technical issues.... hope they are soon fixed! Christine x

  10. I've not seen that tip to use the tabs before, or even knew they existed. Thanks,