Longmeadow – Blocks 5&6



This month we have Blocks 5 and 6 the inner and outer border corners.

The inner border corner is the beautiful little blue sun block.  A perfect little hand-piecing project.   And the outer border corner is the little Rose of Sharon flourish.  You’ll need to make 4 of each pattern – 1 for each corner, of course.  I got turned on to hand-piecing by Linda Franz of Inklingo fame.  I saw her hand piecing video online somewhere years and years ago and was enthralled.  I bought the Quilted Diamonds 2 book and the hand-piecing DVD was included, so I studied it by watching it a half dozen times.  Hers is still my go-to method.  I use freezer paper templates, mark the lines on the back of the fabric and trim 1/4 inch away.  Match the seam lines and stitch, loading the needle with a few stitches, then backstitching before I load a few more stitches.  It’s good contemplative work and most enjoyable when something good is on the television, or I have a book to listen to.  Or even just a good album.  My family and I went antiquing the other day and I found a couple of old Doris Day albums that I immediately bought (for a whopping $6 for both).  I love, love, love!!! her voice.  I love her movies too, so maybe that’s what I’ll watch while I sit & stitch.

It’s cold blustery, rainy weather outside and cold inside as well.  We’re trying to cut back on our propane use as it’s so darn expensive.  Something we weren’t anticipating with our move out into the country.  But there’s space heaters for the bedrooms that keep us warm and toasty at night.  If we ever bought the house, we’d consider a wood-pellet stove to warm the house.  But for now, we’ll just use plain old electricity.  I remember ages ago that my parents had an electric blanket and I thought it was the most wonderful thing ever.  That was long before I knew what a quilt was.

I hope your safe, healthy and warm wherever you may be.