I took time over the weekend to make some progress on a small wall hanging I started earlier this year. Remember this little bird block? The last time I had him out was in April. Since the wall hanging is fall themed, I think I better move a little faster on this project!

bird block
Feathered Friends quilt kit

So I dug out the kit and cut the fabric needed to make the leaf blocks. These are 1-1/2″ unfinished HST’s. Wowzer, that is tiny!

Half square triangles that finish at 1".

The instructions wanted me to cut the squares for the HST’s at 1-7/8″ and assumed that after sewing them they would be a perfect 1-1/2″. Um, that never happens in my world especially with such tiny pieces…..so I cut the squares at 2-1/4″ and then trimmed the half square triangles to 1-1/2″ after I made them. I know some quilters don’t like to make pieces oversized and then trim but I do. That way I’m sure to have the correct size pieces for the blocks. After putting the leaf block together I decided I really don’t like working with such small pieces. I love the look of tiny piecing, I’m just not good at doing it. Hmm, maybe I need more practice! 🙂

I didn’t really like the green fabric that came with the kit so I dug through my small stash to see if I had a different fabric I could use. I found this beautiful piece of hand dyed fabric gifted to me by Julie of Pink Doxies. Just look at all the different shades of green in the fabric. Pure yumminess!

Hand dyed fabric

It’s absolutely perfect for the leaf block.

leaf block with hand dyed fabric

This one little block is all I managed to finish. t’s a baby step but it’s movement forward. It’s my very loose goal to have the wall hanging pieced by the end of the month. I have one more leaf block to make. All the pieces are ready, so it will only take a few minutes to put it together. And it looks like the pumpkin blocks won’t use as many pieces in them; I think I can reach my goal.

Now, what’s happening in the longarm studio you ask? Well, it’s been a busy week in there. I just finished a custom quilting job but can’t show it to you until the quilt is back with its owner. I’m excited for you to see it though – I really love how it turned out. Another custom quilt will be loaded today and hopefully I can get it finished in a few days. There’s lots of negative space to play in so that will be a lot of fun.

One of the quilts I can show you is Laura’s wedding quilt. There are signature blocks on the back of the quilt, and pieced blocks on the front so basically it’s a two-sided quilt. It was a bit of a challenge to get the top centered to the back and it’s certainly not perfect but I think it turned out okay. The important thing is that Laura was happy with it. Initially she asked for some custom quilting. After looking at the quilt top and back, we decided an all over design would be a better option. It just wouldn’t look right to have the front custom quilted with no control over how the back would look.

Today I’ll be doing some final prep work for the Razzleberry class I’m teaching tomorrow. I’m excited for it to start. I’ll also be starting the quilting on the next customer quilt. It’s going to be a busy week!

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