Good morning! How are things with you this fine Monday morning? I got a few things done this weekend. Here's my wrinkly looking Splendid Sampler block. Kimberly Jolly desgined this block for us and she's got a sweet story behind it that you can read about over at the Jolly Jabber. Then head over and download your block, just in case you haven't yet. I had lunch with a friend this past week, and we talked a bit about sewing. I'm going to try out her advice for lengthening my stitch a bit, maybe that will cure my problems with pulling. I've tried the starching, and also pressing my seams open, nothing seems to really work for me. Well I should say work for me consistently. So I'll just keep chugging along. I'm in persuit of a good looking flat block like I see so much of online, but you know what, if I can't get it, it's not going to stop me from sewing and enjoying myself.
Also on my agenda was trying out this star. Way way back when I first started quilting Alex Anderson had a wonderful quilt she was teaching at the shop I worked at, it was a 54-40 or fight quilt. At that time there were no readily available templates like there are now, and if there were, I didn't know about them because you know, the internet was in it's infancy. You could just hop on and Google triangle in a square template an find a bunch of stuff. I mean it's like it was the dark ages for pete's sake!
I ordered up this great die from Sizzix. I like that it has not only the isosceles triangle, it also has the right triangles to turn it into a triangle in a square. The points are trimmed already which makes lining them up a breeze. And while I'm pretty sure I have several rulers that I could do this with, I'm in love with the accuracy with the die cuts and how easy it is to line them up. I couldn't be happier with how fast it was.
I've been toying with the idea of a navy and green quilt.. I've seen a lot of that combination lately in fashion and in quilts, so maybe I'll go that direction. Here's a few things I've saved on Pinterest. But navy kind of sets me down the more patriaotic path so there's red, then I just can't help but add yellow and before you know it's all the PamKittyColors at once. So before I start cutting I'm playing around on Photoshop to see what I like. What do you think?
Ok, that's it for today! Tell me what you're up to! Have a great week! xo