I promised to show you my progress


Yesterday, I promised to show you my progress on the canning season quilt. 

I haven’t sewn quite as much as I’d hoped this week, and I still have a long way to go, but I’ve gotten a little more done. There are now seventeen block sections, which counts up to four and 1/4 blocks. Out of a bunch. At this point I can’t remember how many sections I need to make, but it doesn’t matter, I’ll just keep sewing until I don’t have any pieces left. Remember, I’m making my version of this differently than Shelly made hers. Mine will be queen-sized and, as you might see, is scrappy, rather than color-isolated. I really love it both ways!

There are lots of steps with this one. I am making 2-1/2″ half-square triangles using the eight-at-a-time method that Shelly details here. I like this method a lot and use it often. I thought about using triangles on a roll for this part, but there would have been all those papers to tear off and I would still have had to trim.

This stack still needs to be cut into eighths, pressed, and trimmed. But after these, I’m done with that part.
Except for these, which I still have to trim.

Since there are many steps, it’s a good quilt for me. I get bored really quickly if I have to do the same thing over and over without anything else to do. So I have that stack above to cut up still, and then a bunch to trim. But I’m already sewing, as you’ve probably figured out.

The “kitty.” These are all the fabrics I am working with. And these are all trimmed and ready to go.

There are piles of fabric at each of my spots. The “kitty” is on the table next to my machine, so I can just grab sets and sew them together. Then, of course, there are two stacks on my cutting table: the squares that need to be cut up and the triangles that need to be trimmed. And, there are all sorts of stacks on my ironing board, triangle-to-triangle, triangle-with-square-on-the-left, and triangle-with-square-on-the-right. At some point, I will have to stop piecing at random and actually work out what goes where, but for now, it’s all good. As long as I piece half of the squares to the right, and half to the left, I will be in good shape.

I’ll probably finish all the triangle cutting and trimming today. With almost 1,300 in this quilt, you can see why I’ve had to break up the processes, right?

So far, I’m loving what I’m getting. I am so excited to get this one all pieced! Yes, it is taking me a long time, but bear with me!

What are you working on this week? I can’t wait to hear about it!


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  • Wendy Tuma

    Oh my — it’s as pretty as I thought it would be! Love it! (You know what I’m working on, still.)

    • Thank you, Wendy! I think you are probably closer to a finish than I am. Can’t wait to see yours done!