Monday, December 03, 2012

Second step down Easy Street

Just counted out my last stack of 4-patches and I only need to make 4 more!  Why does the count always come out differently before going through the sewing machine to after being pressed?  I mean how can I lose blocks during a 5 foot walk?

Anyway, I also have a good start on step two...about halfway there.  I sew a bit slower on flying geese...I press a bit slower too.  I have now burned three of the fingers on my left hand...what a klutz!  These are some small geese though so I expect to have toasted digits until these are finished!

I am really happy with the purples.  When they were all piled up as fat-quarters and yardage I wasn't  sure if there was enough values and patterns.  When I see the pile of smaller pieces I feel better about it!

When I'm not working on Easy Street I have been trying to get some Christmas decoration out.  Hoping that will get me in the Christmas Spirit!  I've used this quilt as part of my decorations for the past dozen years of so.  It is a 9-patch on point, circa 1880 from Pennsylvania.  It looks great hanging on the wall behind the Christmas tree.

16 comments:

Susan in FL said...

Good work! I'm enjoying Easy Street too though I'm not quite finished with all the geese. Happy Sewing.

Kathie said...

wow another nine patch , lancaster blue in the blocks are those greys and blacks? mourning prints with a solid red oh just beautiful
Kathie ...

judith lockhart said...

You make me laugh about the difference in the pieces going under the needle and coming out the other side!! Your variety of fabrics helped me to not stay quite so close to the paint chips! Having fun with Easy Street!

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

I count mine as I press, and stack them accordingly. You need to get yourself some of those fingertip protectors. They look like you cut off the fingers of a glove, but they are heat resistant.

She said...

You need to buy a heat proof hairdresser glove - $7 at Sally Beauty Supply (by Walmart). Hairdressers use them with curling irons, but they also keep you from burning your hand when ironing!
Sheila

Gypsy Quilter said...

Wow, you're making great progress. Please use a wooden dowel when pressing so you don't burn your fingers.

The Civil War Quilter said...

I love a good Nine patch quilt. Wish you'd shown it with your Christmas decor. I'll bet it makes an impact. Your poor fingers! At least you have seven good ones left! :0

Mego said...

Good job on your 'purples'. Just finished the geese...and I TOTALLY get the 'how can I LOSE a few' on the way to the ironing board? I recounted and I was missing GEESE? HUH? Oh well I still had it all out so........

Sue said...

Love that nine patch for the holidays. Oh so pretty.

I have to take my time when making flying geese as well, but in the end, I do believe it's worth it:)

Merry Christmas!

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Looking Great!

Mary Ellen said...

I can't count, either. As I press them, I stack them in bundles of 1 and stick a straight pin through each bundle to keep them together. Makes it easy to keep track.

Good tip from the reader about the glove at Sally's Beauty Supply. That makes two things I can get there now, so maybe I will make a trip this afternoon.

Mary Ellen said...

Okay,that post should read "bundles of 10".

Tonya Ricucci said...

any way you can blame Brownie for the missing (never miscounted surely) blocks? heh heh. love the fabrics you're using.

sewkalico said...

Well done on your Easy street! I would love to start esp. with the purples (still no grey LOL).
That red 9-patch is superb!

Merilyn said...

Love purples, look forward to seeing all your small pieces sewn together into a quilt top! Your Christmas quilt is quite something as well, have always loved Christmas looking quilts and hope to make one someday......

Sandra B said...

The purples look great against the black/white. Love your antique quilt too.