Thursday, May 7, 2015

Another Rachel Meyer block and a few more finishes

For those of you that have been following my progress on my version of Rachel Meyer's quilt and wondering if I had given up, fear not, I have finally finished another block. I think this puts me at 8 of the 12 outside blocks complete. Slow going but at least it is progress. I do love this Pomegranate block with its fun little butterflies and the stylized pomegranates. I think this may be my favorite block so far.

Last weekend I travelled out of town for my son's graduation and have had several busy days since but I was able to make a few more rows for my Quilty Fun quilt. I am still enjoying this project but while sewing the rows together my machine started making funny noises. If you are like me you know exactly how your machine should sound and weird noises coming from the motor area certainly got my attention so my favorite machine is now in the shop for service. Thank goodness I have a spare machine as there is a 3 week wait!

So today I finally had a free day to be spent in my studio. The first part of the day was setting up my spare machine and fiddling with it to get my 1/4" perfectly set. Even though I have a 1/4" foot I still need to adjust the needle position in order to get the scant 1/4" that I prefer to piece with and since I rarely use this machine I am never sure where the needle should be. I tested it by piecing the border for this little wall hanging "Singing in the Rain" by Fig Tree Designs. I got the whole thing done before I realized that my seam allowance still needed some tweaking. The afternoon was spent quilting and binding and it finally hangs in a little upstairs bathroom.

I also made this little pillow from the wool appliqué block that I worked on while my SIL was visiting. It seems a bit misshapen so I must have made it a bit too small for the pillow form. Oh well, it still works and I will be more careful next time. What a relaxing day and so nice to get a few little finishes.

 

21 comments:

Bev said...

Your work is just breathtaking! I love the colors you use and the hand work is amazing! Love this!

Julierose said...

Gorgeous RM block--love that pomegranate. All lovely blocks...hugs, Julierose

glassbylindi.blogspot.com said...

So gorgeous! L

Catherine said...

The Rachel Meyer block looks beautiful and I love the beehive cushion as my husband is a bee-keeper. Lovely projects.

audrey said...

Such a gorgeous block, that Rachel Meyer one!!

Oops-Lah said...

I adore your latest Rachel Meyer quilt block. And the workmanship is next to non as always!!! Congratulations on the other finishes as well. I hope you get your favorit machine back soon.

Janet said...

Love all of your projects especially the Rachel Meyers. Would you consider making a tutorial? I would love to see your technique through the applique steps. Thank you for sharing. I enjoy your blog so much because you have a nice variety of projects doing.

Karen said...

Just yesterday, I was thinking about your Rachel Meyer quilt project and thinking I had not seen a new block for a bit. Beautiful block!

Nancy said...

Your Rachel Meyer Pomegranate block is so beautiful.

Judy Dietrich said...

Congrats on your son graduating!! Love the RM block, lots going on in this one square. Did you free motion quilt the darling little bird picture?? It is really cute!! The apples are my favorite in the strip quilt. I just bought her next book today. I left it in the shop, because I have so many quilt books. It called my name & I had to go back. I have no restraint when it comes to books!!

Karen H said...

Everything is beautiful but I have to say I LOVE the RM block! I think it is my favourite so far too!

Hilda said...

Oh my - just love the Rachel M block! The pears are so charming! don't think it is slow going as there is a lot of work on this block and your applique is perfect :)

Kyle said...

Your latest RM block is gorgeous. Your fabric choices really enhance this beautifully designed block. And of course, your work is awesome.

Barb said...

love the urn and pears on the new block.
Your row quilt is so charming!!
lovely post of projects

Flickenstichlerin said...

wonderful finishes, love your applique. Very neat stitches.
Greetings,
Sylvia

A Nudge said...

You accomplised a lot of wonderful finishes. I know what you mean about that scant 1/4". It makes a world of difference when it isn't right. I invite you to link to WIPs Be Gone to show off your great progress, too. Just love that Rachel Meyer block.

gi quilt said...

Looks like a lot of work happened in one day. Fantastic finishes. Looks like u are more than a Happy Appliquer!

Michele Hill said...

It is all looking just gorgeous Heather…love those little birdies!

Barb said...

I love it all!!!!!

Janette Velardi said...

Hi, your work is fabulous. Would you mind sharing with me how your make those very small circles. I am working on a project that requires 408 of them. Crazy isn't it?
Thanks.

Featheronawire Sally Bramald said...

I love your Rachel Meyer blocks, just love them.