Start small

Start small
Lily block with hand appliqued triangles and squares on the white corners.
 
I’ve been thinking about getting back to blogging because there is a direct correlation between the time and effort I put into my own sewing and my number of blog posts.  If you look at the last post, you will see that I haven’t written anything since November 2016.  And there were only a handful of posts for the years before that.  I blame Facebook.  And Instagram.  Especially Instagram.  So many of my blogging buddies have abandoned their writing for the instant gratification of a Facebook and Instagram post.  I have to admit, I l-o-v-e the pictures.  But there is something in the blogging that involves thinking things through that gets me away from mindless scrolling and back to productive sewing.  But it is overwhelming to just pick up where I left off, especially since my sewing is still nearly non-existent.  So, I will start small…some easy information on something that someone else stitched.
Detail of signature – Aaron H Huntzberg
 
This block is my very favorite pieced block (with a bit of applique if you look closely) of all time.  There are several reasons I won’t go into now – that’s for another post.  This is just a single block that my friend Julie very graciously pointed out to me at a vendor’s booth during the recent AQSG seminar.  She is a good friend indeed because she wanted it for herself but knew I would be sad to miss it so she gave me first dibs – and I took it immediately!
Tiny blue and white 9-patch quilt: hand pieced and hand quilted.
 
Fortunately, we weren’t both coveting this quilt.  I couldn’t walk away from Stella Rubin’s booth empty handed and I’ve been looking at this one for a long time.  This quilt has 1,034 9-patch blocks which means there are 9,306 little squares in those 9-patches.  They are all hand pieced, no assembly line piecing on a machine.  I had to put it on my hotel bed for a photo opportunity.  I think it makes the hotel very homey but I’m not really sleeping under it.
Close-up view to get an idea of the scale of the pieces in this quilt.
 
Here is a picture with a quarter to better get an idea of the scale.  Each 9-patch is about 1.5 inches.
View of quilting with the red binding.
 
This is a simple blue and white quilt (if you call it simple to piece over 9,000 half-inch pieces plus assembling them with the plain squares) but I like that the maker added a red binding.  I’ve heard many times…”Red is a neutral.”

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