The Barrister's Block RevisitedWay back in 2012, when I'd just started quilting, I started working on a "Sow-a-Long" from The Barrister's Block. It was lots of fun, although I was so new at quilting that I didn't fully realize the challenges (small blocks, no construction instructions). Over the year I posted pics of my progress. You can see them if you go back to my 2012 posts.
While sifting through my UFOs recently, I realized that I'd never finished the complete sew-a-long. There were about a dozen blocks left to do. I was tired of working on the Otsego quilts and needed a nice piecing break from quilting Greta's quilt (my current UFO-finishing project). Perfect.
Today's mini-project was Squares and Diamonds. All I had to do was reach into my bins of scraps in frequently-used sizes (thank you, Bonnie Hunter, for your Scrap Users System!) and stitch them up.
This is my finished block, with colors inverted.
I'll do some more cutting in the next few days and then finish the rest of the blocks this month.
Fabric Time!I had put myself on a fabric diet last year. I was determined not to buy more fabric until I made some headway on projects that were already underway. So I still have a bin full of unstarted projects -- but I guess those don't count as UFOs, right?! Anyway, it's time to dive back in. These came in the mail this week.
I bought these 1/4-yard cuts on sale from Keepsake Quilting with the idea of using them to learn transparency a la Christine Barnes. They are tone-on-tone, not solids. Now that I see them, I'm leaning more toward a stained-glass windows quilt. Still, beautiful colors.
I've also avoided pre-cuts, unless I had a specific project in mind (like Layla's quilt). But these prints were to pretty to passs up. I love blue and yellow. Missouri Star Quilt Co. had a gorgeous charm pack that I couldn't resist. (Sorry the colors don't show well -- they really are bright and pretty).
They also have tons of projects using charms, but you always need some yardage to go with them. I looked for the same manufacturer (Benartex), hoping that the colors would work together. I'm really happy with what I got. Too bad Missouri Star never has a Daily Deal on "extra hours in a day" to turn these dreams into finished projects.
Apologies for the poor quality photos. I used my elderly phone and was too lazy to find my camera.