Wednesday, August 20, 2014

back at it

Guess what I got to do this morning?  Sew! 

With all the class prep lately, I haven't been indulging in much relaxing, for-fun sewing.  (Thanks so much for your response to Angled, by the way!  Camp sold out in about 24 hours and the regular version is heading that way too.  I'm so grateful you're on board!)  Today my young friend Ashley joined me for a few hours of purge-along cutting, sewing and pressing.

my young friend

Do you know about Ashley?  She's part of the amazing family that's farming in our backyard this year and for many to come, if we're lucky.  When we can, Ashley comes inside to sew with me.  I'm teaching her some quilting skills, and she's helping me get more done.  It's a win-win!  I certainly enjoy her company, too.


Today as I cut and paired fabrics, Ashley sewed them up.  It was a great opportunity to practice her 1/4" seam allowance.  I took your advice to focus on cutting into my unloved fabrics yardage rather than pulling mostly from scraps.  Going this route actually saves time too, as we get to do more strip piecing.

little 4-patch blocks

I could barely keep up with the pressing and cutting to keep her busy.  We made all these little 4-patch blocks!

purge progress

And then I joined them as Purge quilt blocks.  Nine in all.  Pretty nice!

Ok friends, I think I want to make my purge quilt into a picnic quilt for a friend.  But that means I need a million!  (The actual amount I need is too large to face at this point.  Best save those calculations for later...)  I need to get moving on this quilt!  The final Purge link party is September 12th.  I have a feeling that's going to be here before I blink twice.




  1. Lucky Ashley and lucky you! The view behind her is beautiful.

  2. Rosemary b here
    Ashley is a beautiful girl! She looks very comfortable behind the machine too!
    Lucky her, she is learning from the best!
    I love your blocks

  3. Wow that looks great...another great purge project!

  4. So great. I love that you're sharing your art and skills, as well as enjoying good company.

  5. I must admit I'm a little jealous... I want a sewing helper, too! What a great experience for Ashley learning from someone as skilled and patient a teacher as you are : )

  6. I love the idea to cut those "unloved" fabrics into smaller pieces, they looks great as an over all color scheme. Ashley, must love coming inside for free lessons! Total win-win!


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