That’s what I’ve been doing – more chaining by hand. But this time of four-patch blocks. And they’re going together really, really quickly. Yes, I know these would be easy as could be to piece by machine for most but they’re not for me. I’ve just not got the right set-up at my sewing machine and I really want an enjoyable stitch, not something I feel compelled to get finished quickly.
So as soon as clue 4 for the Celtic Solstice mystery quilt came out, I printed the squares on my yellow and blue fabrics. This is what one sheet looks like with the squares printed – 20 squares per sheet.
Then I cut the sheets in half and paired them up, one yellow …
… with one blue.
The stack of blue and yellow pairs, all ready to be chain pieced by hand.
Then I stitched along the stitching lines of each one of the 10 squares on a pair of yellow …
… and blue fabrics.
Cut them apart on the cutting lines and have perfect little pairs that turned into wonderful little four-patch blocks. So far I’ve got 22 of the four-patch blocks finished.
And the seams graded and the little block pressed.
My progress to date on all the clues. Once I discovered that chaining by hand worked so well for the HSTs, I was determined to find a way to do more chaining by hand and the four-patch blocks offered me a great opportunity to do so.
I’m now going off to see what everyone else has done. You can too – just click here to see all the link-ups on Bonnie Hunter’s blog post today.
This is what we woke up to on Sunday morning. The trees out on the roof garden were all coated with a fair amount of ice as we, like so many others, were affected by the big storm. For us it was a prolonged ice storm, while others had a mix of ice and snow. We were fortunate and didn’t lose power, but thousands and thousands of people are still without power.
They’re making progress with the decorations, but there’s apparently a possibility that some alien Christmas decorations are going to be added to the mix.
Jake really makes himself comfortable.
Baxter decided to hang out on a different part of the kitty tree. Mr. Q.O. entitled this one, “What’s Up?”