Wednesday, February 13, 2013

WIP Wednesday - Buckeye-Jewel Box-D9P

This post is linked to Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday.

1.  I started a new project, which I know will shock you. :o)

I'm still sorting scraps and fabrics and having a good time playing with fabrics. Saturday I came across some 3 1/2 inch four patches and half square triangles. ... then while looking through a quilt book I saw a quilt called Buckeye Beauty, AKA Jewel Box, and a lightbulb went off... I could make some blocks like that with the already made patches and hsts.

Of course it didn't take too long to use up the 4 patches and HSTs that I had on hand, so on to the other scraps.  I have a zillion little squares, some of which are already the right size (2 inch).  It is so easy to cut the others to the right size and there are also lots of little 2 inch strips that can be cut into squares.  I also have a drawer of odd triangles, which are easily transformed into the 3 1/2 inch HSTs needed.

I was a little concerned that the contrast between the darks and lights wasn't distinct enough, but when I took this picture this morning.... Look!  The design emerges!

The blocks aren't sewn together  yet, but here are just a few of the many different fabrics in the quilt.  Watermelons, snowmen, all kinds of flowers, pumpkins, dots, sunflowers, you name it, its in there.

Working early in the morning... This is a common sight in the sewing room at 6:00 A.M.  I love to try to fit in an hour of sewing before work in the morning.  An hour or so the night before, cutting the pieces from scraps, yields a couple of blocks ready to be sewn together the next morning.

2.  The second project I have in progress is machine quilting the D9P.  Its a pretty big quilt, about 90 X 90.  I was doing so good with the quilting and well on the way to a February finish...

But then I had some serious sewing machine problems that will send the machine I use for quilting to be serviced.  The nearest "authorized" service center is over 60 miles a way in the big city.  So I relegated the unfinished  quilt to a corner of the sewing room.  I will either wait to finish it after the machine is fixed, or.... maybe pull out my old Singer and set it up for quilting... when I get time.

Have a good and blessed Ash Wednesday!


Mrs Yoastie said...

Love the Buckeye/jewel box quilt. It has given me a great idea what to do with my scraps.
I think the contrast works well on the photo.

Betty Lou said...

Jewel box is one of my favorite quilt patterns and is perfect for a scrap quilt. Love the way it is coming together. A very ambitious project to quilt a 90" quilt on you machine. Connie over at Free Motion by the River says she always machine quilts on her old Singer.

Amy said...

I love the jewel box quilt.

Pen Pen said...

Oh no, don't tell me that Little Brother is acting up. What happened? I am really really loving mine. I like the new design on your quilt 'wall/bed'.. it's looking great.

Diane Wagner said...

Good job on your Buckeye blocks. I love the design. I'm also into scrap quilts so I'll keep this block in mind for future use.

Deanna said...

I love jewel box quilts!

Auntie M said...

I love the Jewel Box squares!! I do not believe that I have ever seen it. You are quite efficient in utilizing your scraps.

I think that there are more fabric scraps 'amongst my souvenirs' that you need to have.

Is your nearest authorized service center in Raleigh?

Denise said...

Love all the colors, what book/magazine is that quilt from it looks so familiar to me.

Joanie's Quilts said...

Your jewel box quilt is coming together very nicely! I love scrappy quilts!