I was digging around in the sewing room the other night looking for a couple quick wool projects that I knew I had, but for some reason couldn't find.
What I did pull out was my Hearts and Hands quilt blocks that I started some time ago. I had 31 of the paper pieced blocks prepped and ready to go.
I had the paper printed, the bottom fabric on each pile is the background and the top pile is the spires for the sunbursts.
I made a couple and posted to a quilting group on Facebook and a friend (Rita) mentioned to me that she had seen my blocks back in "2012" and loved them so much that she made her husband a quilt very similar. Yes....made....meaning finished and gifted. (sigh)
So....I felt the challenge. I need to get this one done.
I laid out the block I was to work on. Pattern, fabric, mini cutting mat, mini ruler, mini rotary cutter and my post card that I used to help me fold back the paper as I went so that I could trim to a 1/4" seam.
I plugged away. I was determined. I am pooped. I did these 31 in a matter of just 3-4 days.
Starting out, each block took me a good 35 minutes to make. I got that down to 25 minutes a piece.
Thirty-one blocks later the paper piecing is done.
Stuart, the minion, was helping me and even he had to take a nap after doing these.
My next step is to rip paper off all 31.
Then I will be appliqueing center circles on each. Those were made some time ago thank goodness.
Here are the blocks that I had made previously.
I believe there are a total of 53 in this quilt.
If you go to my sidebar and look at the other pages of Hearts and Hands you will see that this quilt was not started in 2012 (which I thought was bad enough), but in January 2009. Now I am really ashamed. What you will see on those pages are a lot of the applique blocks that are in this quilt.
Once these 31 blocks are done, I have about 21-22 more applique blocks to do. I do have all the bits and pieces drawn out, so I just need to pick out fabrics for each (which are all in one spot). I am going to keep plugging away at this quilt now that I am this close. The next few blocks will be a little slower going, but as long as I keep it out and keep working on it, that will be a good thing and there might just be a finish in the foreseeable future.
Cheer me on! I need to get this one done before the Old Folks Home.