Friday, August 5, 2016

Pinwheels and Nine Patches

Sometimes my mistakes make me happy. Not often, but sometimes. When I was making quarter square triangle blocks a while back, I accidentally sewed a lot of the first two pieces together on the wrong sides. They would not make quarter square triangles. However, they did make some pretty good pinwheels.

I noticed that the 2 1/2 inch square nine patches were exactly the same size - another happy surprise. So I sewed them together. I have to say, I like it! Esmeralda has inspected it and she approved, too. Got to have chicken approval, you know

Kaffe Fassett fabrics for the inner and outer borders along with a gray print for the binding make it all play together nicely.
This little pale blue print (another one gifted to me by my sweet sister in law) seemed to be a good choice for the backing. 

Here it is all freshly washed and dried, crinkly and cuddly.

Mr. Muddling decided I needed a couple of orchid plants. Aren't they pretty! Plus a little peek at the back yard and the zinnias. Don't they just look like sunshine? The ones this year are the prettiest I've seen in a long time.

Last night I finished sewing together the last of the Scrappy Trips blocks on my treadle machine - such a sweet machine and still sews perfectly at about ninety years of age! After I get these blocks pressed, I'll put them on the design wall and see if I need to make more. Muddling, what can I say?

I've been working on the houses blocks, too. I cut them with the Go! Cutter and then realized I should have fused the fabric to some stabilizer first, so I cut stabilizer with the Go! too, and my friend Sandy ironed the cut outs to the stabilizer and then ironed those to the background blocks. I know. I have the best friends. Anyway, I am zig-zagging around them all with the the vintage White sewing machine I got recently.  Another workhorse, it uses a size 15 bobbin which goes a long time before running out.

It is still hot and dry here. Ah, Summer in Houston - it just goes on and on. However, I have plenty of sewing and other things to do inside, so I don't mind. I'm just thankful for air conditioning!

I hope you are having a good weekend already!

Hugs and kisses,


Sheila said...

Another Beautiful quilt! LOVE the treadle sewing machine.

Susie Swanson said...

Amazing how much talent you have. So beautiful and your flowers too. Hope you have a nice weekend. Blessings and Love

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I love that pinwheels and nine patch - no one would know it wasn't planned like that from the get-go! Stay cool!

Sarah Craig said...

That's a beautiful quilt, Elaine! Whoop whoop!!

Thimbleanna said...

How do you have the time to keep creating these wonderful quilts Elaine! Another pretty one! And I'm very envious of your chickens -- I'd definitely love to have one to be a quilt inspector! ;-D

Karen S said...

I am doing a late catch up on some posts.
I do like the way you can turn a negative into a positive. This has turned into a great quilt. And it is so good to have the quilt inspector's approval.
The orchids are lovely.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

The Pinwheels and Nine Patches quilt is awesome! I love the colors and the pattern.

Wonky Girl said...

Oh wow, love love your new White machine. Such pretty quilts, inspires me to get sewing and quilting :-)