Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Oh, What a Finish!

By gosh, I did it!!

I have actually finished my Broken Dishes quilt!

I am so glad to have it finished.

As of 2 weeks ago, I had not one notion that this quilt would become the focus of my work, much less that it would be finished. It's funny how something that was simply grabbed as a diversion for a day of sewing could become a week-long obsession.

I'm going to try to go back and figure out when I began this quilt, and on some future post I will record the story of Broken Dishes. For now, I can say that it's a pattern in this book:

Kaffe Fassett's A Kaleidoscope of Quilts.

Okay, I've again had 2 days devoted to sewing, and it's been wonderful! Yesterday, I sewed with Sharon at her house. She worked on a new project using layer cakes of Aviary, and I cannot believe that I didn't take a picture of it. I guess I was too wrapped up in myself and my own project! Shame on me.

Here is what I started with yesterday - 2 piles of quilt blocks and my trusty diagram.

At the end of the day, I had 5 of the 9 rows constructed.

Today, at Terry's, a group of ladies met for more sewing. This same group met last Wednesday in Grove City when we sewed at Mary's barn. Terry worked on a little project with tiny pieces, Milton's Musket Balls from Civil War Legacies.

This is her first block. One down, 11 more to go!!

Mary had a neat project involving the Civil War, too. Her project is from A Path to the Civil War.

Just look at her beautiful blocks! She was bummed because she didn't have all the pieces cut that she thought she did, but what she did get finished sure looks great!

Cherie and Monica worked on the same projects they had going last week. Cherie continued with her black and white blocks, while Monica was churning out basket blocks.

Cherie's 16-patch blocks. She has a beautiful assortment of  fabrics.

 Monica's basket blocks look amazing. I wish I could get my triangles to look as perfect as hers do!

And Sheryll, who was under the weather last week, worked on some handquilting for a special anniversary in her family.

Sheryll does beautiful handwork. The guests at an upcoming party will be signing this wall hanging - a signature quilt commemorating a golden wedding anniversary. Won't the recipients love it?

And I finished Broken Dishes. Wow. What a job. Let's do the math on how many pieces are in this guy. There are 42 center blocks which have 64 pieces in each block; that comes to 2688 pieces. The border has 30 blocks each consisting of 16 pieces which comes to 480. So added all up we get 3168 pieces. Wow. 
That makes my brain hurt.

But I'm glad it's done. I really, really am.


  1. It is always amazing to see how much can be accomplished when you aren't interupted or sidelined by something lese.
    The quilt top is lovely!!

    Your friends projects are all so beautiful. It looks like a very inspiring group.


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