Even in the midst of a busy week, I like to carve a little “me time” to quietly work on projects that bring me joy. This week was a busy one and I’m happy that I got my sampler blocks completed!
Dresden Sew Along Week 4
This week has been exciting with Spring Break bringing Sonny Boy home from Penn State. He’s a freshman so it’s taking a bit of time for me to get used to him being away from home. The quiet in the house without him has been hard so with him home, we’ve been a little lax with routines and responsibilities.
I was still able to fit a bit of sewing time into my days though. I didn’t get everything done that was on my schedule for the Sew-Along which means that I’ll be moving one block to next week’s work. It’s ok with me; the trade-off was worth it!
This week we will do three blocks: Spring Fair, Dresden Ohio and Follow Me.
If you’ve never made hourglass blocks before, they’re quite simple but you’ll want to take your time. The trimming process (to get to a finished block size) is the one step that may be a challenge. Julie has a detailed step-by-step tutorial on Generations Quilt Patterns if you need a little extra help. I am a little less scientific and I just trim ever-so-slightly on each side until I get to the desired finished size. I know that I should be more precise but I’m just not that picky and it’s just easier for me to do it my “crazy” way.
Do you enjoy making Flying Geese? I LOVE making them! Though remember, I am not a perfectionist so it doesn’t bother me TOO much if I don’t get perfect points 100% of the time. I’m looking forward to the time in our Sew Along when we’ll be making loads of Flying Geese but this week eight was a good “tip your toe in the water” if you haven’t made them before.
Another two easy Dresdens. Have you noticed in my pictures that I’m not attaching my dresdens yet? I decided early on that I am afraid of commitment when it comes to my colors and I may decide to change the backgrounds once all of my blocks are complete. Until then, I’m just pinning my dresdens to their backgrounds.
That’s it for this week! Another easy week, I think. Next week we’ll do more Flying Geese, we’ll do the 2 blocks I left off of this week’s assignment and another block called Friendship Garden. Only 3 more weeks to go before we’re putting our blocks together to make our quilts! What a fun sew-along this has been. I’m excited to see the quilts come together!
If you’re interested in joining in with all the fun, links are below for the book we’re following and the templates that make cutting our dresdens so much easier. It’s not too late (afterall, our sew along is a follow-up to Susan‘s sew along that I missed out on! She still has her Facebook page that offers loads of help if you are interested in checking it out).
Until next week, enjoy your Dresdens!