Wednesday, April 16, 2014

the end of the pony club blocks

And so, it is done. After finishing up 21 blocks over the past handful of days, I have completed 90 pony club blocks, every one in the book except one which I have replaced. I got the sashing, I just need to wash it and get it ready. This, my friends, is going to be epic. Nevermind the fact that I have no idea how in the world I am going to lay it out to decide where the blocks are going since I don't think I have any space large enough, but I'll make something work. Here are the final beauties!!

pig's tail



ribbons



railroad crosing



homeward bound



rambling road



rain or shine



sugar bowl - i had a problem with one of the templates not being the right size on this one which is why I am missing just about every point.....I'm trying not to worry too much about it....



summer's dream



sheep fold



star of hope



floral bouquet



seminole square



sunshine



telephone



trail of the covered wagon



virginia



verna belle's favorite



village school house



western star



young man's fancy



fusion star - this was my addition. It is a free paper piecing pattern from sew what, sherlock? that I printed at 1/3 size. I am in love!



I can't believe they are all done! Next week, after my parents have visited, I will get to work putting this quilt top together and I am so excited! In the meantime, I am going to try not to get distracted and go clean up before the visitors arrive. Hope everyone is having a good week!

Friday, April 11, 2014

yep, still at the pony club

No kidding, I really did mean to not dump another 20 blocks at once, but here we are and I have actually been doing 10 blocks every other day. I spend one day printing/cutting the templates and choosing/cutting fabric and the next day I sew them all. It is a bit insane but so much fun! Now I am up to 69 blocks and only have another 20 to go plus a replacement that I have yet to choose. The sashing is ordered and will hopefully be here soon. I can.not.wait! I'll be honest, these blocks are getting pretty insane. I have been tending to defer to the 3.5-year-old pretty often for fabric choices so some of the combinations got a little...crazy, especially the second half. I just tell myself it is going to make my finished quilt that much more interesting and since this will likely live in the living room, it will make a little girl very happy. So here they are!

kansas



lightning



lucky star



mother's delight



miller's daughter



mountain maze



minnesota



maud's album quilt



morning star



mayflower



north carolina beauty



next door neighbor



new jersey



norway pine



north star



new york



old indian trail



pansy



patience corners



pleasant paths



I assume I will be back early next week with another 10....or maybe the rest of them, I guess we'll see how the weekend goes. I wish I could do another group shot, but to be honest, I don't know where I have space for so many blocks. I am still trying to figure out how I am going to lay them out when they are finished. I will figure something out though. Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

back at the {pony} club

Guess what I've been doing! I am sure you've already guessed that I have been making pony club blocks again. Lots of them actually. Another 19 are done and I have passed the halfway point, which is super exciting! I am up to 49 blocks finished. I skipped one (indian on horseback was simply not working for me) so I will need to find something cool to replace that with so I still end up with 90.

I was sitting around this past weekend trying to figure out what I wanted to work on. And the truth is, I have both my pony club quilt and my DWR quilt taking up quite a bit of space. I debated working on the DWR and did do a bit of cutting, but I have decided that it will be better for me to just pick one to finish and get out of the way and then focus my attention on the other. The pony club quilt won the toss and I am now on a mission to get it done. I have 10 more all cut out and will start piecing them today hopefully; picking fabric has been fun and I love having a little {3.5 year old} helper to bring new ideas and combinations to my attention. I even picked out sashing, so I'll need to order that soonish so that I will be ready to go. So this is the quilt that I will be focusing on for the time being. And maybe after that I will let myself pick out one of the baby quilts on my list to make and get back to that DWR.  And now, since I have neglected to post these as I go, I will bombard you with 19 new little 8.5" blocks :)

eastertide quilt



ella's star



everybody's favorite



fishing boats



flying clouds



friendship star



good cheer



girl's favorite



girl's joy



grandmother's favorite



gold nuggets



gretchen



handy andy



hen and her chicks



home treasure



ice cream bowl



jewel



july fourth



john's favorite



And all 49 of them together



I am so in love! It's funny how I each block is so totally different and somehow they just go together to create a beautiful mess. I am hoping that these go fairly quickly so I can get a quilt top together and see how it turns out. I also kind of want to back it in voile and hand quilt it, but I haven't decided if I am that crazy yet. In any case, that's where you'll find me for the time being :) Hope everyone is having a good week!