New Orleans House Project

Sunday, August 30, 2020

August Wrap-Up

It feels like August has been the month of scattered sewing efforts.  Plenty of projects worked on, but few completed.  Distractions aplenty - in life and in the sewing room.  I'm hopeful September will allow for more focus, and maybe fewer distractions!  Hahahaha!

One project I've spent numerous hours with this month the blue and white Variable Star/Uneven Nine-patch quilt.  

The quilt finished up at a generous 88 inches x 93 inches, so hand-stitching the binding has been a PROJECT.  Happily, there's only about 40 inches of binding left to stitch!  I will get some glamour shots of the quilt when it's complete.

Another hand-stitching project that's gotten attention this month is Flamingo Hexies.  I took stock of what blocks/fabrics/colors were already made, and made a plan for wrapping up the quilt.  I cut and prepped lots of new blocks, so I'll have them ready and waiting to be stitched.

I got distracted by a mini charm pack that I received as a gift earlier in the month (Le Pavot by Sandy Gervais).  I had seen this table runner pattern on Nell's blog several years ago, and thought it would be a perfect use for the charm pack fabrics.  

I used some Moda Grunge (Vanilla) I had in my stash, and cut 2 inch strips for the setting, which is based on Bonnie Hunter's Dancing Nines quilt pattern.

I was ready to layer the finished top using batting scraps and backing fabric from the stash, but I didn't have enough batting scraps to do the job.  This is on hold until I can get some appropriate batting.  Did you know some batting manufacturers make table runner sized batts?  I believe I will be giving that a try!

Don't you have a stash of worn-out denim jeans just waiting to be recycled into something new and useful?  I decided it was time to attack my stash and start a utility quilt for one of the beds at our camp.  I'm keeping it simple with Rail Fence blocks.  This will be a long-term project, something I work on when we're at the camp.  I haven't decided if it will be quilted or tied. 

I procrastinated on the August block for Barbara Brackman's Cassandra's Circle BOM.  The appliqué prep work is almost finished and I will wrap things up by stitching all the pieces by machine.  It's been awhile since I've done any machine appliqué, so it will be good to put that skill to use.

Another distraction:  my local quilt store posted a picture of this new fabric on Instagram, and I knew I needed to have some!  I have no plans for it right now, but it will join the other Hawaiian-style fabrics in my stash.

And now I'll wrap this up with good wishes to everyone for a safe, healthy, and stitch-ful September!


  1. You have a lot of nice projects going on, and such a variety. Fun hexies - I'm new to hexies and really enjoy both the prep, and the convenience of having the handwork ready to work on. Your blue and white quilt looks spectacular from what we can see! Fun idea to make a denim quilt for your camp.

  2. I can't believe you made all that progress while dealing with "Laura" and her aftermath. Just glad you are safe and were able to quilt yourself through it! I particularly love your Cassandra block. Delicious!

  3. So much eye candy here, I love your blue stars top. The table runner looks like fun and very interesting how the squares are laid out. There are so many possibilities for this pattern. Good to hear you escaped the full wrath of Laura.

  4. Despite hurricanes and I saw picture of water flowing down your street, you have accomplished lots! Love all those blues in the stars and nine patches and your happy hexies. Cassandra's Circles latest block is lovely. It should finish up quickly with the machine appliquing.

  5. Your blue and white quilt is beautiful. It will be lovely to look at while you are hand stitching the binding. I hope that you didn't have terrible damage from hurricane Laura. You were in my thoughts and prayers. Here is to hoping September comes and goes quietly!

  6. Love, love, LOVE that denim quilt is process, Angie!!! Recycling? That's the name of the game. I'm all about it!

  7. Love all of your projects! Blue quilt is so pretty and C's block is going to be a beauty also

  8. Aha! You have given me inspiration for son #2's quilt! Thank you! I have piles of old jeans just for making quilts for tough grown boys to use.