Friday, September 6, 2013


 A twenty-six month Journey
Dorothy Young, owner, of the yahoo group "A Pocketful of Mysteries" is presenting her Block of the Month quilt series. It began in January 2013, and will continue for the next two years.
"Independence Square" above, is my paisley rendition.
 The yahoo site for this trip is:
It is not too late to join in. This block and the other six are at the beginners level. 
So far I have found the construction of the blocks very simple.  I do recommend you start with the first block if you are a beginner.  There are simple techniques you will pick up on the journey. 
This new block is no exception.  It is a simple nine patch which each of the nine squares are units on their own.  They use construction techniques you have already encountered in other blocks.  The important thing to remember is to use an accurate 1/4 inch.  This will give you your 91/2" unfinished measurement.  Each unit should measure 3 1/2 inches. 
I was visiting a friend and showing a quilt top I had just finished.  She commented how neat (as in finished looking) my top looked.  I think that is due to I press each seam as I construct a block.  Not just finger pressing, I use an iron.  When I have been in a hurry and not used the iron the block appears rumpled.  I also discovered it is more difficult to get seams to nest when you don't press.  the more seams in a block the more it is necessary to press.
Above is the block I have constructed for my friend in California. 
 The paisleys in my stash have not been disappearing at a fast enough pace for me.   So I am starting another color way for myself.  It looks like I will have to go back and start at the beginning.  In the blog for "F" I used this color way to illustrate a construction technique.  ow I already have two in this color way.
Above is the resulting block.
This journey with blocks is taking me on journeys through the corridors of my mind.
 While you're on a quilting journey of any kind, please think about possibly reducing your stash and making a quilt top to send to the "Quilt of Valor" group in your area .
  Join us in this 2 year journey. There are several hundred friends taking the trip
The following, are blogs written each month on my journey through the alphabet.
 New Article on my blog: 
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind
First Clue to be presented October 16.
Other blog sites by me:
Where I have stories of my cats and other pets
a blog about my courtship with my husband,
and a blog about my most embarrassing moment.
A "Soap box" blog where I do air my opinions.
blogs about the wildflowers on our farm
Organic methods we use, some cooking and some poetry,
blogs about Seed sprouting, insects, and garden pictures
Blog about an endangered beneficial beetle
New Blog:
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