Some Tiny Sewing

There wasn't much on yesterday's agenda beyond sewing, and so I went back to work on the placemats that were started the day before.

Let's all paws here for a moment to admire how purrfectly this fabric matches my furs.

Sadie was my consultant about jazzing these up a little with different fabrics, and this is what I came up with.

Now they're sewn together and sandwiched for quilting. I wish I'd made the strips on the right a little wider, but I'll stick with them as they are. The quilting adds a lot, and so a nice variegated gold thread will spice them up a little too.

Those are going to be set aside for a day or two, however. The next project was to catch up on the Tiny Tuesday blocks. The first one is called Bullseye.

It was set diagonally.

Smitty helped by reading the directions out loud as the cutting progressed.

But you know...cats tire quickly. After a meeting of the minds, they decided to switch places.

Smitty was so worn out, he could barely keep his eyes open, and his lasers needed recharging badly.

Don't let this purrturb you for another minute, Smitty. Let a girl cat take over.

And so she helped me piece together the Split 16 Patch. This went together surprisingly quickly. This is a great scrap block. My tiniest scraps were used in all of these blocks.

The Split 16 Patch was straight set.

Finally, the last block for this Tiny Tuesday quilt was completed. The last one is called Cornerstones. It was diagonally set. As I tried to take a picture...whoops.

Okay, there we go. Since this was to be set diagonally, the center block was fussy cut so that it would be standing upright rather than lying on its side.

Okay...and that's the end of that. There are 44 blocks total...only I think I have 45. Somewhere I ended up with an extra.

So...what to do next? What. To. Do? It seems as good a time as any to tackle my oldest UFO. In fact, this isn't just my current UFO...it's the quilt that has taken me the longest to finish...ever...in the history of quilting at the Three Cats Ranch. I suppose it deserves some kind of medal, wouldn't you agree? These are all the blocks I made for the Mulligan Stew quilt. You can read more about the origin of this quilt right here. It's from a book entitled, "Hobo Quilts," by Deborah Henninger.

If you look at the block second from the right in the second full row, you see a cat. That block is called "Kind-Hearted Lady." You might recall I picked up this little souvenir dust collector during our visit to the American Museum of the House Cat.

Here's the explanatory note on the back:

Getting back to the book and the quilt, I wanted to make every quilt block in the book. There are other projects in Deborah Henninger's book, but this is the one I chose, called "Mulligan Stew."

So, you can see that the blocks are sewn together with a narrow sashing, which is what my plan includes. However, I had in mind to create a border to suggest a railroad track. In my wanderings on Pinterest, I found this pattern from It's Sew Emma. It pretty clearly laid out the measurements for creating a railroad track, and so I'm going to riff off the measurements from this quilt.

Yesterday I spent some time searching through my stash and came out with some fabrics I think will get the job done. (I'm trying not to purchase more fabric.)

So that's where I'll start today, once I get my sewing hat on.

Progress on Tree #7 for Twelve Trees for Christmas continues. I'm hoping I'll finish this tomorrow or the next day. Here's where it stands. 

I've fussed and fussed with this "Braid Stitch," and it is challenging. I wish my stitches were a little more consistent and even, but this is as good as it gets for now. I'm hoping it'll look better when the red beads are added.

16 comments from clever and witty friends:

Julierose said...

Oh I think your "Braided" tree really looks pretty--nice work ;)))
hugs, Julierose

Sandra W said...

Re your tree--if some of the threads look a little off you can smooth them down with a touch of fray check. Use a toothpick to nudge them into place.

Tilly said...

Love your blocks. good idea to make a railroad sashing.
And with the help of your assistants it will work out fine.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I've never heard of that embroidery stitch but your block looks lovely! The railroad tracks border is a neat idea, a perfect border. Happy Stitching!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I am far behind on the Tiny Tuesday blocks, good for you in catching up. Love those little trees. Let me know if plan on putting you Hobo Quilt book on the market - very interested in that.

Louise said...

I like the idea of a railroad track border! Very clever to pull that pattern out of your collection for re-purposing :)

piecefulwendy said...

I have a longest ever quilt waiting in my stack as well. It will be next up to go to my long arm buddy. However, she's moving out of state (I'm so sad) so I'm not sure what that will mean as far as getting it done. I may have to bite the bullet and start quilting my own. Your little tree is looking good, despite the challenging stitch!

Nancy said...

Oh Please!!! Your braid stitch is wonderful even when I enlarge the picture to see a close up. I am still struggling with a decent back stitch. After seeing your "Hocuspocusville" Quilt I just had to try and do some hand embroidery.So ran out and bought the pattern and all the "stuff" that I needed for hand work. Love the quilt not so much getting my stitches even. Oh well like you say I am improving but not fast enough for me. Keep up being the best enabler I know!

CA Bobbie said...

I bought your Hobo Quilt book and love just reading it. I''ve been fascinated with the hobo movement, my Mom used to sing a song called "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum". Runs thru my head every so often. So enjoyy your blog and all the stitching- I tend to plan and daydream about my stash.....Maybe I need some helpers !!!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

The Hobo Quilt was pretty big a few years ago. Funny how those icons became so universally known years ago. We know so much more about everything in history thanks to the internet. Your kitties are good helpers. My pooches are not so well behaved. They find all kinds of toys in my "room".
xx, Carol

The Joyful Quilter said...

Nice progress on your Tiny Tuesday Sampler and that UFO, too!!!

quiltzyx said...

I like your new place mats for the 5th wheel. Good that you used Sadie for your color inspiration too.

I still think the braid stitch looks good - you're just too close to it. :) Oh & I looked at the snowflake ones on her site - very cool!

MissPat said...

On the tiny Tuesday blocks, Angela had two weeks when she showed 2 blocks each week based on the nine patch unit and Sally Trude did two blocks the week she did the pig block. She also did a block with two fishes for those who were intimidated by the pig. I skipped all the applique blocks and wound up with 42 which is fine. I'll set them 6 columns by 7 rows. Love your tree stitchery and the Hobo quilt is quite interesting.

Jo said...

Wow you have been busy!

QuiltGranma said...

You have such good and purrrrsuasive helpers! Even to reading aloud the directions! Meow's that going?

Susie H said...

Your TT blocks turned out good. Weren't they fun to make? I'm mentally working on my finishing plan. Probably won't be completed until after all the holidays. Love the 12 Trees of Christmas so much I checked into the pattern/designer.
Wowsers! Those are TINY!!! That braid stitch has really intrigued me ... never heard of it. Your kitties are beautiful and I love how helpful they are!