Monday, February 22, 2021

SAH Retreat Finale

 All-in-all, I had a very productive retreat with one complete baby top and two throws only lacking borders.

But first, let me tell you about my Love-Hate relationship with half-square triangles.  I love the sparkle they give to stars.  I love the way they can direct your attention in a certain direction.  I love that they are fabulous receptacles for scraps and there are so many different ways to make them.  BUT I am SO dyslexic when it comes to HSTs.  (And, for the record, not much better with light/dark 4 patches that need to form a chain!)

Well, my Jacob's Ladder quilt has both HSTs and 4Ps!  I can't tell you how many times I had to grab Jack (the Ripper).  The pieces and parts were building on my design wall for the entire week.  I saw it every time I entered the sewing room.  I stared at it as I sewed.  Can you see the problem above?

I caught that one, but there were many, many more.  Imagine my chagrin as I was stitching the last long seams ...

No matter how many times I chanted "the gold needs to kiss," I still blew it over and over.  Fortunately this was easily fixed and I'm only two long seams from a finish.

The baby quilt made from the Anne of Green Gables fabric is a neat design, but I doubt I'll use a wonky setting like this gain any time soon.

The last project for the week just "happened."  I was looking through this book for inspiration ...

... and found a design using neutral string-pieced squares.  I happened to have a large collection of neutral string squares I made years ago so it didn't take long to mobilize.  

I have plans to add a border, though it is big enough now as it is.

Like I said, my Stay-at-Home Retreat was a success -- and I even cooked dinner every day!


  1. I believe that units possess a power to flip around when they are moved from the design wall the the sewing machine. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :)
    But glad you caught the mis-turnings when you did and not after the quilt was bordered. And basted. And quilted. (BT,DT) The neutral strings make an interesting minimalist design.

  2. sometimes you can stand back and look and not see the mistakes until you take a photo - glad you caught it

  3. I think we can all relate because we've all done the same thing! Your neutral strings are wonderful with the orange and turquoise! Sounds like you had a productive week, Libby.

  4. It's so fun to find parts and pieces that come together quickly into finished quilt tops. Yours all look great! And I agree with Nann...The gremlins like moving things around between the wall and machine. :)

  5. Sorry to hear that you and "Jacob" were fighting, Libby. SEW glad that you two have worked things out. :o))
    The other two quilt tops turned out great, especially nice that you were able to use pre-made string blocks for the one from GE Designs!


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