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Yep, these are small potatoes, all right! My grandson aka Little Buddy helped me harvest these from a galvanized tub on the back porch. We found a few even tinier ones, and we set those out for the squirrels. Because squirrels are always dear to a quilter's heart, aren't they?
I grow these mostly for fun, but I will clean them up and roast them in the oven with carrots and onions and maybe even sweet potatoes.
I had heard people call things "small potatoes" all my life, but I actually went and looked it up. The expression "small potatoes" originated in the 19th Century, and means insignificant. That just about sums up my sewing this week.
After finishing my red blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I had some big plans for quilting. They did not happen. Time was not my friend. But I did start another baby quilt for Jack's Basket, blocks seen above.
Somehow, there is always time to start a new project! I based this one on a quilt from this fabulous book:
No Scrap Left Behind by Amanda Jean Nyberg. (If you love scraps, this book is for you!)
The quilt in the book is called Ring Me, and is on pages 102-106. As you can see, my block is not exactly the same as Amanda Jean's. I often buy books for inspiration, not just great patterns, and this one delivers. I will probably set it differently, too, but without the book I might never have gotten started.
So far, just a few tiny blocks were cut and pressed. Then I went to the virtual quilt show I mentioned last week (find my post on that HERE), and watched a video with quilt teacher and shop owner (and Wisconsin quilter) Judy Gauthier, author of Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers (and two more books in the series).
I could hardly wait to get out my scraps and make this test block.
Can you believe this block is made from squares? Judy shows you how to cut them and sew the pieces back together. I couldn't believe this method made a block that is so easy, and actually lays flat!
The pattern is called Blended Hexagons, and is on pages 43-49. Judy's quilt is very modern, and absolutely beautiful. Now I'm thinking about a whole quilt like this, but made from 1930s fabrics. I think I might know a way to make mine without set in seams.
The last thing I made was a pair of baby sweat pants. They're a little too big for my youngest grandson right now, but he keeps on growing so they'll eventually fit. It's been a long time since I made clothes of any kind, and I had to reorganize my patterns. It is absolutely impossible, at least for me, to get the pattern pieces folded back into the pattern envelope, so I put them all in gallon sized zip lock bags with the pattern envelope on top. Now maybe I can find what I'm looking for.
Although my sewing this week was pretty insignificant, the week was still a good one.
What with one thing and another, time just keeps speeding ahead. I can hardly believe this is the last weekend of September, and that it is already officially fall! We are enjoying the lovely weather here, and trying to store up the sunshine for the coming winter months. Sort of like squirrels!
In the week ahead, I'm wishing you sunshine and sewing time, or just any time doing what you love.
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