Saturday, April 10, 2021

Roadblocks, Blue Blocks, and a Tulip Block

 Welcome to Treadlestitches!

Does this ever happen to you?  I've got a quilt that needs to be quilted, but keeps getting set aside so I can finish other quilts.  So finally I get very stern with myself and say, "That's enough!"  (I MIGHT not say this out loud if there's anybody else at home.)  "This quilt HAS to be finished, and I can't quilt anything else until it is!"  So the quilt becomes a roadblock.

My current roadblock is my 1930s house quilt, a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project from last year.  As you can see, making it a roadblock is working towards getting it done.  I put the top border on last night, and will work on quilting the borders this weekend.  Eventually I will finish writing up the tutorial on my quilt-as-you-go method, using this quilt as the main example.

More light/bright blue blocks for the RSC!  The reason I am always so far behind in finishing quilts is probably because I piece quilt blocks just about every day.  My treadle is facing a window that overlooks our driveway.  In the mornings, once I've got things ready for the day, I can sew while waiting for the baby to be dropped off.  When my daughter's car pulls up, I shut off the iron and the lights, and go downstairs.  No need to shut off the treadle, although I kept trying when I first got one!

The log cabin blocks share a lot of the same fabrics, as I'm running out of 2 in. strips.  I don't think it will matter, since they may not be in the same quilt.  I'm planning to make several baby quilts from the RSC blocks this year.

These crumb hearts always make me feel so frugal!  All the tiny chunks and pieces are recycled into something useful.  Some old triangles made their way into this batch.

Tulips aren't blooming here yet, except in the sewing room.  I made this block to try out an idea for a Hands2Help quilt.  Click HERE for the excellent tutorial by Kristina of Center Street Quilts.  It's easy to cut and sew, and makes a cute rectangular block, 6 in. x 12 in. finished.

Speaking of cute, you know what's coming now--photos of my grandkids!

This was Easter Sunday at my oldest daughter's house.  We were able to be together this year after being vaccinated.

Little Buddy drew this adorable bunny on our kitchen chalk board.  I do not have the heart to erase it.  Not sure why one eye has some kind of a problem. 

Baby Buddy has just discovered Duplos.  I have just discovered making quilt patterns with them.  We're both having fun.

Usually things go well around here when I'm babysitting.  But once in a while, when the dog is barking madly, the cat is throwing up, the preschooler is having a fit about nothing and the baby is trying to crawl away while I'm changing his messy diaper, I think back to that old TV commercial and want Calgon to take me away.  (I think Calgon was bubble bath???)  When it all gets sorted out, and I end up with both little ones, clean and calm, close to me reading a book, I know there is no place I'd rather be, and no job I'd rather have.

One more flower picture.  The barrel cactus in my little window garden is responding to the spring sunlight with these pretty pink blooms. This hardly ever happens, so I made sure to take a photo.

I hope all is well in your world this week.

Cheers for reading,

Sylvia@Treadlestitches

Linking up with:

Angela at So Scrappy
Cynthia at Oh Scrap 












24 comments:

  1. Lovely blue blocks, like them all but the stars are stunning. The house quilt looks great.How lovely to be able to look after your grandchildren. They look very happy in the photo.

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  2. I have a roadblock too. Nice work this month

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    1. Thanks, maggie! Good luck with your roadblock. I'm sure you'll push on through.

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  3. My roadblock quilts, Sugaridoo QAL quilt and my album of memories quilt. Funny how we have these gremlins. My sewing machine even broke and had to be fixed, left for three weeks all because I was going to quilt one of them?

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    1. Oh, no! So sorry your machine broke. Maybe those quilts don't want to be quilted?

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  4. Love the House Quilt. Yes, you definitively have to finish it. It's too beautiful not to be on a bed. Love your blue blocks and the tulip too but the picture of the cute kiddos stole my heart. Precious! ;^)

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    1. Thanks, Chantal! Those guys steal my heart every day.

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  5. I'm glad you were able to spend Easter with all of the Buddies. We were able to have our grandchildren over for dinner. Being vaccinated is such a relief. The house quilt is wonderful. I'm looking forward to your QAYG tutorial. I think Little Buddy's rabbit is winking at you. Thanks for the link to the tulip block.

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    1. Thanks, KatieQ! Of course! The rabbit is winking! I should have guessed. I'm glad you could spend time with your grandchildren too.

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  6. I love your house quilt, you are almost at the finish line with this one, well past the road block. I've a bunch of houses that are waiting to be assembled, sometime soon, I hope. The stars and log cabins ad lovely too, dont know why I never think of making log cabin blocks, they always turn out so nice.

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  7. The house quilt is just great, Sylvia! I have to do that same thing sometimes, too - make myself stick with finishing a certain quilt before I can play with something else. The rest of your blocks are happy in the light blues, too. Pretty blooms on your cactus! So glad the good times with your little buddies outweigh the Calgon moments!

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    1. Thanks, Diann! Sometimes I just have to restrain myself from working on new projects. And it's not like I don't have any other UFOs!

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  8. I'm glad you're moving forward on the house quilt. It's so adorable! Looking forward to your QAYG tutorial, too :)

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  9. I like your plan with your "roadblock" and I chuckled about your reason for calling it that! I love your house block quilt! Your family is lovely and how wonderful they are close enough that you can make memories together!

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  10. Progress on your 'roadblock' quilt, lots of Light BLUE sewing for the RSC, and a fabulous photo of the grands, Sylvia!!

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  11. Having your littles close is certainly a blessing! Our oldest granddaughter turns 36 next month! It seems like just yesterday she was coloring in a book or helping G’pa in the yard! Good luck getting past your roadblock!

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  12. I love your house quilt road block! Sounds like you're moving forward on it, after a stern talking to yourself! What a pretty blooming cactus!

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  13. I really like your RSC block choices. They look great in blue.

    Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

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  14. Oh yes , I know road blocks. I usually get distracted by the need to
    do a wedding quilt or just a fun block that comes my way!
    Keep doing what you are doing and enjoy the process.
    Stay safe and sew on !

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  15. Love, love, love your 1930s House quilt. Glad you are getting it done.

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  16. Oh yes - I understand roadblocks - but I am so glad you were stern with yourself!!! Sometimes you just have to do it! And it looks great!!

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  17. Your RSC light/bright blue blocks are so pretty. I don't usually go for house quilts but I really like yours. Maybe it's the 30s prints? Hope to see it 100% finished next week. The tulip block is really neat too. I think it might make a pretty Field of Tulips RSC quilt! Glad you're feeling able to be with your grandkids again. Must have been a long year for you all.

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