Saturday, July 13, 2019

Catching up on A Stroll in Paris

     Hope everyone had a nice Saturday. Our family had a birthday party for my 1 year old great nephew today. He had a "smash" cake, which I'd never heard of. He got the idea pretty quickly. This was fairly early in the process so he's not wearing much cake yet.

     I bought a new sewing machine... not that I really needed one but I wanted this one. It is from Janome and is a Quilts of Valor edition (3160QOV). It's a really nice machine with all your basic features and stitches. It has a 25 year warranty, comes with a "quilters" package including a walking foot, extension table, and lots of stitches. I like that it is in support of Quilts of Valor ( and I love that it is super light weight. I hesitate to take classes when you need to bring a sewing machine. I have several choices but they are all heavy. I can't find a weight estimate and I don't have it out of the box yet that I can put it on the scale, but it is very light and easy to lift. Taking classes just became more interesting. I do have 3 local shops that I have become familiar with and will look into their class schedules.

     I did get a bit of sewing time today and continue to work on the blocks for A Stroll in Paris (GE Designs). I have a large selection of fat quarters that I've prewashed. I am making two versions of this project and I'm enjoying the challenge of making two quilts with different looks (check here for the story). It's harder than I thought it would be to choose different fabrics from each color palette for the blocks.

     This set is using a white background fabric from Zen Chic called A Day in Paris Arrows.

Here is block 3, that you make 4 of.

This is my other version, made with the Zen Chic fabric in ivory.

Block 3

     I can see already it will be harder to make each quilt look different as we proceed. I have lots of fat quarters I'm using but they are all, or mostly, Moda and do tend to be in the same color palette right now. Guess I'll have to throw in some Tula Pink to mix it up!

     Well, it's getting late. And a day out in the sunshine is tiring! Not sure what I'll work on tomorrow but it's sure to involve a sewing machine.

     Thanks for stopping by.

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