Stage 2 ~ Complete!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m inching towards the finish line! A few posts back, I mentioned that I considered the paper piecing of the corner block components “Stage 1″ of making this quilt. In my mind, assembling those components into their final blocks was “Stage 2″. This week I wrapped up that task.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I seriously love chain piecing. It’s a bit mindless at times…but boy does it get the job done quickly and efficiently. I make all my blocks at once, dedicating a couple hours each morning to piecing specific sections together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Now for “Stage 3″ ~ assembling those filler blocks that will pull the whole thing together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

You may notice that I unstitched a bit of the section I made 2 years ago. When I picked this project up again, I had additional fabrics I wanted to use – both in the cream/white prints and the colors. I didn’t want it to be totally obvious that those prints weren’t in that original section. So I decide to spread those blocks out a bit.

My goal was to finish this quilt by Christmas. That’s not going to happen. But I think after the holiday’s it should come together quickly and will be my first official finish of 2015.

Stage 1 ~ Complete!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This has been a pretty productive week. I’ve finished all the corner block components! I’ve been mentally thinking of this part as “Stage 1″ and I’m happy to have it behind me.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Aren’t they all so pretty together? If I didn’t already have a plan for this quilt, I think I would leave them place just like this for a whole quilt top.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Although the “hard part” is now finished, I’m faced with the Stage 2 – cutting and stitching lots and lots of tiny squares. A bit less exciting and more tedious, but it will be fun to see it all start coming together.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’m taking a small break from this project to work on a tutorial I’m planning for Bernina’s We All Sew blog in January. It involves Essex linen, Liberty of London, and decorative stitching. Not a bad way to spend a Friday!

Keep on Movin’

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Several hours last week at the sewing machine reaped excellent results. All the paper pieced components are stitched and trimmed! I broke my chain piecing down into piles by template and color. It helped me out mentally as I was facing the nearly 1000 small pieces of fabric.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Before 3 hours of trimming…

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

And after. Boy did my feet hurt after all that standing, but I’m happy I did it all at once and it’s behind me.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This week I’ll start on cutting the squares to piece the background and start on assembling the blocks. Oh yeah, and there’s Thanksgiving as well. It will be a short week at the machine!