Started collecting fabrics and looking for blogs of others working on the quilt. Didn't find many although I did find Karen and Sue. This fall at a local quilt show there were 6 completed Common Bride quilts by a group of friends.
Last weekend Elaine had a sit and sew day so I took the snow flakes to stitch and 24 1.25 inch wide stripes to sew for the four patches. At a sit and sew day, Elaine does all the pressing and ripping. I sewed all the stripes and Elaine pressed them (THANKS!) Stitched a few snow flakes and then decided to work on the four patches. Got all 24 stripes cut and piled then started to stitch. I never did get around to giving Elaine any of those to press (it was getting late in the day). This week I finished stitching all 200 (+ 3 extras), pressed them and piled them in a box.
|waiting to be marked|
I need to mark each one as they get set into an 8-pointed star. Almost 10 years ago, I bought a hand piecing book and tool. The tool has been hanging from the peg board in its package ever since. Friday night I unwrapped it and with my pencils and sandpaper board (fine sand paper glued to a piece of cardboard), I marked 8 diamonds and 8 four patches for stitching. The red and white pencil has white lead and Mickey regular lead. Might need to find another colour for the red & white pencil as the white doesn't always mark well on some of the dark fabrics.
|wants more diamonds|
|Back -- finger pressed only|
The advice in the pattern was to hold off pressing until the end so I've just been finger pressing. This is star 1 of 25. Still need to cut several hundred diamonds and mark them as well. I recorded Outlander this fall and still haven't watched anything. Hopefully the show will make marking go faster. Lots of prep work to do.