How do you eat an elephant?

One bite at a time.

Last week I was proud of myself for cutting lots and lots of fabrics for my Jacob’s Ladder blocks. What I didn’t work through at the time is that is in fact an awful lot of blocks to sew all at once.


Sixty eight HSTs needing a flat press, an iron open, and a four-sided trim. I’ll be over here if you need me.



How was your day, dear?

Today was a day off. Days off are seriously one of the best things ever. I cannot stress enough how much I appreciated [and needed] today.

Sure, I need to do laundry. Get groceries. Recover from the double whammy of birthday and mother’s day. And renew my driver’s license – that did get done to save the 276$ fine I was flirting with had I been pulled over, which luckily didn’t happen. After I glared into the camera for a horrible picture I went home and SEWED!

I finished a few blocks, then laid out and counted my blocks for the Jacob’s Ladder quilt. Then I cut lots and lots more strips and squares. I have 27 more blocks to do and 38 fabrics I just love and want to use.


These are the “must use” fabrics.


Some of the “we’ll see what colours I need to balance the rest out” near the end.

Since I zipped through all that I decided to brave the fabrics I want to fussy cut.




I spent two hours to make this holey fabric.

But it will look awesome at the end.

And I get to do it all again tomorrow.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner*!

I know that’s a lame dad joke but I still like it.

Aaaages ago I promised to give away scraps (jazz hands!) to a randomly drawn person who correctly identified this block as a Jacob’s Ladder.


That post had eleven comments, six of which named the Jacob’s Ladder block. I printed the comments, cut out the ones with Jacob’s Ladder, folded them up, and drew Anja’s comment.

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So there we go! Thank you everyone for liking my first block of this quilt. I now have 36% of the blocks sewn and an additional 16 blocks cut out. I am loving the very saturated colours I’ve chosen.

*  Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
Urban Dictionary claims that years ago every casino in Las Vegas had a three-piece chicken dinner with a potato and a veggie for $1.79. A standard bet back then was $2, hence when you won a bet you had enough for a chicken dinner.

Anja, we will chat about just how many scraps (jazz hands!) you want.

Directional Fabrics

can bite me.

In a quilt with sixty-four unique print fabrics quite a few of them are directional. Since I’m strip piecing much of this project I was having some troubles training my brain to deal with those directional prints.

I took the time this morning to make a mock-up block:


Yes, this is wee but I can now clearly see how things get spun around and put upside down and sideways. I can’t recall where this not-so-awesome fish fabric came from but now I have less of it.

This wee block helped me make this terrific poster so that I’ll never get it wrong again.


I will probably make a different mistake instead.