Scrappy Sawtooth Blocks

The production of scrappy sawtooth blocks continues apace, and now I have four lovelies to share:

Four scrappy quilt blocks

I have been monkeying with my seam allowance and using new thread (I’ve switched from Gutermann to Aurifil which was a good change but apparently that can mess up your spacing!)

I had to take the bottom left one out and remake it to get it to be the right size, but I can tell I’m getting better at making these! Flying geese make me very nervous – I’m worried about wonking things up when pressing, but so far I think I’ve done okay. And I think the one on the top right might be my favorite – I love everything about it!

I think I’m addicted to these scrappy little things. Such instant gratification. I’m still taking them slowly and enjoying getting little “mini-finishes” throughout the week.

A New Obsession – Sawtooth Blocks

My very favorite quilt for using in my home is made up of sawtooth blocks with huge borders.antique sawtooth quilt

It’s an old antique, and it’s been in my family for at least a couple generations. My parents have no idea of its provenance (ask my dad where an antique rifle came from and he remembers the trade my grandpa made with detail, dates, and numbers, of course).

It’s backed with flannel, and though I thought it might not have batting I can see from some of the places where the top is coming apart that it does. It’s just the right weight and soft for wrapping up in. I used it regularly when I was pregnant and probably every day of my daughter’s first year of life and beyond. We would get up early and have our first nurse of the day under this blanket. And now I’ve been using it on my bed as a first layer to cocoon under due to the extreme cold.

I’d love to give it a good wash (it needs it!) but I’m scared to do it. I suppose warm water and some eucalan or soak that I use on handknits in the tub would work? Should I agitate by hand or just soak and then rinse? And I feel like this procedure needs to take place in the summer when I can hang it outside to dry in the sun, right?

I’ve always wanted to reproduce this quilt, or at least make a quilt with sawtooth stars. The block itself is fun to make – one big block in the middle, four flying geese, and four square blocks. Simple enough.

I’ve also been collecting a lot of vintage, mostly low volume pink and blue florals in a bin forever. Little bits and pieces, fat quarters mostly, for a future project TBD.

Well, the other night, I just decided to go for it. I started cutting into my low volumes, and I combined them with some modern fabrics both low volume and bright from my stash of fat quarters. And the result… well, I’m obsessed.

sawtooth quilt block floral with slothssawtooth quilt block teal and yellow

I love how random they are. I love how they’re not really balanced. I love the scrappiness. And those fussy cut centers… I just… I love them. They’re coming out just the way I wanted.

I’m having a lot of fun working very slowly and getting a little done every evening on these after my daughter goes to bed. The next block I’ve started is a sawtooth star within a sawtooth star, and I only have the center of that one done so far, so no pictures yet here (but I do update Instagram pretty regularly…) I’m experimenting a lot to just see how I like things, and sometimes it comes out, and when it doesn’t, well, I go back. These things might seem like they would come easily, but I get in the habit of following patterns blindly and not remembering that it’s my object, and it can be how I want it. I also feel like my piecing skills are improving (sort of, I’m still a very newbie quilter).

Also, while I have plenty of vintage/floral low volumes (I’ve been collecting for awhile) I’m quickly running out of the modern low volumes that I want to combine them with. Like I need another reason to add to my fabric stash…

Time flies…

Hello! I’ve been sick this week and dealing with sinus crud, but the good news is the weather in Iowa has turned and it’s officially springtime. It’s been just lovely out and we’ve been enjoying getting outside more and even enlisted little Doctor’s help for yard work over the weekend.

Doctor in a sweatshirt and boots
Doctor’s yard work outfit

Last Friday I ended up having a late work shift, meaning Doc went to school in the morning and I had some free time. Of course I was having a blast, pulling out my knitting and getting to sit and plan some upcoming projects.

But of course, about an hour later I was dealing with this:

And yes, I’ve contacted the company and I’m getting a refund. And yes, I have other size 2.25mm (US 1) needles. But I lost my groove on the mittens. It’s temporary, we don’t need to be concerned, but I decided to put them down for a bit. I’ll pick them up and finish them soon.

But I still had all this free time – luckily I have no shortage of crafty projects that call for my attention. So I finished up this mini quilt top that I cut out forever ago:

This is the Moda love quilt pattern (FREE!). I love this pattern because it’s written for layer cakes, or sized down for charms and even mini-charms! I did the mini-charm sized one, but instead of using mini charms I cut up scrap fabric and a couple of fat quarters.

I started this because I had just finished two huge (for me) quilt tops and I really needed a smaller, quicker project. I’m also thinking of quilting it free motion on my machine, which I’ve never tried before. (I’ll definitely practice on some scrap fabric first!)

I have one other finished object this week and it was a quick knit baby hat made with leftover Berroco Vintage from my stash. This is the Basic Baby Hat pattern by Heather Tucker. This is a gift for Doctor’s teacher who’s expecting in July. I used magic loop on this (I’m hooked!) but also because I couldn’t find the right dpns to do it otherwise.

red baby hat, knitted

So one more thing, I’ve cast on a new set of socks! I just got two skeins of White Birch Fiber Arts a couple of weeks ago, and I very nearly cast on the Sunny Day colorway but at the last minute I saw Jasmin from Knitmore Girls had cast on a baby sweater in this color. I need to see what that looks like before I decide what I’m making with mine, now.

So because it matches the weather outside perfectly, I cast on my other White Birch Fiber Arts skein, Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow.

These are toe up, two at a time, vanilla socks. It took a ton of fiddly work to get them matching, but I’m hoping against hope that I’m ready to just go on these. I really needed a purse project that I can mindlessly work on. Finally!