I also cut a few squares of the dark turquoise solid for cornerstones, and then I laid everything out on the design wall to see if it would work. The sashing is 1.5 inches wide.
I stitched sashing to blocks and cornerstones, a block, and then a row at a time.
By Thursday, the center of the quilt was finished!
Considering that I'm a newbie to hand-piecing, I have to say I'm pretty happy with my stitches!
My slow-stitching job today is to finish up the outside borders and figure out how to piece a backing for this top, so that I can get it layered and begin quilting.
There is quite a bit of fabric leftover from the bundle of ocean-themed fat quarters that I started with, so I decided I would start cutting 4.5 inch squares from the scraps, border them with a variety of colorful solids, and make enough for a baby boy donation quilt!
Info about the Hand-Pieced QAL can be found at both Elm Street Quilts and at Simple Handmade Everyday.
Sharing at Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!
and at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.
Lovely stitches. Isn't the accuracy and softness of hand piecing a joy?
You are doing an amazing job!
Well done! I love that sandy beach fabric and used it in a quilt I made for my daughter a couple of years ago. ENjoy your hand piecing... I have 3 more blocks to finish!
your stitches look really good. Good job! well you do more hand piecing now?
Beautifully stitched--I haven't done hand piecing in a long while...lovely colors too...hugs, Julierose
Great theme, great fabrics, very pretty stitches. A very nice quilt! and I like the idea for the leftovers. I always have lots of leftovers.
Your sashing fabric is PERFECT!! It is coming together nicely.
Your stitches sure don't look like you are a newbie hand piecer! The little quilt is beautiful!
Loving the sandy beach fabric, your hand piecing is fantastic and those blocks are so sweet.
Your hand pieced quilt is turning out wonderfully! Love the addition of the corner stones. Your stitches look great, it's a bit addictive don't you think?
You've made really good progress on your quilt! And your stitching is magnificent. :) I love your idea for the scraps.
A lovely quilt! And all beautifully hand stitched, making this extra special!
Diann, that is impressive! Will you do the quilting by hand as well? I love the design and the fabrics!
Beautiful hand stitching!! And such a fun and unexpected sashing...just wonderful!
I was impressed while reading how you were assembling your pretty quilt top, then read a little further to see it was all done by hand! Wow, indeed.
Your blocks are so pretty all together. Are you going to hand quilt it also?
Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!
Love your fabric selection for the hand pieced project. You've got a really good start on your next scrappy project. Happy stitching this week.
Sinking your toes into the warm sand is the best, isn't it. I don't believe for one minute you are a newbie at hand piecing. Each and every block looks fabulous. They really pop with the sashing fabric you chose.
Your quilt came out lovely - and I agree - your stitching is beautiful! Congratulations on a beautiful project!
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