One Block at a Time

Nothing like sewing to get your mind off of anything and everything but the needle pushing through fabric. My local quilting friend and I have decided to make Christmas table runners. She made a block that used a technique called Needle Turned Applique, whereupon I asked if she would teach me how to do it. That request turned into discussion of using block(s) with appliques of Poinsettias for a Christmas table runner. I decided that since I usually like to have some sort of centerpiece on the table, and these Poinsettias would be a raised petal design, I opted to have a flat, pieced block for the center and the Poinsettia blocks at either end. Sashing and borders will complete the top and then batting, backing and binding will be added.

I finished the center block today. This is a pattern is called “Bento Box” and it was designed by Kelly Hauser, Moderator of the “Quilting Bee” site on Facebook:

July 2014 Bento Box Block

I have an urge to sew, so will take a look at my 2 1/2″ strips left over from the brown strip quilt I created a couple of years ago and see if I can’t turn them into yet another quilt, though quite a bit smaller in size (the brown strip quilt was a queen size quilt).

One day at a time, one block at a time (or strip). Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Each day is given to us as a gift — sometimes the days are filled with joy, sometimes sorrow, but know that each day will pass, and that next day may bring more joy than sorrow. May all your tomorrows be filled with joy and appreciation for the gifts we receive. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them–life is always shorter than we think it’s going to be.


About tehachap

The easiest way to define myself is as a very happily married woman with two sons and two grandsons. My hobbies include reading, writing, sewing, trains (watching, photographing and running them in G scale), and travel. My husband and I are retired and we spend our winters in Arizona. I used to own a secretarial and desktop publishing business, but closed it when my husband retired in 1999. We have truly enjoyed our retirement years, and have fulfilled one of our primary goals in life and that is to own a home overlooking train tracks so we can watch trains 24/7. We are sincerely blessed in this life.
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