Wednesday, May 11, 2016

No reading today — I finished The Mammoth Hunters last night and wanted to work on a lap quilt for a friend. This pattern is called a Four Patch, and it’s quite simple. There are 4-4 1/2″ blocks sewn together to make the Four Patch, then this block is sewn to a solid 8 1/2″ block. Seven rows of five blocks and the quilt finishes at 40″ x 56″. I think it might be a bit large for a lap quilt, so may eliminate one row. I’ll have to see how it goes.

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I picked prints that are the same design, but in blue or deep red. Alternating with the print is a solid blue fabric. The 8 1/2″ blocks are a cream background with tiny navy blue hearts in rows.

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I’ll use a railroad themed fabric for the backing–I hope the rows of this quilt top work out with the size of fabric I have because the fabric is the perfect size for a lap quilt. I haven’t measured it, but whatever size it takes, I’ll wind up cutting the blocks down to make it fit.

Lots of train traffic today, and they’re laying track down at Marcel, so it won’t be long before train traffic will increase exponentially! Hooray for more trains! They’re laying the track by hand, rather than with a large, tie-setting machine. These things are fascinating to watch, but there’s not enough track to be laid to warrant the use of a machine that size.

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Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be kind to others, and be sure to tell those you love that you love them.

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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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One Response to Wednesday, May 11, 2016

  1. mageb says:

    That’s quite some track machine. Fun quilt too.

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