Tuesday, May 2, 2017

It's Smitten Time Again

As mentioned in several of my previous posts, I am doing an unofficial Smitten Sew Along with my friend, Carol.  This is a quilt designed by Lucy Carson Kingwell and consists of 27 large hexagon blocks.  I've finished sixteen of these blocks and have not worked on them for several weeks because I needed to prepare the fabrics for the remaining eleven blocks and hadn't found the time until this past Sunday when I had the house all to myself.  I only had the Gilmore Girls and four sleeping dogs to keep me company.

Each of the remaining eleven blocks consists of three small hexagons so my approach to making them is to make all of the small hexagons and then group them into threes since these blocks tend to have a more scrappier look. I spent the entire afternoon picking and cutting fabrics for these blocks and then placed them and the paper pieces in separate sandwich bags.  I also decided to cut additional pieces to make extra blocks just in case.

Paper piecing is fun BUT produces a lot of scraps, big and bitsy which are put in a big plastic bag for sorting through on a later day.  I have a lot of these bags of scraps from other projects waiting to be sorted.  

I thought it would be a good idea to lay out the blocks I've done (per the layout diagram) before I started working on the new ones to make sure there is a good mix of colors and prints and that some of these blocks should made be on the quiet side.  The nice thing about the Smitten pattern is that you don't have to follow the block layout diagram and can move the blocks around which I pretty sure I'm going to do since I don't like putting the same block types next to each other, but we'll see.    Once the quilt is done, it will measure approximately 48" x 61" perfect for a  wallhanging.  While working on these blocks, I've been binge watching Gilmore Girls and sadly I only have two episodes left to watch.  I decided to re-watch the sequel episodes again before moving onto my series in waiting, Blue Blood.  And if I happen to finish the quilt before watching all of these episodes, I have bags of scraps I can sort.

Linking up with Cooking Up Quilts Main Crush Monday


  1. Based on the pictures of your blocks so far and the scraps you've been sorting this is going to be a stunning quilt! Thank goodness for Netflix to entertain us when working on long projects :)

  2. This is gorgeous! It is fun to work along with someone to keep you motivated. Can't wait to see the finish.

  3. How fun that you are sewing with your friend on the same project! The scrappiness of the quilt is going to be just gorgeous and I'm looking forward to watching your progress. Thanks for sharing your blocks on MCM!

  4. Your blocks are lovely Rose! I have always admired this pattern and yours is great! You know what I do with scraps- I throw them out! Shock..horror!! Anything that can't be cut into a 2.5" square gets tossed! I have too much fabric already, without giving me more to worry about! Please don't give the quilt police my address!

  5. Lovely blocks and nice colours. I love Jen Kingwell quilts. I started Gypsy Wife then got pulled away, now everywhere I look I see reminders. The best part of making one is doing it with friends, I'll look forward to seeing your progress.

  6. Rose your blocks are looking very nice.