Blocks, Binding, and a New Start–London Roads

It has been a while since I made lotto blocks for Sunshine (link in sidebar).  June’s colors are pink and green, and I had some.

lotto blocks

12 1/2 x 12 1/2

We turn in a pair of blocks, one goes to Sunshine charity quilts and one to the “pot.”  Every pair is an entry, so someone wins a bunch. Sometimes I get my block back that way. I always think I’ll experiment with interesting patterns, but I always end up in a hurry and do one of my default blocks, like this Friendship Star.This time the decision was helped by the amount of fabric. I used up the pink. It is about time. I used it in the 70s in a log cabin quilt (link here if you want to check it out). Almost vintage fabric.

And I made two heart hugs.

Heart hug blocks

6 1/2 x 6 1/2

it is a tradition in several guilds to make heart blocks for people who are sick or who have had a loss. This is my favorite heart pattern. The “bonus” triangles will become leaders and enders and eventually be a tiny pinwheel. I’ll save them for the mini sampler that I intend to make someday.

And Salt Water Taffy is now quilted, thanks to a friend with a longarm.

showing quilting

The flowing pantograph goes so well with the prints on the fabrics. And the binding is all ready to apply.

Binding made

No excuse to not get it finished, right? Wrong. Starting a new project is more fun than finishing an old one.

I’ve been sketching. And measuring. And calculating yardage needed.Sketch

A long time ago I made a sampler and included a block called London Roads (the upper center one in the sketch). Link here; the block is second row up and second from left. I was always amused by the implication of dead ends and one way streets going the wrong way and intended to return to it. I’ve since found two other versions of the block and plan this bunk quilt using all three. (I’ll be getting a head start on next summer’s guild push for bunk quilts.)

I’ve picked out the fabric.

Fabric pull

The print is a little small for the 15 x 15 squares that it will become; however, I liked the idea of buildings to go with the roads block. To be continued.

Linking with Let’s Bee Social and WIP Wednesday; always fun to check in on everyone’s progress.



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4 responses to “Blocks, Binding, and a New Start–London Roads

  1. Cher

    I would think getting the binding on and then having a hand stitching project to enjoy doing would be a great addition to choices of quilting things to do.
    Of course starting a new quilt is always the best! your sketches look a strong start to a fun new quilt top. Elsa did great! thanks for the link to her site. As always I enjoyed following your links to older quilts that continue to inspire new ones. You do the best job of using up your scraps – a true inspiration for me.

  2. I hear ya on the starting a new project…
    I think the only reason I finish projects at all is so that I can sew the binding on – I find handstitching the back rather peaceful. With the right movie/tv show on, of course. And my feet up. And a cuppa close at hand. Hmmm. Maybe it’s actually just the relaxing I enjoy, and the binding is just a byproduct.

  3. It is always good to find a way to use up ‘ancient’ fabric and wonderful to do it for a good cause. Your sketches look great! The London Roads block looks like a fun one, and it will be interesting to see how your quilt combines variations on the block.

  4. dezertsuz

    Aargh, internet ate my comment! Love the finished quilt – binding will go fast. You can get it on in no time. The new project looks like fun. Love the house fabric you chose, too. Good luck with the lotto part of the guild project. I know the other blocks will be well received.

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