January 26th, 2014

First post of the year? Shameful!

by Julie Hirt

Sometimes life happens and I can’t get to sewing and blogging as much as I’d like.   As of late, I’ve been on a roll!  Blocks for two different quilt bees are finished.  Yippee!


I finished up my Fussy Cut Swap blocks and they aren’t even due until mid February!  (Maybe this will make up for the Scrappy Trip blocks below.)

This fun swap is hosted by Amanda at What the Bobbin. The square in a square paper piecing pattern has taken off in quiltyland under the name ‘Economy Block’.


The template Amanda made for us creates 4″ finished blocks.


Hello Tokyo fabrics star as the fussy centers.  This line is so cute I can’t stand it!

Finally, I’ve finished up my Scrappy Trip Bee blocks… which were supposed to be mailed 2 weeks ago. Gack!


Colors requested: Nothing!  She wanted to see what would come her way, so I made something I would enjoy.


Colors requested:  Oranges, navy, turquoise/aqua.


Colors requested:  Solids!


Colors requested: Brights, all colors of the rainbow.


Colors requested: Prints with a white background for outer squares and happy bright colored print for the center.

This about sums up what I’ve been up to.   I’ve decided to scale back the size of the Stars quilt for my nephew.  Thirty blocks would be entirely too big for him.  Plus, it’s daunting.

Happy Stitching!



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13 Comments to “First post of the year? Shameful!”

  1. Love all the fussy cutting you do… I can tell you enjoy that and it is eye candy for us to enjoy oow too! Thanks for posting a blog post :) I love that paper pieced square in a square… is it hard ?? I want to do that for cornerstones on my next project but have never paper pieced and thought this might be a good place to start… no fussy cutting! LOL

  2. Yeah! Glad to see you are back in blogland, Julie! Love those economy blocks!

  3. Love your Hello Tokyo blocks! Actually, your color choices in all these projects are very appealing…

  4. Hi julie!
    Love your blocks and your scrappy trips. I haven’t had much time for blogging or visiting since winter started so I know how you feel. Have fun!
    xo jan

  5. Happy new year!! :) Welcome back!!

  6. The Hello Tokyo blocks are too cute! Now I even more inspired to make some. You certainly choose terrific fabrics.

  7. So glad to see you back! You have been busy!
    Those economy blocks are fantastic, love all the fussy cuts! And holy scrappy trip blocks!

  8. Welcome back! Lots of cuteness in this post :)

  9. I love the fussy cut kitty with the flower! So cute! The blocks look great.

  10. Welcome back! Glad to see you!

  11. Yay! Glad you came back to us! I missed your blog…

  12. Welcome back! All of your blocks are so very joyful and bright.

  13. I love Hello Tokyo too and it looks brilliant in those economy blocks. Great to read you again!

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