JQB Progress

I am slowly making progress with my JQB blocks. I try to fit them in when I have a couple of hours to sit at the sewing machine, uninterrupted.

JQB #7 Yamato kasuri igeta jūji (Yamato well curb cross)


JQB #8 Meisen hana (Meisen silk flower)




JQB #9 Kurume kasuri tōfu mon (White square pattern)


JQB #10 Kurume kasuri kumitate ichimatsu (One-square check structure)


JQB #11 Kurume kasuri igeta jūji (Kurume well curb cross)


JQB #12 Yosegi jūji masu (Cross squares)


#12 had an error in the pattern so I had to add a patch to the middle rectangle. If you’re making this block, cut the big middle rectangle 1/2″ longer than the pattern says.

JQB #13 Yosegi kōshi tsunagi (Lined check)


I totally recommend this book. It has a ton of cool blocks & depending on your fabric choices they can look vastly different.

Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix & Match

Selvage String Blocks

I’ve started a tiny collection of selvage string blocks.

These are fun to make. It’s fun to see all of the fabrics I’ve used in other projects together.

I’m super stingy with my fabric so I try to eek out every last bit. Before I started making these I cut the selvages off as close as I could so I had the most possible fabric to work with. Now I’m cutting a bit more off when trimming the selvages to make my selvage blocks prettier, more of the print will show through. I know it’s not wasting fabric so that makes it easier to cut the extra.

They are super quick blocks to whip up, I love foundation piecing!

Laptop Sleeve

A couple of weeks ago I needed to take my laptop to see the doctor. Poor thing has been through a lot in her life. Day two BF dropped her on to concrete. She’s a trooper though, she was dented and bruised. BF attended to her with pliers to straighten her bent corner and she was able to open and close as normal again.

Two years later her hinge is broken. If her screen isn’t straight (& I mean straight) up, it falls down, either on your fingers or slamming to the table. It’s not good.

So I made her an appointment with an Apple Genius to see what we could do.

She’s never had a sleeve before, she just kinda gets plopped into my giant purse and off we go but I couldn’t very well take her to her appointment naked like that. They may think I’m a bad parent.

Enter pretty laptop sleeve. With about an hour before we had to leave I decided I had enough time to make a laptop sleeve and shower. (I know, delusional.)

Well dear readers, I am happy to say this project was so fast that I left the house only 10 minutes later than planned! And isn’t it cute? I used fantastic Lizzy House fabrics. I love the ducks on the inside.

Are you wondering what happened at our doctor’s appointment? Well, those crazy people told me it would cost me the price of a new iPad to fix the hinge. I thought they were nuts and have decided to just deal with the problem. Let’s just hope the screen keeps working…