The final 3 blocks for Grandma’s Kitchen

I had a lot of fun picking and choosing from my stack of fabrics for the final 3 blocks of the Grandma’s Kitchen pattern.  I mentioned previously that I did a little “balancing” of colors, as I have a big variety with my 1930’s reproduction fabrics.

Block 23 –

Block 23 Grandma's Kitchen

Block 24 –

Block 24 Grandma's Kitchen

Block 25 –

Block 25 Grandma's Kitchen

Now that all 25 blocks are made, I am considering all those filler blocks the pattern has called for.  There are 3 more units of “friendship stars”, several sets of “checkerboard blocks”, and lots of what I would call “filler strips”.  These filler strips are giving me something to think about.  I am trying to decide if I am just going with one of my white background fabrics; or maybe pull in another yellow, with some very tiny print.  If you haven’t seen the final layout, take a look at Pat’s post here – The final layout plan

Here are my thoughts….I have a lot of very “different” prints and colors going on.  I put them all in an album together on flicker if you want to take a look – Grandma’s Kitchen Blocks album

I think the blocks need something to “calm them down” and “give your eye a place to rest” or “a bit of space”.  This is what leads me to the white.  I have been doodling and coloring – Thank goodness for lots of fine tip markers and lots of copies of the pattern.

Making sense of the layout

I’ve set aside fabrics for some of those filler blocks, made one of the checkerboard sections for row 3(using the same fabrics as block 25), and decided what fabrics those extra friendship stars will use.

Next time you see it, I will have it stitched together as a full top…but that will be a while.

I’m in slow down mode as of this afternoon!  I had to deliver my beloved Janome 8900 to the sewing center for service. Long & short of it – my machine does NOT like the thread painting class I took today. Sadly, I paid for a class that I only managed to sew for about half of, and then spent the rest of the class battling the machine.  I went straight from class to take the machine for repair.  Tomorrow, out will come my beloved Featherweight, and I will “begin again”.

Meanwhile, there are lots of scraps to be sorted and trimmed and put away, so I might get busy with that job.  I have LOTS to get squared away!   I am going to try and get some cleared up before Carole puts out the first edition of Scrap Dance Square Dance Mystery QuiltWill you be sewing along?  Carole said she is going to have us “use up leftovers, precuts,  charm squares, jelly roll strips ” etc.  I tend to cut my scraps to the “largest size” for my storage system, so I should have plenty of 5″ squares, lots of 2.5″ strips.  I don’t buy pre-cuts usually, but I do have a big collection of fat quarters (which are NOT scraps….)  I think I will start with the overflowing basket of GREENS!

What’s on your project list??

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9 thoughts on “The final 3 blocks for Grandma’s Kitchen

    • Great way to clear out the scraps. They go really fast, so you will be at a king size in no time. I am a fan if sashing string blocks, gives the eye a place to rest. I also like the ones where the run the white across the center of the block to give continuity to all the blocks. Can’t wait to see what you end up with.

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  1. Oh, dear, I didn’t realize Carole was starting another scrap dance mystery. I am already doing the Pat Sloan mystery, trying to get thousands…maybe billions of scraps trimmed to size (only slight exaggeration 😁) and the custom made raffle quilt to get started on. But I can’t resist those mystery quilts. There should be a law against them being offered at the first of the year when I have so much paperwork to do for both the church and our personal tax stuff, not to mention a massive garden and orchard to get pruned. (Who in their right mind planted all that stuff?)
    Lovely blocks by the way, can’t wait ti see the finished quilt

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  2. Your blocks look so carefully made and so pretty with their coordinating colors. This quilt is going to be beautiful when you have it all finished! All of your careful planning and thought will certainly payoff. Thank you for sharing your blocks and your thoughts. 🙂

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