April FNSI is a Success!

FNSI or Friday Night Sew-in is definitely a night I look forward to each month.

Last night was no different.  Although, I have to admit that not a stitch of actual sewing occurred.  I did enjoy a night in the sewing room, but my time was spent ironing and cutting apart my 16 patch blocks for my King sized Flourishing Garden quilt!

When we last talked about this quilt I was sewing these together.

Note to self: King sized quilts are a lot of work.  I thought I knew what I was in for when I started, but I am still awe struck at how big this sucker is!!  

So, let's get to what I accomplished last night.  Here's my stack 'o 16 patch blocks in need of a little heat and steam.

Ironing... I know... exciting, right?  Ok, I will let the details of this part to your imagination :)

And then I cut those squares into quarters diagonally.  Which gave me this really pretty pile of triangles.  

I felt good about getting all 36 72 triangles cut out and ready to be pieced back together.  See what I mean about a king size being a lot of work?  That's a lot of fabric in that pile!

And that's where I left it for the night.  Successful FNSI!!  

This morning (with better photo-taking light) I wanted to show you a little bit more.  Here is a look at the cutting lines I followed for each 16 patch block.  See how the triangles emerge?

Then you re-connect the triangles like so to form a new smaller square.  I love how complicated this pattern looks, but it's a cinch to pull off!  It's a really fun way to play with a ton of prints!

So, this morning I laid out all 36 72 triangles into their new 36 square pairs.  This is a quick glimpse of how amazing this quilt is going to be!!  Whoo hooo!

It's so big... and it doesn't even have the sashing yet!  So big!!  

So, now the triangles are stacked and ready to be sewn together... and that's where I am now.  I'm in my sewing room with silly TV on and putting these triangles together. 

Sometimes you have to be thankful for an overcast and soon to be rainy day to enjoy guilt free sewing. Well, I am only sewing in between staining the trim for the bathroom we are doing.  Can you say yippie it takes 6 hours in between stain coats!!

Alright loves, hope you are having a fantastic start to your weekend!  Wish me luck tackling this king quilt!

Much love for Japan


Betsy Brock said...

I'm so impressed! It's going to be beautiful and I love the combination of colors you have chosen!

Verna G said...

Looks great! I would love to try that. How big are your original squares?


Anonymous said...

ooooh!! Very cool. : ) Those fabrics are so pretty!
~Monika in Canada

Linz said...

Yea!! Looks like a lot got done! The quilt is looking great!! I can't wait to see more!

Impera Magna said...

Oh, how beautiful... amazing how cutting a 4x4 block and putting it back together... you end up with something very exciting! Great job!

Wendy said...

Amazing...love the technique!

Teresa said...

That is absolutely beautiful. I love how you're able to make something so intricate just by creative cutting. Can't wait to see the finish!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hello Christie! Vow - that's going to be really beautiful quilt! How much it can change just to cut them triangles and sew againg together! I wish you lovely week with Katie! xxx Teje & Nero

Jenn Bower said...

I love this one. I remember a few posts ago when you showed us the squares and I oooooooooh'd over the fabric then. I love how it is all coming together but boy I am I tired just thinking about you sewing up all those tiny little triangles.

Anonymous said...

it looks fantastic,well done

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