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Stitching & Listening - Hand Pieced QAL Block 5

This week's block for the Hand Pieced Quilt Along with Simple. Handmade. Everyday. and Elm Street Quilts turned out to be one of my favorite blocks so far. It is a variation of the traditional Ohio Star block and incorporated many of the piecing skills we have practiced over the last few weeks. The cutting instructions asked for some of the fabrics to be cut to 2 and 7/8 inch square, which made me nervous. I prefer to cut fabrics at quarter inch increments as they are easier to line up correctly on a quilting ruler. So, I was thankful my ruler had a smaller grid in the corner to help me cut the squares to the 7/8" mark!

All cut and ready to be pieced. I pulled some different fabrics from my stash to be included in this week's block. The fox fabric is my favorite part of this block. I picked it up on a trip my husband and I took last year. 

My husband and I had gone on a week long trip to Maine to celebrate our 20th anniversary. While we were there, I of course stopped in many different fabric and yarn stores. One of my favorite stops was at Alewives Fabrics in Nobleboro, Maine. This is a fabric shop that I had seen mentioned in various blogs and magazines, so I was pretty excited when I saw how close the cottage we rented was to their shop! The women in the shop that day were very friendly, and I had a lot of fun picking out some special fabrics to take home with me. It was fun to pull out that cute little fox print out and remember the great trip Brandon and I had this fall. 

While I have been stitching this week, I have been listening to "At Home: A Short History of Private Life" by Bill Bryson. This has been a a very interesting book. The author looks at history through the filter of each room in a home. I feel like I should be listening to the book with a notebook by my side, because Bryson will mention something that I would like to look up more about later. I may end up checking out a paper copy of this book just so that I can go back through and reread particular sections. Thinking about how homes began as more communal living spaces with one large hall and have evolved into places with more private quarters is fascinating. The chapter on the kitchen and different needs of servants over the years made me want to go back and watch episodes of Downton Abbey. If you are looking for a new book to read or listen to, this is one I would recommend.

My plans for Friday fell through, and so I ended up with a 'free day' at the end of the week. It felt a bit like a vacation day, and I loved every minute of it. My husband's work trip was cut short due to snow in Las Vegas, so he ended up with a day at home as well. We took a nice walk with the dog while snowed a bit here, and then I came home and hopped under a quilt to work on my piecing. Sadie decided there was not enough room on the couch for her and watched from the other side of the room. Unfortunately, the snow turned to heavy rain in the afternoon. Regardless, it made for a cozy afternoon with some stitching and my audio book. 

Here it is all finished. We are officially past the half way point with the Quilt Along and only have four blocks left to piece. Isn't the little fox the cutest?!?


  1. Lovely block! Thanks for linking up with the Hand Pieced QAL!

    1. Thank you! I have been having fun with this QAL :)