Sunday, February 8, 2015

4 X 7 Sewing Challenge Update

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I had some success and some failure this week on my sewing challenge.  I did sew/prep at least 30 minutes every day on my cross blocks. I had planned on kicking off my sewing on Sunday during the Superbowl, but ended up cutting fabric, which was a great help for the week, because I pretty much had enough to keep me busy. Then the rest of the week I worked on sewing and ironing. First I completed the 20 from January that I started and then I went to work on a new batch of a little more than 20.

All went well until yesterday, when I had hoped to finish last weeks batch.  But alas I sewed the wrong side of the rows together in 2/3 of the blocks, which meant ripping and sewing again.  I did that last night and got the blocks sewn but not ironed.  This morning I ironed them and completed 25 blocks. Here are a few of the completed blocks.

This morning I counted and I have 80 blocks, which includes bee blocks I've received so far from the Compass Quilters, the 20ish for January, the sample blocks I made and the 26 I did this week.  That means I'm just over 25% done....yeah.  I also cut out more blocks this week at different times when I had a spare moment or two.  So I'm hoping to get another 25 blocks done this week, although I think I'm going to have to find a different container to hold my completed blocks.

I got the lid on, but just barely.  I also did a count of how many of each color I have.  I want the colors to be some what balanced. Not exactly the same number in every color but not 100 pink and 15 of each other color.  I am already seeing a trend...with 20 pink, 13 purple, 12 blue, 9 yellow, 7 green, 7 red, 7 brown/black and 5 orange. But I'm not concerned because most of the blocks I did last week were using scraps from my Looking Glass quilt which was pink and corals. I do need to get some more orange into the mix.

I'm excited about next weeks blocks because I got my Tula Pink Moonshine bundle and started cutting it.  I love those fabrics so much that I just had to add some to this quilt. Right now I count scraps from 11 quilts that are going into this quilt and there could be more before I'm done.

I am linking up with Sarah at Berry Barn Designs Week 1.  It is not too late to join in and do some selfish sewing this month.


  1. I was so excited for you, Shauna, when I read "80 blocks done"... until I saw the rest of the sentence ; ) But I hope the next few weeks allow you to make some awesome progress so you can get to 100% soon!

  2. I love using fabric from one quilt to another. So often, I can remember exactly which quilt a piece of fabric went into when I see it again, years later! Other times, I can't for the life of me remember who I gave a certain quilt too. That must mean I've made a lot of quilts!

  3. You made some great progress... but you must be working on a BIG quilt! Keep up the good work!

  4. Oh wow, the 4 x 7 challenge seems to be working great to make progress on the plus blocks. I'm glad you were able to recover from the seam issue so quickly.

  5. Argh! I should have sent you more so you would have almost 30% done by now! :)

  6. Sounds to me like you had a very productive week! What size are these blocks? I love to be able to grab a few minutes of sewing here and there, seems to help me get more done.

  7. Great progress, I love a good plus quilt!


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