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Friday, February 14, 2014

Sarah's Revival Update

Happy Valentine's Day!

In honor of the day, I thought I would share some red and white.  It has been a while since I've done an update on this project.  That is probably because it has been a while since I've had anything to share!  But as I mentioned last week, I have a goal for the Olympics to get the four center blocks done.  They are identical blocks and the only ones to use red and green.  Before I could work on them, I needed to finish the other two blocks I had underway.  I usually only applique one at a time, but I also have one all basted and ready to start.

I drug this poor block around for months working on it a bit here and there.  Needle-turn applique is like other things--the more you work on it, the better it gets.  This block really suffered because each time I worked on it, I hadn't touched it for probably two weeks!

This was the block I already had basted.  Before I began it, I basted the red fabric on the four center blocks.  With back-basting applique, I find that the longer the basting is in, the easier it is to applique.  I can baste and immediately start the needle-turning, but giving it at least 24 hours makes a noticeable difference.  

Betweeen these two blocks, I crossed a milestone--the top block was the 18th out of 36 blocks.  The second block is the 19th, so now I'm more than halfway done with them!!!!!!

I decided to lay them all out to admire them

So far I've gotten the red done on two of the center blocks and have the green basted over the top.  I'm now working on the red for the third block.  I'm excited to see how a finished block will look--that and the fact that I'm spending lots of time watching the Olympics is really helping me keep focused!

I hope everyone has a "sweet" day!


  1. What wonderful blocks. Loving the Olympics too. xxx

  2. Wow, very impressive! This is going to be beautiful when finished.

  3. Wow! These blocks look so good already, I had to Google "Sarah's Revival quilt" just so I could see what else you could possibly be planning with them . Jaw officially dropped.

  4. Looks great - If you are not already, you'll be an expert at applique when you are done! I wasn't familiar with this pattern so I looked it up. Beautiful! Good for you for taking on such a challenging project.

  5. These blocks are gorgeous !

    Happy Valentines Day !

  6. Congratulations on passing the "half way" point on this project! So beautiful....

  7. They look great laid out together. How long have you been working on this quilt? I've been working on another one of her patterns for 3 or 4 years now. I wonder how she finishes them so quickly!

  8. Boy - these blocks are all Gorgeous!
    Congratulations on the progress you have made so far!
    This quilt is going to be such a treasure!

    Wishing you a Happy Valentines Day!

  9. Ooo, so PRETTY! Hope you have a sweet day, too! Keep up the good work!

  10. It's just lovely!! You do such nice work!!!

  11. They are gorgeous blocks! You are going to have a classic quilt when all it done, for sure!

  12. Wow, JoAnne! These are all so fantastic! This is going to be one spectacular quilt! Awesome job!

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