Saturday, July 11, 2015

American Ships Quilt Progress

Here is an update on My Ruby McKim 1936 American Ships quilt!

I've made some great progress since packing my sewing machine away for our move.  Who knew that all I had to do was stop sewing...ha ha.  What is a girl to do when your whole house is packed up and you are living out of a suitcase?  I'm so glad I kept this project with me.

I can definitely see how I am improving on my stitches since beginning this project.  I'm also getting a little faster with each one.

I like how I was able to bring in a lot of colors on this one.

I may have to redo the Monitor Merrimac.  The thread looked gray to me in the store, but after pulling it out and laying it next to the white, it is really close in color.  I wish I had thought to compare the two in the store.  Darn!  Fortunately it isn't a very detailed square.  After I buy some more thread, I will decide whether or not to keep it or redo it.

I do try to pull up images on the internet to figure out what color to do the flags in.  Sometimes the pics online are just black and white and I have to wing it.

I created a page tab above where I have all of my quilt squares displayed in one place.  This is going to be such an amazing quilt when finished.  I have a long ways to go yet, but I have completed 23 squares now.  There are multiples of the compasses and anchors to do.

I have 6 more ships traced to keep me busy during our move, but after that, I need to buy some more Kona cotton; I miscalculated and didn't buy enough when I first started this project.

We are enjoying our last few weeks in Germany now.  Europe is such an amazing place to live.  We are going to miss it, but I am anxious to return to the United States.  It has been a long time since we have been around family and our children are growing up fast!  I am also getting excited at the thoughts of walking into Joann's and other fabric stores--not to mention the sales on the Big 4 patterns!

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley