Chequerboard blocks

Posted by on July 6, 2011 in blocks | 2 comments

These are my blocks for July, I think they are great and would love to make a quilt using these in a pastel and white version.  I found the tips from Sara to make them enabled me to zip through them as I had made the yellow one first and that seemed to take such a long time I had left the others until this morning.  Using the Sara method I completed all the other 4 in no time at all.
  I am thrilled to have won in the Lotto draw and look forward to all the blocks arriving, hoping that they all make it to this far off land of Oman.  It is in the Middle East for those who didn’t know, next to Yemen and near Dubai. 
 Due to the very hot weather here I am staying indoors a lot more these days as it is they only way to stay cool with the AC on, and therefore have got a lot more sewing done.  I am looking for advice on buying a long arm quilting machine and frame and would welcome any thoughts or experience from any of you able to spare the time to write.  I cannot afford a vast amount and the frame and machine will have to be shipped here so that may limit my choice a bit.  Thanks in advance.
I have also bought a Rigid Heddle Loom recently and have been trying my hand at weaving and am attaching a pic of my first attempt, a scarf! 

Good luck to everyone in this months draw.
Jo from Oman


  1. Jo – email me offsite at for my info about long arm quilting. I use a midarm after investigating long arms. I have it on a Penny Winkle frame and quilt in an old cabin behind the house that I have wired for electric. I'd also love to hear about your learning with the weaving. I use a small rigid heddle loom in my high school class room to help beginning sewists understand the difference between woven and knitted fabric.

  2. Jo, your blocks are great … and your weaving is impressive. I know a couple of the quilters in our group do have mid-arms or long-arms. I hope they can help you out.

    Thanks for the geography lesson, too. I knew OMAN was in the middle east … but not exactly WHERE in the middle east. Americans are famously bad about geography and I guess I'm an example of that.

    I've added your blocks to the list.

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