Monday, September 25, 2017

grandpas star too

all the Grandpas star blocks are finished, and 1, 280 half square triangles are gone. I didn't have to make a single half square triangle for these blocks. They were the "bonus" triangles from flip and sew corners of other quilt projects. I had already sewed them at that time. More about this here and here

Those silly ends that have to be trimmed, and the wastebasket had walked off on vacation.

I have more glitter blocks finished.

I didn't get my stash report blogged yesterday.
There was really no change, so I wasn't as motivated to share. I have been using fabric but nothing to report yet.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

domino ufo projects

Have you noticed there is not enough time to do all you want to do? I have a problem with liking everything I see. I finished all 8 cutting garden blocks in orange for the rainbow scrap challenge. I already have a long list of rainbow projects for next year, thanks to all the inspiration I found visiting other rainbow scrappers.

I have a batch of nearly finished projects. Once the first domino falls they will all tumble down. That is certainly a fun part of quilting or anything.

more borders for the spirit of Christmas

the leader ender project is ready for the border decision

Borders are finished for EnProvence

Carolina crossroads is waiting for borders

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Grandpas star

I have yet another long time ufo in a project box. This is a wonderful quilt to use all the bonus triangles that I have been accumulating. And the blocks are really fun to make. And when I do the final pressing, it is just so fun to see what it became. I have some very old 1/2 square triangles that finish at 2 inches.

When I first started making Bonnie Hunter quilts, the blocks were more kitchen sink type blocks. Bonnie has refined her scrappy approach to a more color controlled scrappy style. So my bonus triangles, are now baggies that are one color. I don't know if any one quilt will make enough triangles to make it's own quilt. So that is a worry for later.

The pattern was from an Addicted to scraps column in the March/April 2012 quiltmaker magazine

the mock up of the quilt shows 80 blocks 8 x 10. I will have to see if I like it that way. I really like the look of just the block.

I generally sew the bonus triangles at the time I am sewing the original block. Then I throw them in a drawer. Every now and then, I open the drawer, panic at the chaos, and determine to do "something" with the mess. I have a couple of marathon pressing and trimming sessions, and then, count and baggie them. I usually love the process, and so I am more likely to use them and make them again. I am really happy that Bonnie has "invented" the bonus triangle buddy. I really use it, and it has helped with the trimming process.

When I opened the box, I have 28 blocks, only 52 more to go.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017


I had these started a few years ago and thought it would make a nice leader/ender project while I am finishing a few tedious parts of projects. I had nearly 30 blocks already made in the 6 inch size, and 20 un the 3 inch size. The little ones are so much fun and really bring out the smiles, but it will take a gazillion to make a quilt.

I have 30 more sets cut and pinned together.
And these are deep stash scraps.

The sets I cut with just 3 inch squares. The pattern calls for 2 7/8 so I just plan on trimming. All the squares are based on 2 1/2 in squares.

I don't rreally have a plan for them, so I don't know how many I need. I thought about something like this...

This is when I really wish I knew how to use EQ.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

civil war Christmas

Last week I took the black inner border off the spirit of Christmas quilt. I had put it on during an open sew, and I was just not happy with how it looked. I spent a bit of an afternoon with the seam ripper.
At home, I could use a good iron and spray starch and squared it up a bit. Time to begin again.

This time the little black border was great. And I moved on to the next border. Each time I was taking a little more time and effort to get it square and happy. There 3 more borders to go but I am pleased with the progress. I don't have to be in a hurry, even if my friend has already finished hers...sigh...

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Monday, September 18, 2017

rows of pinning

It is time to start the rows of Carolina Crossroads quilt. This part is a little tedious since I do better if I pin intersections and they are only 1 inch apart. That is a lot of pinning. I think what I will do is pin a row while I am watching tv in the evening and then sew it in the morning and then repeat.

It is always easy to put the first 2 rows together because they are short.

I have put this together as a leader/ ender while I worked on glitter blocks. I can make at least 4 seams while doing the background of one glitter blocks

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Stash report September 17, 2017

I went to a REAL quilt store with Linda friend. and a bakery. and a pizza place.
These fat quarters were in the dollar bin. I thought they were fun fun fabrics.

I loved the happy words on this neutral.

I thought this would make a cute back section for one of my Grandchildren.

I am hunting a country tan color of thread for my longarm for all the civil war type quilts that come in to be quilted. I really like this brand of thread, but I usually have to order it online. I couldn't decide which color, so I bought both.

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 318 1/2 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 4 1/2 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 279 yards

Net Fabric for 2017:  39 1/2 yards used more than added.

I don't really have any new stitching projects, so I will add a few hexies to my hexie quilt

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