Friday, February 15, 2019

my tiny tuesday blocks

Great story. It has taken me this long to decide if, and how, I was going to quilt along with So Scrappy's rainbow sampler this year. I was feeling the pinch of being behind, and I wasn't sure how to envision it finished. I started looking for ideas.
I tend toward plain neutral backgrounds. I am chicken I guess.
I really liked Diann of Little Penguin's grey background.
and the prints background at  Jamie's L'fair.
and Susie's print knitty quilter.

I shopped online and added several great backgrounds to shopping carts. But, then I had an epiphany and realized I should use my stash. What a novel idea.

I decided on this crosshatch background in gray that looks print like, but also more black and white. Ha -a tribute to all three of my wishes. I had 3 yards  and Angela suggested 3  1/2  but I can make it work. right?
So I made the blocks. oh, I really like them. Oh, I will want to finish them. Oh,what if I don't have enough. I was pretty sure I had bought the fabric at Joanns, and it was a keepsake calico. I will look to see if they have any more just in case. And, then, I made 2 wrong cuts, and I knew I would be in trouble.
A trip to Joann to find there was the same fabric, but with a different dye lot and much darker. It wouldn't match at all. sigh..

Without telling you all the overthinking that went into this simple statement, I decided to go to a neighboring town and see if they had any of the old dye lot to match. Hubby said he would drive me (getting close to valentine's day) yesterday, and they had  2 1/2 yards of the same fabric. what a blessing.

The clerk checked on her computer thingy, and said the only other store in Indiana that showed having any of the fabric was in Bedford nearly 3 hours south of here.  Talk about a quilting miracle.

I think this will be a fun sampler. So scrappy will be releasing a new block every Tuesday in the color of the month. You should do it too.

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Whoop Whoop

Thursday, February 14, 2019

pumpkin border

I know I have lovely fall fabrics in my stash, but I couldn't find them fast enough - yes, I need better organization - so, I bought fabric at Joann for the border of my pumpkin jubilee quilt. And I am using the leftovers to make the binding. I have another quilt top in the to be quilted pile.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

star blocks

Sometimes, just the way I set my pieces to be sewn can make it a bit more fun and challenging so that it doesn't get boring. I was really struggling with the star blocks for the pumpkin quilt. I had sewn the same seams 3 different times and was a little antsy. So, I played a game of seeing how few moves I could make for each step.
If I put the hsts upside down, I could pick one up with each hand, and nest the seam, and start with the part that needed to match. So that it wouldn't shift under the needle.

I needed to add a plain square to the end of a set of two hsts. I set them like this in front of me, with the open end toward me.

I could pick up the triangle set with the open edge facing me with my left hand and the square with my right, and fee them through. One movement.

After all of them were done, it was time to add the plain square to the other end.

I didn't iron until I had them all together. And yes, those were my jammies, before the world was awake. A happy time to sew.

And a star is born.

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midweek makers

Bee Social
Silly Mama WIP

Oh Scrap

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


I've decided, the problem with templates, and why they stay in a drawer, is that they are not quilt patterns. And quilt patterns are so much easier to make. All the thinking has already been done, and my favorite part - the mindless sewing - is sooner. When I want to start something new, I look through my patterns and books, online, magazines, or what my friends are doing. I say ooo I like that one, and I am off to the races (quilting). But, I've noticed, a new tool or template interests me more than fabric anymore.
Like this new Block of the month

or this medallion quilt along at em's scrapbag

or the temecula church window quilt along

That is why I am challenging myself to open the drawer and use templates I own but don't use. What is in your drawer? hmmm?

I have no idea what to do with these adorable blocks. But I do like making them.

But, I am cutting them from every little scrap I find. At some point I will have to decide if I have a balance of light and darks, centers and points.

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Free Motion by the River

chameleon color linky

Oh scrap

Monday, February 11, 2019

good fortune - flakes

We had a, surprise to me, snowfall after church yesterday. It was beautiful. And, I decided I needed to go out and enjoy it. We drove through Highland park. And even though, it looks like black and white pictures, it is not, and there still was it's own kind of beautiful.

Both my husband and I had so many fun times on this sledding hill and the creek use to freeze and we would ice skate. Now, it is too dangerous they say. And no one was sledding.

I have had the center of good fortune done for a week, and just started adding the borders. The completer border is done, and I have started assembling the triangle border.

See my other mystery finishes here

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Stash report February 10, 2019

The border fabric I ordered, came this week for Christmas snowflake. hooray

I bought a border fabric for a fall quilt this week at Joann. I am a little out of season.

And on a whim, I bought a daily fab 5 at missouri star. I love the mini charms, and I have plenty already. I tend to buy them like I would candy, since I can't buy candy any more. I am pretty sure they won't kill my pancreas, or drive my blood sugar too high.
But, what can you do with just one? if you could actually open the pack? and really use them? problem solved - buy 12. haha.

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 21 yard orca bay
Fabric Used year to Date: 32 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 4.5 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 47.5  yards
net fabric: 15.5 yards bought more than used

I have a binding to do today for slow Sunday stitching, my favorite part of the week.

I sewed more than 15 minutes every day - still working on good fortune

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sunday stash at quiltpaintcreate

15 min to stitch at life in pieces

Saturday, February 9, 2019

yellow sunshine

I'm anxious to get started with the yellow for the rainbow scrap challenge for the month of February. I have the yellow row for wiggle time. It is such a cute quilt.

and the crayon pieced in yellow

I am going through the drawer of bigger hunks and chunks, and, either sorting them and refolding them. or cutting them into useable sizes. I needed 4 1/2 in strips for 2 of the rainbow quilts and 2 1/2 in strips for some of the quilts. Anything really little, I am cutting 2 1/2 in tumbler blocks or spike and valley blocks.

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