Monday, November 20, 2017

patriotic quilt start

I've had a chance to start the patriotic boxy star quilt. despite the bleeding issues here and the holiday busyness, I like them. Boxy stars is a free pattern at

 I have several ready for the sew and flip corners. When I am done I should have 160 bonus 2 inch triangles to use in another project.

In between, I have been sewing 1/2 square triangles for Holy Toledo quilt that I started a while ago and discovered I had not cut enough triangles to finish.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Stash report November 19, 2017

I've had a little trouble staying focused on any one thing. Which makes it difficult to blog about anything. I spent some time at Grandparen'ts day in Martinsville.
We watched Matthew and Quinn perform

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 2 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 353 1/2 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 353 1/4 yards

Net Fabric for 2017: 3/4 yards added more than used.

I am hooking this as a chair pad for the dining room. It is an old vintage kit that I bought on Ebay. It included the wool to hook it but in a size 3 or 4. Very tiny, so I will be changing the backgrounds to something else that I can cut bigger so it might get done in my lifetime.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

early Christmas present

Hubby made an early Christmas present, and I am soooo excited. I dread ironing big quilts on a regular ironing board...
 He cut the plywood 22 x 62
We used 4 layers of batting and an old wool blanket. It works like a dream.I tried it on my finished top of En Provence. What I noticed is, that as I sprayed water on it, I was able to iron it dry better. I won't be able to quilt this for this month's one monthly goal as I have 5 customer quilts to do first, and they are for Christmas. I am so grateful they are not waiting until the last minute. So mine will have to wait.

On my list for next year's rainbow scrap challenge is Almost Amish by Jo and Kelli Kramer ( Jo's Country junction) I have it all cut and ready to go. It fits in the brown month.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017


It is all ready for borders. I had to really give myself a talking to get it this far. I love it, but I just don't want to sew it. En Provence with civil war fabrics...
I have been working on my Poppy rug/pillow
 I don't like the background that I bought. I think it is too dark. you can see it between the leaves and the flower at the bottom. So I am thinking I will try to dye something a little lighter. But I also need to pick the accent fabric for the piping and the back. Right now I like the grunge at the top. What do you like?

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

red, white, blue

I have let my 2 1/2 inch strip bins get overfull. I can't close the drawers  they are in by color. Blue and red are the fullest. No problem,  I'll just cut a quick red, white, and blue donation quilt.

I decided on boxy stars, since it is quick and easy and I could just grab a bunch of strips and cut 2 1/2 in squares and 4 1/2 inch rectangles, and 6 1/2 inch rectangles.  There was no appreciable difference in the drawers of strips sigh...
This was just a group I used to cut, there is more in the drawer....

 After I had 80 small blockscut  to make 20 big blocks, I was reading somewhere about a blogger with bleeding fabric issues in her quilt. Oh Oh... both red and blue are notorious for bleeding. No problem. I'll just dunk them in water being careful not to agitate the strips and cause ravelies.
 Bummer ... The blue water was very blue, and the red water was very red. I am glad I caught that before it was a quilt, but will that be good enough? I am a scrappy quilter. This poses a problem.

I gave the washed quilt pieces some fan time on the dining room table. So much for quick and mindless.

They were keeping marigold blossoms company. These were drying for dyeing wool, but that's another story.

Boxy stars is a free pattern that can be found here.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

scrappy rag rug

I have finished another rag rug using my homemade rug loom. I had an entire bucket of fabric that didn't make the cut even for a string quilt, so I used them in this rug. It measures 28 x 38 inches and lays so perfectly flat on the floor. That is why I love them better than crochet or braided rag rugs. The technique is called twining.
I made the frame here.

 I have a new quilt on the frame with a music theme.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

cheddar again

I haven't forgotten about the cheddar sampler. I took photos of the rest of the blocks and laid them out together.

leaf block

missouri star
I don't remember

cups and saucers

It's time to add the sashing

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