Friday, June 23, 2017


Does our templates look like this? ack..

Many of these templates are still in their original packaging. Why am I not using them?
I bought a new template at the quilt show
I still haven't used it. I have my favorite templates, and that is all I think about when it is time to cut.

While talking with my daughter, I added the side pieces to the bargain basement blocks. And now I have a puzzle. the cutting directions called for 3 x 9 1/2 inch rectangles to complete the block. The actual directions say to add the 3 1/2 x 9 1/2 inch rectangle to the block. I cut 3 inch hmmmm. It's measuring time!

I uncovered a baggie of twosies of red and white 4 patches. The bag had 100 written  on it. I didn't recount, but I did sew them together. I was going to do it leader/ender style, but they were so cute and addictive, I just kept sewing and sewing... tee hee they are so cute. I don't remember why they were left undone, or what they were meant to be. They are made from 1 1/2 inch strips and are 2 1/2.

another clean up job, is the leftover tumblers. from this quilt -what to do... I thought I could make an orphan block with them or, maybe, a border.  In the back of my mind, I felt that my piecing skills were not the best on the tumbler quilt, so I want to prove myself, too. But, like chips and salsa,  it never comes out even. I have to cut more light tumblers, so I am not really "getting rid" of the tumblers. sigh...
I used 2 1/2 inch tumblers and I tried a zig zag setting. This setting is much easier to be accurate. And it used a ton of little scraps.

I can see floor in my "studio" again, and bits and pieces of projects have been gathered together, and a few decisions have been made. But, tomorrow I will come clean about my string piecing mess. Does that happen to you? When you clean something, does something else fall apart?

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

bargain basement shirts

I have been accidentally working on Bonnie Hunter's bargain basement quilt from scraps and shirttails. Accidentally, in that, I have been cutting through scraps, and I ran into a batch of shirt yokes and cuffs and collars. I didn't think I would have enough to cut out the whole bargain basement, but I could make a dent in the cutting. I had enough to make all the 3 1/2 inch rectangles I would need. so any littler pieces went toward any other pieces I would need.

I was in luck when I found, while sorting, several 3 1/2 inch odd shirting blocks that I could use for the specialty squares. I had a few 4 patch and 1/2 square triangles that I could make work. It was so easy to keep going....

I found all the 6 1/2 inch strips I would need in the 2 inch bin of strips. It is amazing how easily this quilt is coming together. Such a happy accident!

I have been working on the bonus triangle black hole. I have pressed and counted and trimmed.

I should have some options for quilt with all that I am finding int the BIG bin that I have used to toss and forget.

unfortunately, the 2 1/2 inch squares that I had nearly used up in projects has filled back up to this. I don't really want the squares. I can just use strips when I need them but when that is the last bit of a scrap it would be wasteful not to cut them. I find these velveeta containers at goodwill and they are perfect for the squares.

I am in the mood to keep cutting shirts and parts. I forget how much I love the look and feel of recycled shirt fabric in a quilt.until I get to play with them again.
I found this pattern that I think would work with plaids. Although, my inspiration board has several, and I have a couple ideas from Bonnie's scraps and shirttails books. I love these books

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ribbon border

I like this, but it wasn't what I thought I wanted, so back to the drawing board, so to speak.

I needed it more dark then light. I decided to add black every other one.

It would have been better to have changed to a black thread, but I don't think it was obvious on the front so .. oh well.  I keep a neutral thread on my machine all the time. It works 99% of the time. I sewed twice using the bonus buddy. I love the bonus triangles

They finish at 2 inches and are so cute!There should be 96 of them in black and white and 96 in print and white

and the snowball blocks are finished as well

I didn't press the triangles at first so I could nest the seams. The black on the left and the color on the right.
I think that is better.

I am working on the hour glass blocks for this year's leader/ender challenge. I just need to finish the neutrals for my swap partners.

And it is back on the design wall. Progress is slowing since every seam has to be pinned and each seam is getting longer.

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Moving it Forward Monday 
main Crush Monday

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too cute tuesday

scraptastic tuesday

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Stash report June 18. 2017

I bought 4 scrap bags at the guild silent auction. I don't know how to count that so I won't :p.
 I have been cutting scraps down into useable sizes. I have emptied 3 grocery bags. My drawers are filling up, but the scraps are reproducing at an alarming rate. And I bought some more, because I love them them. There is something amazing about a little scrap of fabric, that seems almost free. So many colors and prints that I would never be able to purchase any other way. I love them. And I love cutting them for a reasonable amount of time. What I don't like, is that my accuquilt was so messy and overgrown with scrap weeds, that I didn't want to use it. So I hand cut strips and pieces.

That is just silly, so a clean up is in order.

I am only showing the showable portion of the mess haha. It was so bad on the other side, that I couldn't roll the tray to that side without really pushing it into an avalanche of throw off.

I have a day for string piecing, and a day for spinning wool, I need a day for die cutting and maintenance.

I have set up boxes and baskets for pieces that I want to cut into certain sizes. So, for an example, when I am cutting something I need for 2 1/2 inch strip I can clean out that bucket. The trays are big and wieldy so I am not going to switch them out for just a few strips. But I need to regularly cut through the buckets and boxes before they are overwhelming.

clean up is complete! now I don't want to make a mess by cutting anything. sigh...

 this is what I throw away after cutting -nothing very big or useful So a trash can nearby is essential and a pair of scissors.

Here is the beginning of a new batch of strings and crumbs

My categories are 2 1/2, 2, 1 1/2 inch, chunks for triangles, tumblers, small blocks. and definite triangles or hour glass blocks, and strings/crumbs
I have the 3 1/2 inch strip die but I prefer to cut that size as needed.
I love Bonnie Hunter's scrap user system
and Jo of Jo's country junction uses it too

I plan on hand stitching a binding today as we enjoy Father's day.......

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 221 3/4 yards

Fabric Added this Week:0  yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 174 3/4 yards

Net Fabric for 2017: 48 yards more used than added

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

string saturday and yellow

yellow is my official favorite color, followed close behind is just about every other color. My pineapple blossom blocks are finished in yellow. I tried another flippy corner ruler, but still love the corner pop from Studio 180 the best. I love the rainbow scrap challenge.

For String Saturday, I am working on a ribbon border for this string quilt. I would rather just do the string piecing for string Saturday, but I think I better include the other parts of a string quilt, or the stringing will just turn into more UFOs ( not that that is a bad thing)
I am using 4 inch blocks and 2 1/2 inch corners so that I can make the bonus triangles as well. I am using Bonnie Hunter's Bonus buddy. I use it alot and just love how easy that has made this little part quilting. It came with her essential triangle tool which is missing at the moment.

I have a few done and more to go

I have all the rows together for the Cindy Carter jelly roll mystery. The back ground is a light gray.

and the borders are made and ready to attach.

Orange crush is on the longarm. woohoo  on schedule for One monthly Goal

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Friday, June 16, 2017

peaches and quilts

We bought a bushel of Georgia peaches from the peach truck. It was our first time to do this. It has an itinerary of stops along the way through Tennessee and Kentucky and Indiana. The peach crop was damaged this winter, so there were no choices, just cling style. We needed to wait a couple of days to can them as we waited for them to ripen. I was afraid, there wouldn't be any left.They were so good on cereal, and ice cream and just sliced in a bowl. yum....

I had 2 jars break - so sad - and I don't know why. I may not have had the jars warm enough or the water too hot when I put them in the water bath canner.

I pulled out another project box that I have been taking on the road with me. It's time to put it together. This is a great jelly roll mystery quilt from Cindy Carter. I taught this as a guild workshop in 2013, but I didn't finish mine. I had the string blocks together but I needed to add the cornerstones and make a border. It will be a bright and happy quilt.

My string blocks went from this ..

to this...
and this

and de-papered.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Indiana quilt

For our guild show, we collaborated on an Indiana quilt to celebrate 200 year anniversary. Here it is finished,The quilt was displayed for the first time at the quilt show. And it will be donated to the Historical society to be hung at the Seiberling Mansion museum. I t is a wonderful collection of quilter's ideas about Indiana. We didn't realize that there were so many block patterns named Indiana puzzle, and all different.

for the back

for my string saturday, I finished 40 neutral 5 inch squares for zuckerwatte ( Bonnie Hunter pattern )

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oh scrap
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

adding borders to orange crush

I am adding borders to orange crush. And a not so funny story, ok it is a funny story. Time to laugh about it anyway.  When I started putting orange crush together, I lost 10 of the squares. I searched and searched and decided to make another 10 and move forward..... I assembled the top and needed to make 96 units for the border. There is some special genius math skills to get them the right size. And hooray! borders are coming together at the right size!

I have also been cleaning up my studio and parts unknown that I tore apart to look for those vacationing blocks. I discovered an interesting group of blocks that looked just like the 96 border pieces I just made for orange crush. sigh... So some blocks were missing, and I made them again, and some blocks I didn't lose, but didn't remember I had, that I made again. I have just about made this quilt twice. By the way. the borders are not telling where the other blocks are hiding.

I have made pieces for my sweet pea blocks from the Marianne Fons workshop.

They are bigger than the Bonnie Hunter Mai tai blocks. They go together very well. I like making  them very much and could easily turn this into a big quilt.

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