Saturday, November 30, 2019

rainbow scraps

I needed the last color to finish putting the Irish chain quilt together. But, with the end of the year, I have lost momentum on the rainbow quilts.
I am guessing, I am concerned with getting all wips for the year nestled in their winter homes for the wait for the start of a new year and new goals. It's a myth I still believe, that January first all the ufos disappear into a happier place, and I can just start any old thing I want..... again.... shhh don't tell me...
I had a time to get the last 6 blocks made in purple for the end of the rainbow quilt.

And sew the rows together.
into happy colors

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

pineapple blocks

It was time to start a few more pineapple blocks. The ones I had been working on had reached the size I wanted. I try to keep a few going so that I will remember how to make them. I don't like that I have to reacquaint  myself if I wait too long to work on them. These blocks started as a gifted bag of scraps more here.

The second row is easy to trim. I can cut both sides before I move the template.

I am ready for the neutral row.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

this and that

It was a long weekend, I have been slowly cleaning for company and Thanksgiving. Not my favorite thing to do. So, I do it very slowly with as many distractions as I can find. I did dig the Christmas tree out of storage. So far it looks a little pathetic.
I made another sand castle block. This quilt is in the book string frenzy. I started it here and here and here.

...and 2 more florabunda blocks. This is a free quilt at quiltville- more here.

 ...and another row of basket blocks. more here

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Friday, November 22, 2019

more sand castles

The next step for the Bonnie Hunter sand castles quilt, is cutting the sets for the center block.
I had several strips set aside, but, I miscalculated, and, I couldn't get the whole set. I need to forage some more through my 2 1/2 inch bin to find more strips to cut. It won't be hard to find enough. sigh...

I couldn't wait to try one until all the sets were cut. And, I couldn't wait to see the string side pieces.

Oh, it is so fun. I am going to like this quilt. This quilt is in the book string frenzy. I started it here and here and here.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019


I thought I had too many baskets from a swap years ago, but, it isn't looking very big when I stitch them together. I can make each row another 3 blocks of 4.
I do like the crazy fabrics, and the idea that 3 quilter's had a hand in making them. Matching them, to sew them, seems a bit fiddly, but worth the effort.

I have tried rug hooking again, and it is getting more comfortable with time. I did get another snowman done for my rug. This one is sporting a hip polka dot scarf.

I haven't started my one monthly goal yet and november is coming to a rapid close.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

more courthouse steps blocks

I am starting to see what this wonky courthouse steps quilt will look like when finished. I am joining squares together in sections to make it easier to assemble. More here.
I have really enjoyed making this quilt in the evening when it is dark and cold. It adds a little bright. It is s free pattern from Bonnie Hunter at quiltvile.

I have November and December swap blocks sewn and ready to trim. Which means I am finished with the swap. It will be a top priority for next year to assemble the quilt. I hope. More here

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Monday, November 18, 2019

sand castles

I have been slowly working on bonnie hunter's sandcastles for most of this year. I spent the most time making 512 -4 patch blocks. The first step I took, was sewing the string blocks. I decided that I would cut them now and add the sashing strip.

The pattern calls for cutting 1 inch strips to each triangle. I decided I would do better with a bigger piece. I cut 2 inch strips, and sewed them together, and, then, I cut them in half. I didn't have to match anything since they would be cut apart. And, I have an accuquilt die for 2 inch strips -much easier.

They don't look equal in the photo but they are. I did these at friday group and have half of them ready to go. It was a great project for sewing with friends. No brain power needed.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019


At friday quilt group, I had a chance to layout the woven checkerboard quilt on the floor. Cynthia of Quilting is more fun than housework, had made this quilt last year and I really liked it. I have been making the double 4 patch as part of the rainbow scrap challenge this year. It is time to actually sew it together.

I also started putting the wonky courthouse square together in 4s. I can't wait to finish it. It is using up bits and bobs of scraps.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

garden party corner

I've made progress on assembling garden party. I have the second corner ready. I have everything else ready, it's time to do the long rows assembly, and see it together. First corner here.

I have been distracted by bonnie hunter's new free pattern wonky courthouse square. They are very fun to make. I am treadling the blocks every chance I get.

The butterfly bush is still holding onto it's fall color despite the snow.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

purple lantern block

I have another tiny tuesday block finished from the rainbow scrap challenge. I used a batting design board to lay the pieces the way I wanted them to go. I think the block was called lantern.

I sewed each row. The smallest purple went with the largest neutral, and so on.

And, then, I sewed the rows together. It needed a trim.

This blocks is set with a straight border finishing at 7 inches

We have had a big snow with single digit temperatures, We are not used to it this so early. But, it is so pretty, and, the colder it is, the more likely to include sunshine.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

garden party

I have a corner of garden party together. I am very thrilled with how it looks. That is why I am a scrappy quilter. I love how a quilt with disparate fabrics can look like they were meant to be together. If I wax philosophical, that is how great human relationships are created. Enough, deep thinking, scrappy quilts are just fun.  I started sewing this quilt 6 months ago, and I have made great progress.

I have already been thinking about 2020 and what I want to accomplish. Thankfully, this year has been about a great fabric upheaval, and sorting, and a bit of organization. I hope next year will be about settling into the new storage, and finding what I want to make. Especially if the fabric part of quilting is easily accessible.
I start rehab for my back today, and that could be the end of my energy for a time.
I am happy with my finishes totals for the last years and I want to continue.
I really like the rainbow scrap challenge, but I am not sure what I want to make with that, yet.
 I have a new rug hooking project gifted by someone who isn't in love with the project anymore. I am still working on the snowmen rug, so I won't start it right away.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

fantastic star

In an effort to catch up a back log of rainbow sewing, I have made a purple scraptastic star. I really like making these. I have 2 1/2 inch squares in little boxes and they are generally one of a kind. I don't usually cut squares unless that is the last possible cut I can get from them. I prefer to keep strips and cut squares if I need them.

A friend at a recent sew in had started making these trolls for Christmas presents. I think they are very cute.
I tried to talk her into doing a workshop with these.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

soul searching finish

I finished this quilt last week, but couldn't get a picture. I made it last year as part of the rainbow scrap challenge. Each month of the color, I made a block. By the end of the year, I had a quilt. I really like following along each month to use up scraps and to stay inspired. I have seen some remarkable quilters and their projects.

This quilt was great at using 2 1/2 inch strips of scraps. I tried to do a machine binding, and I am still happier with a hand sewn binding.

This quilt is part of my 2019 finish- along, my goals for this quarter are here.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

tiny purple blocks

I think the change of seasons, and the switch from daylight savings time, has messed with my motivation. I am still going about the motions of sewing, but, with little or no desire to get things done. sigh..
I have 2 more tiny tuesday blocks to add to the pile, but they took days.

I think, maybe, it is hard to get excited about anything at this point in the year. I don't want to start anything new until after the holidays. and I don't want to work on anything that I know won't be finished this year. hmm .

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

this and that

I had one of those sewing mornings, that I just couldn't figure out what to sew. I was in a funky mood and everything sounded blah. So I pulled out some oldies that are basically leader ender, until, I decide what else to do with them.
I used a bloc loc template set to make a few of the these blocks.

I sewed a few tumblers together.

I made 3 shoofly blocks.

And for added measure, I sewed two florabunda blocks.

And, then, I felt so much better.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

tiny blocks

I think these blocks are so cute. I made these last week for the tiny Tuesday sampler from the rainbow scrap challenge. I am a little behind in my blocks.

I am enjoying sewing the wonky courthouse blocks in the evening at my treadle. As long as I have the strips in the right size, I can get them done quickly. I often run out of neutral strips, and then, I have to go on a scavenger hunt to find more of them.

Today is a beautiful fall day with actual sunshine, and I have a quilt group meeting tonight that I am looking forward to attending.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

sewing rows

I have started putting the rows together for the quiltville garden party quilt. It is set on point, so, some rows go together quickly, and, some take forever. But, each row is so fun. I haven't laid it out, I just grab a block that looks good with the ones in the row, and add it. I try to mix my favorites, and keep an eye for the uglies. I started sewing this quilt 6 months ago, and I have made great progress.

I have another snowman finished for my rug. He is a little plain, but, he has a fancy scarf. It is becoming easier to rug hook with my back.

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