Saturday, May 23, 2020

row x row in green

My favorite kind of green. The poppies came with the house 30 years ago, and they bring joy every year. We used to call the purple flower sweet william, but, we found out we were wrong, but, now, I can't remember the real name. They pop up wherever they want and smell so good.

The row x row quilt doesn't call for dark green, but, there are two rows of lime green. I did the first row in January. I decided to do the second row this month to move it along.

I like to sew it with the square piece on top. I pin the center and the end, but, I don't pin the beginning, since, I get it right under the needle.

The pattern calls for green circles and white background, but when I cut them in January, I cut the white and the green on all of the die cut pieces. so it gave me the opposite for this row.

My rainbow projects for 2020 with links:
 Irish chain
row by row
scraptastic star
country road

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rsc20 super saturday
oh scrap

Friday, May 22, 2020

stars and stripes quilt finish

We had a small quilt store in our town a few years ago. It wasn't far from my house. I spent too much time visiting the store and the sisters that owned it. I took classes and participated in block of the months. It was sad to see them close.  One of the block of the months they offered, was a patriotic quilt. There is something magical about red, white, and blue quilts.
I am thinking this was 2013. The blocks were one a month, and, then, the setting was after the blocks were done. It was my one monthly goal to get it quilted this month, and, I am glad to see it finished.

On the back I used all the patriotic panel fabrics I still had in my older stash. I quilted with a fancy star allover pattern and used a stripe binding. I did the binding with my machine.

This is also a finish for my PHD 2020.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

bloc loc template

I have a drawer cart near my machine, and I sometimes just look down the labels of the drawers and, this time, I wanted to just make a couple of these star blocks using the bloc loc template set. It had been awhile. I don't work on these consistently. I think these are a fun diversion while I overcome what ever speed bump I have hit on my regular projects. It looks like I need to cut more of the light centers.

I started this block using a new bloc loc ruler. At the start, I cut, and cut, and cut scraps with the template. I had no idea what I was going to do with the blocks, so, I just cut.

I find I like the dark spikes the best. And, I like matching sets.

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Oh scrap

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

old world mystery 6

ok, yesterday was cold and rainy. Last week, it was cold and rainy every other day. I checked the forecast for this week - rain, cloudy, thunderstorms, dreary, showers. I might be getting a little tired of this. And I mean, everything this. We made a grocery run yesterday during senior hours, and there was less food than we have seen before.

We are trying to stain and seal our deck this summer, and, it may be the end of July before it will be dry enough. I did sneak a planting in between rain drops. It is too wet to till and plant the garden.

This clue 6 required 288 HSTs, so, I was not really quick with this clue. The reveal for the old world mystery quilt at Quilted Twins. was last week, and, there is some more piecing to be done before assembly. I may skip it just to see what the rest looks like in my colors.

My progress:
clue 1
clue 2
clue 3
clue 4
clue 5

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

to do

I did great with my list last week /this week. It didn't feel like I accomplished anything but, the list says I did.

Last week's to do:
1. finish a snowman for my rug - done

2. mow again - done - although it rained every other day
3. plant flowers - done
4. cut unity 3 - done

5. cut old world 6 - done

6. quilt birch trees - done

Next week's to do:
1. finish unity 3
2. work on unicorn quilt
3. customer quilt
4. make row x row green row
5. mow

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Monday, May 18, 2020

unity quilt 3

I tried to make progress on the unity mystery quilt last week. I have all the pieces cut, sewn and the stars sewn together. They are so cute, but, it seemed to take forever to make them. The reveal for old country mystery quilt came out and I really want to work on that. We have been outside more and I have been quilting on the longarm.

The flying geese were the littlest I have ever made. It was important to make sure the red was on the right and aqua on the left.

Did I mention they are very cute?

Unity mystery quilt is a quiltville mystery / quilt along by Bonnie Hunter.
clue 1
clue 2 A
clue 2 B

My other quiltville mysteries

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

stash report May 17, 2020

I have uncovered another bag of goodwill fabric from before isolation. According to the look of the room I am organizing, I could find many more. It's a blessing that goodwill is closed. Hopefully, I have lost the habit. that's funny. How could I pass these goodies, if given the chance. However, I do like having less fabric to organize.

This time I have finished birch trees quilt

3 cozies
Stash report  2020

Fabric Used this month: 26 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 124.25 yards

Fabric Added this month: 5.5  yards  
Fabric Added Year to Date: 69.75 yards
net fabric: 54.5 yards used more than bought

I sewed at least 15 minutes per day - that happens especially when we are staying home.

Last report I was working on this snowman. He is finished now, and I have 2 more to do for slow Sunday stitching.

I am linking to:

sunday stash at quiltpaintcreate

15 min to stitch at life in pieces

Friday, May 15, 2020

birch trees finish

I started this quilt as part of the rainbow scrap challenge in 2018. I made blocks according to the rainbow color of the month. By year end, I had all the blocks finished. I made string blocks, and, sliced them for the "tree" part of the block. By following the scrap challenge, it was never overwhelming to work on it.

It is about 68 x 80. I used a green sheet for the backing.

I have this quilt on my May one monthly goal and my PHD 2020.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

odds and ends

Oh my, I see in the picture, one of my shoofly has a HST turned the wrong way. sigh... I didn't see it before blogging about it.
In an effort to tidy around my sewing machine, I made a few random blocks. I need to attach a binding and if I don't clean everything will end up in a jumbled mess on the floor. haha
These shoofly blocks are made with the gifted hsts from the orphan adoption at Oh scrap.

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Oh scrap

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

shirt rows

I started putting all the pieces and parts together for Show off quilt, and, it went very quickly. I have all the rows together. This pattern calls for 9 1/2 inch squares, and is designed by the the quilted twins. They have a large selection of free patterns. I have a large stash of recycled shirt fabric, and I keep it separate, so, it grows. It is time to use it.

When I started, I was in no hurry, making the smaller pieces first. But, the blocks are big and it goes together quickly. It isn't even on a list somewhere, yet.

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midweek makers - I'm featured today

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

to do to plant

We ventured out to a rural greenhouse last week to get plants for the garden. It was a really enjoyable chance to to stretch our legs and get a little Spring in our step. The sack contains asparagus starts and the rest were tomatoes and peppers. It is still feels too cold to plant them, here, but, it is supposed to get warm later this week.

We start a few plants ourselves, but, we have best of luck with purchased starts.

How did the week go?

Last week's to do:
1. cut unity mystery clue 2 - done

2. cut old world mystery 5 - done

3. mow - done
4. cut shirt scraps - done

next week's to do:
1. finish a snowman for my rug
2. mow again
3. plant flowers
4. cut unity 3
5. cut old world 6
6. quilt birch trees

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Monday, May 11, 2020

unity 2 finish

Once I had all the pieces cut and sewn, It was finally time to make the rows for the unity mystery quilt. I have not done a medallion quilt before, and, I am sure it requires that the pieces fit for each round. It is a different approach for a mystery than Bonnie Hunter has done before now. So, at this point, I am a little worried about my piecing.

On the plus side, this was not the 800 pieces I am used to in a Bonnie quilt. It went quickly. And, tada, it fit nicely. It feels like a I have just finished a quilt - that is the plus of a medallion quilt. Each round, I can stand back and feel a sense of completion.

Unity mystery quilt is a quiltville mystery / quilt along by Bonnie Hunter. I am only on clue 2 of 6 or 7, but, I will catch up eventually.

clue 1
clue 2 A
My other quiltville mysteries

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

green challenge

I dug and found these little bits of green for wonky tiny stars, but didn't get them made. I don't even remember what distracted me.

I worked on tiny houses and country roads. I don't have a plan and number for these blocks. I suppose I will have to beef up the number I make each month, to actually make something, but, for now, I am just playing around with scraps.

My rainbow projects for 2020 with links:
 Irish chain
row by row
scraptastic star
country road

I am linking to:

rsc20 super saturday

oh scrap

Friday, May 8, 2020

mystery clue 5

Oh dear, the reveal for the old world mystery quilt is today, and, I am behind a clue. I was doing really well keeping up with the clues until, of course, the end. It is a stunning quilt. I am thrilled with it and hope my choices will be as lovely.

I needed to make a big mess with clue 5.

It was a bit like piecing a puzzle to find strips that were nearly the right size to make sets.

I cut the strip sets, and, then, needed to make more. This was a great stash buster. I have some oldies but goodies in the strips. It is good to see them again, but, good to see them go.

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