Friday, August 14, 2020

jamestown landing finish

I have a finish for my one monthly goal and PHD 2020.

jamestown landing is a Bonnie Hunter pattern from her book string fling. It finished at 85 x 96 and used about 25 yards of scraps. I used a free motion swirl pattern on my longarm. I used my sewing machine to attach the binding.

I started this quilt in March 2013 in a class with Bonnie Hunter at the heritage quilt show in Bloomington Indiana. I put it on the top 2020 list of quilts I wanted to finish. And, I made it my goal for July to piece the top. And, my goal for August to finish it. My top 2020 list are those quilts that I would hate to see unfinished over my lifetime. I have way too many to choose from to add to the list. I am afraid I am a great starter, but, not finisher. This year, I have finished 14 ufos on the list. I chose this one, because, there was a lot of work already in the quilt that I really liked.

my jamestown progress:

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

shoofly too

We had a bit of storm damage Monday night, and, some of our city was without power.
we had a tree fall on our pop up camper.

And our poor catalpa tree was ripped a bit. We saw hunks of leaves 2 houses down from  us.

It looks like we cleaned out some of the dead branches from the trees.

I am working at the longarm, and, haven't had time at the machine, but, I am still trying to get through the shoofly blocks.

more  here and here and here

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

to do: cut more

I have had a little fun with Bonnie Hunter's new leader / ender challenge. Easy Breezy is much easier than shoofly. With shoofly, I felt I had to practically make the block, before I could go back to my regular project. I went through my 2 inch strips, and, I collected a small batch of 4 matching squares. I didn't have as many as I had hoped. I will need to cut more from strips. But, I did get to play with a few blocks.

I am still chasing down the last of the shoofly blocks to finish making the pieces I have had cut. I think I have a dozen more to go.
Here is my start for my easy peasy block. And here is the link to the free pattern.

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Monday, August 10, 2020

tile blocks

I was intrigued with an antique tile quilt. And, Suzies scraps tutorial on tile blocks made easy. Suzie  blogs here. The quilt block uses charm squares and a 9 patch. I had a charm pack and some 5 inch squares that I thought would blend well together, so, I gave it a try. I switched parts of the blocks of  2 squares. I might like it better if I switch parts with more than 2. It is a big block that needs trimming, so, I think it will make a quick donation quilt.

I have found some cute blocks and tutorials on Suzie's site that I will be trying, just for fun. I want to try the hourglass blocks and the pinwheel blocks.

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

purple country roads

I dug out some purple 1 1/2 inch strips, and, cut a few country roads blocks for the rainbow scrap challenge. This month is purple. I really like purple, but, I don't have a lot of it in my stash. I probably have more scraps than yardage.

I found a few "I don't know what color" strips that had purple in them, and, now they are useful.
My rainbow projects for 2020 with links:

Friday, August 7, 2020

piecing progress

I've been trying to move a few projects along. I am not sure why it is taking so long. I have been a little flighty with other sewing.
I have a few more words together for my quote quilt.

And, I am trying to catch up my shoofly blocks. I had a lot more sets cut than I thought. I may be at this awhile.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

wedding ring block

Awhile ago, I mentioned that I had a bag of squares that were cut a little off. And, that, I would have to trim, and, cut for something new here. I made sets of the pieces I would need, and, then put them in a drawer. I forgot about them, until, I was checking for something and found them again. I was able to piece one lonely block. I am going to like them.

I couldn't fit another piece of 2 1/2 inch fabric into my temporary drawer. It wouldn't close. It was time to sort the pieces by color and put them, with their friends, in the permanent drawer. I keep the temporary drawer near my cutting table. I throw any 2 1/2 inch strips in as I cut them.

But, guess what? Now, I have permanent drawers I can not close. haha I especially have too many blue 2 1/2 inch strips. Any ideas?

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

workshop to do

I lead a workshop Saturday for making donation quilts for my quilt guild. I love how everybody has a different vision for what they are making. And, everyone of them is wonderful. 
I like that Cindy's back ground was black and white prints.

Julie was using 30s prints, and, chose lavendar to sash her blocks - nice

Kathy was using a great combo of brown and black and grays. It was elegant

Jean was using scrappy blues.

Sandy was using batiks. They were lovely together.

Jan was using I spy fabrics and solids - very cute.

I showed them how I make my little wonky stars. Everyone tried one, but, I didn't really turn anyone to the dark ( scrappy) side.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

august goals

My One monthly goal for August includes making a top from my letters for my quote quilt.

I want to finish Jametown landing, which is a top at this point, and, I want to quilt and finish my windmill quilt.

I want to find blue ridge beauty and figure out what it needs to become a quilt.
I participated in a swap last year, and I want to start piecing it. It was our version of circa 1880.

This may be pretty optimistic for the dog days of summer, but, I am sure I will at least make progress. All of these are ufos that can be part of PHD 2020

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

something new

Ack - never in my life, did I think I would make anything with 1 1/2 inch squares. strips maybe, but, not squares - too small and hard to get accurate. But, Cathy started making these adorable blocks, and I watched, and the next thing I know, I made one. And, then, another one was done. Oh no, what happened. I really like the blocks, and I like making them.....very much
I love the quilting community and all the inspiration floating around.

I have very few 1 1/2 inch squares in a cup by my machine. Usually, if I am using 1 1/2 inch strips, and I get it smaller than 3 1/2 inches, I throw it in the string box, instead of cutting it down to a square. So I will probably make more of my blocks from strips sets.

My biggest worry was that I wouldn't have any 1 1/2 inch strips long enough in solid colors. I figured I would need 1 1/2 wof strips. I have solid strips, but, not always 2 of the same color. I may actually have to cut yardage.
The peach solid was the first one I found.

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

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rsc20 super saturday
oh scrap
UFO busting

Friday, July 31, 2020

Shine a little

I realized that I didn't have very many blocks done for one of my rainbow scrap challenge quilts, if, I was going to have all the blocks done by the end of the year. hmm. what was I doing wrong? I needed to  make 2 of every color, but, there wasn't 2 of every color cut. I didn't cut the whole thing at the beginning...sigh

It won't take long to catch up with the blocks, now that I have figured out what I need to do.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

more letters

I went to quilt guild last night. It was short and everyone wore masks. We were at least 10 feet or more apart. There was no program. Our quilt show for October has been cancelled until next year. I will be leading a workshop on Saturday. There are only 5 signed to come, but, we will have plenty of room to spread and stay away from each other. I am having trouble hearing with masks on, so it might be interesting.
I have been concentrating  on the small words or parts of words for my quote quilt. I have a lot of trimming to do. With all the little bitty pieces, there was some wonkiness. Once the words are together, I will need to decide how I want to join them.

I am making this as part of my rainbow scrap challenge for last year. some of my letters here and here

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

to do: shoofly shoo

Nothing like a new leader/ender project ( easy breezy ) to motivate making the old leader/ ender project ( shoofly). I feel a little pressure to finish the shoofly blocks I have kitted, before, I forget, and, move on to something else. These are the 4 1/2 inch size, and I don't think I would have another use for the tiny HSTS pieces. For a few years, Bonnie Hunter encourages us to try a new leader/ender project.

more  here and here and here

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Monday, July 27, 2020

jamestown landing is a top

There is a funny story to my Jamestown Landing quilt.
When I heard that Bonnie Hunter was going to be in Indiana at the heritage quilt show in Bloomington, I was on the registration page at the very first minute. Jamestown landing was already sold out. I did get into the pineapple blossom class which was first. It was a great class, and, I asked Bonnie if there had been any cancellations for the Jamestown landing class in the afternoon. She called the coordinator in and asked her. There was. but, I hadn't brought any fabric for that class. So, during the break, I went shopping. There was a booth with scrap bags and I bought a couple of blue scrap bags and a neutral one as well. Others in the class gave me strips in blue from their collections. It was a sweet little personal miracle for me.

Now the top is done in time for my one monthly goal.

my jamestown progress:

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