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Interruptions

I hadn’t counted on having so many interruptions today but there were lots of questions and consultations in both bathrooms. Since I just wanted to sew and not cut, I decided to pull a couple sets of 2.5 inch strips and make a scrappy bargello. I don’t use her instructions but Bonnie Hunter has a free pattern on her quiltville.com site if you’re interested. I’m probably going to make this 4×5 blocks and add a border but we’ll see. 

Blocks are done

I’m done sewing for the day but the Churn Dash blocks have all be cut out and assembled and I’ll work on sashing them tomorrow. That darker purple has more contrast that it appears to have in the photo.

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Although the black appears solid above, it isn’t, it’s a print. I use solid black occasionally but I think a print picks up less and shows less lint in the finished quilt so when I have a choice I usually go with the print. You can see it better in this photo.

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Strings

As of this morning there were just two items left on my to do list and over two weeks left in the month so I’m in good shape especially since I’ve technically just marked off one of them. My bright strings are still separated by color so I started another set of blocks for our Rainbow string project. I’ve got two more rows of blocks to piece – it will be a small one that I can quilt here. 

  

Odd

It’s an odd color scheme I know and it would be a lot easier if I had access to my stash so I could add in some additional yellows and golds but I’m hoping for “odd interesting” rather than “odd ugly” when the quilt is done. 

I drafted this one from an antique quilt a while back and I think it works well in red/white/blue.  

 
I’d seen a yellow/gold/gray quilt that appealed to me as being unusual so I redrew my quilt. 

 
I cut and sewed blocks all day …. I think this is one where the blocks actually have to be sewn together to get an idea of how it’s really going to look but again, I’m hoping for interesting rather than ugly! 

 

We had some conversation on HeartStrings about ugly tops and if they were worth finishing. It’s my belief that all quilts have value for their warmth and there is a need for quilts for the homeless so I feel free to experiment knowing that not every quilt I make will turnout great but they will all be useful. 

In the pink

🍀Happy St Patrick’s Day🍀

It’s always a special holiday for me but I’ve done absolutely nothing to celebrate as Keith is still out of town and doesn’t get home until tomorrow.  However, I have had fun in the sewing room and a nice long walk along the bay. 

I should be playing with green fabric today but I didn’t plan well. Instead I’m playing with pink – it’s late so the light in the sewing room is throwing the colors off a little but you can see I’ve made good progress on the 16 patch blocks. I just need 8 more and they’re cut and ready to sew.  
 
It’s late now and time to sit and bind. I finished binding the Strippie last night and now I’m working on my HeartStrings binding. I’ll get photos of both tomorrow assuming I stay up long enough to finish this one. 

Love/Hate

I may hate sashing quilts but I love, love, LOVE how this one looks with the sashing! You know I always drag out the assembly of quilts so this one will take a few days to finish up and I promise I won’t show another photo until the top is done. I will be writing and posting brief instructions for this quilt on the website in a day or two. I like to write them when the piecing is fresh in my mind!

  
I’m going to head out for a walk – my plans for the day were changed when Keith emailed this morning that he’d see me at 10:30pm because he’d told me before he left that he’d be home at 12pm today. It’s typical and along with flight delays, the reason I never cook dinner on the day he comes home. 

On my design wall

I have blocks!  They’re going together quickly which as you know are my favorite kind of blocks! I mentioned in my post yesterday the quilt is being pieced with a jelly roll and a piece of black fabric that was in the stash. Each block uses one strip from the jelly roll and there are 35 blocks in the quilt so I’ll have a few strips leftover. 

  
Some quilter’s find it difficult to look at a pattern or quilt and imagine it in different colors. One of my absolute favorite things about quilting is how fabric choices can completely change the look of a quilt.  This will look very different from both the antique quilt that inspired it and the drawing of the design I posted yesterday. 
 

How about a vintage Plus?

I think I might play with drafting this one or something similar too. I love vintage quilts! 

 
While I should have been getting ready for my company, I worked on some more plus blocks. I haven’t decided for sure but I’m thinking I’d like to Big Stitch hand quilt this one so I’ll keep it about 42 x 60 which means I’m already half done. I tossed them up on the design just to see how it was coming along and I’ll play with the arrangement of blocks more after I’ve made all of them. 

 

Just a few blocks

I’ve got company coming tomorrow for the weekend which means my sewing room will be a guest room but I couldn’t resist going in there tonight and making a few plus blocks. 

I have a 2.5 inch blue and green strip pack I bought from Craftsy (on sale of course) and decided to pair that with a gray – I have a thing against really light backgrounds especially for babies or children’s and donation quilts and I really would love for gray backgrounds to be one of the answers to that issue but the jury is still out on how much I’m going to like using them. For now, I’ve been collecting them and have started trying them out. So here are my fabrics for Plus 1. I’m going to use a single gray for the background. 

  
The blocks are super easy to make – cut 2.5 inch squares and 2.5 x 6.5 inch rectangles from 2.5 inch strips. Lay them out, sew the sides first then sew them to the center strip.  

 
Since these aren’t tessellating Pluses they’re really easy to make. Here are a few blocks with the ‘spacer’ gray rectangles.  

 

On my design wall

The woven top came down today and I put one of the 24 block sets of HeartStrings blocks up on the design wall and started moving blocks around. Decided that this setting needs to be a 48 block quilt so I started making and adding blocks. 

  
The plan is to still do this layout ….

  
….and this one too AND there a couple more ideas swirling around in my head so expect to see more of these over the next few months. 

  

Fast, fun, easy!

I finished 24 HeartStrings blocks for our rainbow challenge. There are so many options when making a HeartStrings quilt – I never get bored.  

 
String blocks are a great way to clear out those partial bobbins too! I’m going to have to wind some more before too long. 

  

A new start

Stephanie from HeartStrings posted a link to a Moda Bake Shop project called Simply Woven that she was going to start. Since it was one on my to do list anyway, I thought I’d join her and do a small version. My quilt will have 20 blocks, set 4×5, and measure 48×60. I made a start on it today – I think the hardest part will be deciding how to rotate the blocks. One of my strips doesn’t seem to have much contrast with my gray background but it’s not as blendy in person as it appears in the photograph. Since I’m cutting for just a few blocks at a time, my blocks will also need to be placed further apart so those greens or purples won’t  be so close to each other in the finished quilt. 

  

Something new!

Is there anything more exciting than starting a new quilt? Since I’ve done such a good job finishing and marking things off my list this week, I’m allowing myself to start something new. I love tessellating quilts but am usually too lazy to fuss with them since you have to make and place blocks in a certain order. 

This cover quilt looks easy enough and I pulled fabrics for it when I was in Big Canoe. I can’t wait for my cutting table to arrive, I hate having to bend over to cut on this table!

 
I haven’t decided how I’m going to finish the edges, or even what size I’m going to make, but for now I’m cutting 4 blocks out of each of my fabrics (I won’t use them all) and pinning one up on the design wall.  The lighting in my sewing room this time of day isn’t the best, these fabrics are much brighter than they appear in the photo. 

 

Wrapping up

I’m getting ready to hit the road for 3 and a half weeks so today and tomorrow I’m trying to wrap up what I can and get packed. Keith will be back and forth so at least I don’t have to worry about leaving the house empty.

First up today was finishing all the blocks for the RWB Brick quilt – it will be waiting here on my design wall for me to assemble when I get back.  The quilt would look great with a border or two but I love quilts without  borders and the antique quilt that was my inspiration didn’t have a border either. I’ll just bind this one in a darker blue. 

 So much for this quilt being the leftover quilt – I still have a bin full of the RWB fabrics used so I’ll have to come up with a few more ideas but for now, this bin is going to be tucked away.  

 I’ve got all my supplies I’ll need in GA set aside and we’ll pack the car later today while Keith is here to help. The only thing I didn’t get done this time while I was home was finishing the hand quilting on the little 16 patch top but if I don’t knit at all today or tomorrow  I just might be able to get it done. 

One patch quilts

I love one patch quilts and it just so happens that the leftovers from the Chevron Rail Fence top were perfect to recreate an antique quilt I found on eBay. It’s super simple and I’m flying through making the blocks. If it looks kind of sloppy up on the design wall it’s because I’m not pressing the last couple seams on each block until I have them placed where I want them.  

 

On my design wall

I wa overly optimistic when I thought I’d finish these blocks before my trip tomorrow. I have 25 done and the stripsets are made for the last 10 blocks but they’ll have to wait until I get home next week after my visit to Mom.

I’m using the fabric I have here and don’t have access to my stash so I’m not sure about those lighter blue blocks. If I was in GA, I’d probably stick to darker blues but since I’m not, I’m debating whether to line those light ones up in a row like I have them here or to scatter them. There are two more blocks that use the lighter blue so I’ll make them them first and decide when I have all the blocks up there. 

 

It feels so good to be making spending time with my knitting and quilting and making progress. 

On my design wall

All my BowTie blocks are done according to the pattern and up on the design wall but I have enough fabric for more blocks so I made 12 more 4 patches and have the center squares fused and ready to blanket stitch down.  That will give me one more row in width and another in length. I’ll probably make the border a little narrower than in the pattern but I’ll wait until I have the blocks finished and the center assembled before deciding.  

 

I’m still searching through bins. We have an empty bedroom for now so I’ve got them spread out there rather than in my sewing room.  

 

Our current HeartStrings project goes through August and I’m thinking these leftover fabrics will work well as center strips for a small top. They’re not exactly light centers but they’ll look great and I won’t have many scraps left over from the BowTie kit when I’m done.  I’ll have just enough for 4 blocks out of each color and I need 24 blocks for the top. 

 

And the results are …

Sharon in ME has a real talent for putting fabric together for her HeartStrings quilts and it’s been fun to try my hand at it. So after laying out the strips yesterday and making my final fabric choices and placement, this is what my blocks are looking like …. I like them – do you?

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You can see that when arranging the blocks there’s a “block A” and a “block B” that emerge

If you’d like to try your hand at making a Sharon quilt – we’re following these guidelines

8 fabrics – I yard each ( not all of each fabric will be used)

All strips cut 2 inches

Corner triangles same fabric on both sides of the block from 4.5 inch squares cut on the diagonal.

This is a planned quilt with the strips in the same place for each block.

Maybe not so obvious as I thought

I asked Keith what he saw yesterday looking at the blocks on the design wall and he didn’t get the right answer … I probably already mentioned where I’m going with this quilt in another post but I think it’s pretty obvious what my blocks are supposed to be … Any guesses?

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A better day

Chesty isn’t throwing up and his stitches are looking good so he’s having a better day but unfortunately he has some ongoing renal issues which will continue to challenge us.

I’m not looking for advice …. I have a healthcare background and he receives excellent veterinary care so I’m confident in my ability to make the best decisions about his care but I know there are many of you that are concerned about him so I thought I’d let you know how he’s doing.

We did spend time in the sewing room today …

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Walking
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