Evening in the Garden Quilts

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String Top Assembled

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Yesterday I got the string blocks sashed and assembled.  I’m really liking the small size of these quilts (40″ x 60″) for quick, fun construction.  I said I might use a few pins, but I didn’t use one!  The sashing was Kona Snow, cut to size, with cornerstones, and it stuck to the blocks like velcro.  I had no problems getting this together.

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The result was termed, “Bright and cheerful”, which is exactly the look this customer requested, so I’m on track.  Today I’ll sandwich both quilts and get started on the quilting.

Hope you’re making good progress.

I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

 


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Progress on Commissioned Quilts

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I finished the first of two tops for a customer.  These are both 40″ x 60″ quilts to fold over the backs of love seats.  They will replace antique quilts that don’t need the wear, tear, and washing that these will be able to handle.  We’re using Kona “Snow” for a slightly softer look than bright white, and I’ve had fun working with it.  These 96 5″ HSTs came together quickly.

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The 40 6.5″ string blocks will take a bit longer, but you know I don’t mind sewing these!  They’re not tecnically “strings”, since I’m cutting yardage to width, but the same process, using old phone pages.

Hope you’re making progress and staying warm.
I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


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Progress on Scrapitude

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I found a few hours on Monday and Tuesday to get caught up on Step 4 (parts 1 and 2) of the Scrapitude Mystery Quilt that many of us are doing through Sandy’s blog, Quilting for the Rest of Us.  It went together very quickly and very neatly.  Occasionally, I had difficulty turning patches correctly, but that was my own perceptual problem.  I quickly learned to check before I sewed!  I am pretty happy with the way this is turning out.  It is very scrappy.  I wish I had used more variety in the largest triangles, but I think it will be fine.  This is my first mystery quilt, and the scrappiest thing I’ve done so far.

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I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday and Scraptitude Linky Party.


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WIP Wednesday: Brights and Pinwheels

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This week I’ve been sewing as much as my back will let me, since I don’t think it would be any better to be out slipping around in the cold and snow.  The Brights quilt took FOREVER to quilt, it seemed.  Some of that was probably short spats of sewing, some of it was ripping out mistakes experiments, and some was that it has a lot of quilting.  It’s all finished now, except for being trimmed and bound, and I’m happy with it.  Maybe I can show it on Friday.

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On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, many of us on Twitter made our own versions of the Disappearing Pinwheel quilt from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, here and here.  I’m using large scale florals, and switching out the centers.  The background doesn’t photograph very well, but it’s a light peach, toward the orange side.  I’ve completed a dozen blocks, and it won’t take long to finish the rest.  I’m not completely sure what I want to do with it, but it has been fun to work on with folks from all around the world.  Here are a few photos, and it’s worth checking back to see more.  Our fabrics choices are very different!

Hope you’re making the progress you would like, and staying warm, if you’re in the eastern US!

I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


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Work in Progress…Thursday

Well, I missed the linkup, but I’ll put this out here anyway for those of you who follow.

I have finished the stitch-in-the-ditch stabilizing quilting between all the blocks on the Brights quilt, which means it looks like nothing at all has been done to it.  One tip I remembered as I did this was to stitch in the same direction on both sides of each row of sashing , so that it wouldn’t distort.  You can probably guess how I learned this…

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Today I’m on to quilting the sashing, probably with wavy lines using the walking foot, and then fmq-ing the blocks and borders with paisley designs.

 

Meanwhile those enablers quilters on Twitter, known as the #Twilters, have drummed up a new quilting bee.

PinwheelsWe’re all going to make our own versions of the Missouri Star Quilt Co.’s “Disappearing Pinwheel”

quilt.  Find the links to the tutorials on Gretchen’s blog, 120 Blocks.  We’re going to work on these

during our Martin Luther King Day Sew-In ( #MLKSI ).  In typical #Twilter fashion, this is morphing into a whole weekend of fun and silliness, so check out the blogs and podcasts to see what’s going on.  Google Hangouts have been mentioned (still no success fixing my webcam…), and there will probably be a Flickr group, so you can participate even if you’re not a Twitter person.  I hope you’ll join us.

This is a perfect project to use with two layer cakes, but I don’t have any, so I dug into my stash.  I  came up with a great batch of large-scale florals and big dots/circles, and this peach blender to serve as my solid.  After editing for contrast, the dots failed to make the cut, but I’m excited about what I have.  I’ve starched, pressed, and cut my 60 10″ squares, and I’m ready to go on Monday.  Or sooner

if they talk me into it.

 

And the new step has been released for Scrapitude, so I’ll be plenty busy.

 

Hope you’re make progress on something.


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WIP Wednesday: Triangles

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This week I’ve been playing with HSTs in grays and aqua through turquoise.  I’m trying to do something interesting with the color transition, but I don’t know if I have.   I sewed half of them together wrong, so I had to rip apart my nice, pressed open, unstretched blocks and sew them back together, probably all stretched out.

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So it’s coming.  Slowly.

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Also, I completed Step 3 in the Scrapitude Mystery Quilt at Quilting for the Rest of Us.  Each of these steps is pretty quick, and we’re skipping December, so you could certainly catch up if you want to join us.

 

What are you working on?

I’m linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


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WIP Wednesday: Pink and Green Strings

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So far this week I haven’t worked on any of the goals on my list.  Instead, I’m off on a fun tangent with a new string quilt.  On Sunday I bargained with myself that if I would just do some long overdue paper work, I could dig into the basket of pink and green strings under my cutting table. These are the leftovers from about three different quilts, plus some other oddball salmon pinks I was glad to use up.  I divided the cabins by color, rather than value.  It seemed to work.  And, for once, it seemed to make a dent in the strings!  These are 12″ blocks.  I’m working on a theory that a smaller size, like 9″, is a more efficient use of strings, as well as a more convenient size the press, etc., but I might have to make another one to test that out…

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I was just going to piece a few blocks.  So I pieced 35 wonky log cabins.  And then assembled them into a top. And now I’m quilting them.  Just seemed like the thing to do this week.

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No fancy quilting on these busy blocks.  I’m quilting long lines on the diagonal with the walking foot and some beautiful thread.  If you push enough tables together, you can support any quilt!

What are you working on?

I’m linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


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WIP Wednesday: Stars and More

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I’ve finished half of the ditch quilting on Oh My Stars, and I’m thinking about what to do with the green background.  I’ll probably stipple it.  I looked at the Flickr page(s) for this Quilt-a-long, and that’s how most were done.  Go over and look.  There are some gorgeous quilts there, and even a couple of Christmas ones.  Gotta love the red background!

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I needed pale green thread to quilt the background, so I ordered some from Superior, and it came crazy fast.  Thought I could take a couple of days off, but, nooo, my thread is here!  So pretty and fun to get in the mail.

 

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Today I interrupted the quilting to pull fabric for a quick, super-secret project.  Check over on Twitter if you want to get some clues.

I hope you’re playing with fabric today.

Yuri

 

I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


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WIP Wednesday: Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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A little unseasonable snow this morning can’t hurt as I continue this Christmas sewing.  We heard there could be flurries, but it really was surprising to look outside this morning.

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Even before there was a trace of snow, I got back to work on my Christmas version of Oh My Stars, the quilt along from Sheila at Thought and Found from two years ago.  Obviously, I didn’t quilt along very well with everyone else.  I got so behind that I put it away, and I really fell out of love with the project.  I’m sure seeing Jaye’s beautiful version progress this past year has spurred me on, and I put it on my Getting It Done List for this month, so that I will have something to use come December.  I hate UFOs!  When I got this back out, it was so stale, some blocks were made, some pieces were cut, but I had no idea what or why, or where I was going next with it.

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I made a few more 12″ blocks and fiddled with other things while I got back in the mood.

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My fabrics have large-scale prints, so I never intended to make all the very detailed versions that are offered in this project.  I chose 3-4 of the simplest patterns to show off the fabrics, which I love.  Here are some 8″ blocks.

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And some more.

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And some more.

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And here are my 4″ blocks.  Do they look more like gorgeous mixers?  I took yesterday off and DH and I went on a leaf drive that included a visit to the KitchenAid Experience in Greenville, OH.  They offer factory tours and cooking demos, but not while we were there.  It was a quilter’s dream of color.  They have good deals on refurbished mixers and blenders, too.  If I didn’t already have a (white) mixer, I know DH would have bought me one, he was so taken with the colors.  So I still need to make the many little blocks.  I doodled possible layouts for the quilt while waiting for dinner.

I hope you’re playing with fabric.  Or colorful mixers.

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I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


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WIP Wednesday: I Won!

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I’ll show you a little bit of new sewing in a minute, but first I have news to share.  My “North Dakota Landscape” won the judges choice in mini-quilts in the Holiday Memories Mini-Quilt Competition over at Celtic Thistle Stitches!  I’m so excited.  This is the first year for this contest (thank you, Fiona!), so there weren’t a huge number of entries, but go over and take a look.  They are really great entries, with diverse ideas for portraying vacations from all over the world.  So I am honored to win.  AND…I won a batch of Oakshot Cottons, which was exactly the prize for which I was hoping.  Thank you to everyone who advised and encouraged me in one of the few landscape quilts I’ve ever done.

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I paper-pieced this little tree  (please hum carols- so far all I’ve gotten is a Halloween carol!).  I think it turned out beautifully, but I am not making another anytime soon.  I like to sew big patches together.  This was a pain.

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I cut and sewed a bunch of triangles together for Step 2 of the Scrapitude Mystery Quilt over at Quilting for the Rest of us.  These are only part of that, but I did finish the step.  I found that I used a lot of a few medium and dark fabrics for this particular size, instead of being really scrappy.  I hope that doesn’t mess me up.

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And I’ve been working away at the garden: harvesting, pulling, replanting, mulching.  At the risk of jinxing it, we’ve been having beautiful fall weather.  I hope you have, too.

And I hope you’ve been playing with fabric.

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I’m linking up WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.