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Monday, March 25, 2013

Design Wall Monday~March 25

My blog today will be short and sweet. Just like me!

I couldn't stand my sewing room. There were piles everywhere. You know how you pull out fabrics trying to make decisions and then don't put it away? I found I was having to move my stacks off the ironing board onto the cutting table and vice versa to accomplish anything. So I got busy. It's not perfect but certainly an improvement. Notice I added the cute piece to the top of the armoire. I wonder how long it will last?



And yes, even tho' it doesn't show, there is no more fabric sitting on the dog crate!

I was productive after that and got three quilts basted and ready to quilt. Too bad I have to do my taxes today! But tomorrow, or later today if I'm lucky, I will start quilting those three. I have to, personal goal, get two done this month but would be thrilled if I could make it three!

And I love hexies! I only needed about sixty for this doll quilt I wanted to make. They were fun to do but I was rather nervous, I'm a worrier, about sewing them together. But here are the first five and I found them easy. Of course, I am not a perfectionist so someone else may not think I've done such a good job but they all look good to me!

 Now I'm worrying about taking the "paper" actually card stock, out. I wish I had read the blog that suggests punching a hole in the paper before using them to make them easier to remove. See? I'm already worrying about that!

Have a great day! Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Design Wall~March 18

I had to have a finish! I was getting desperate. I've spent so much time on blocks....for Block Lotto, for the Row Along and the on going Pineapple project. And I wanted instant gratification. So....I made, and finished a doll quilt. Yay! It felt so good that I picked out an unfinished doll quilt from last year and finished it. One new quilt and one UFO! Good job! Okay, maybe I should have been working on larger UFO's but we do what we need to do.

This last week I was given another bag of fabric trimmings, leavings, leftovers, scraps. Whatever you want to call them. This bag was more like what I expected the first bag to be like. No yardage. Truly leftover odd shaped pieces. I put in my "sweat equity" and now have bunches of ready to use squares, already cut to "my" favorite sizes. Last night I looked at my "Scrap Attack" board on Pinterest and think I have chosen my next scrap quilt. I don't believe I will start that until next month, which is only two weeks away, as my list for this month is still very long.

So the fun continues! I hope you are making progress on your personal projects.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Design Wall Monday~March 11

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get inexpensive fabric at a church sale. Now, due to the generosity of a friend, I have more fabric and this time it was free! This friend, Pat, makes quilts for children in Africa. She has gotten a whole circle of women to help. Even women that don't sew, are cutting fabric or in some cases, tying the quilts, although most of the quilts are machine quilted by the women.  They throw away many of the trimmings and I had said, as I love scrap quilts so much, that I would take their trimmings. I really do find cutting fabric into usable sizes soothing. This last week she gave me a  bag full of fabric. Not a small trash bag and not a thirty three gallon bag, but somewhere in between.  There were scraps in there, but also lots of yardage. Boy was I surprised!

This is a picture of the pieces that were about one yard, up to three yards for one piece. In the background you can see the smaller pile that I was going to cut into smaller pieces. Yes, I do have a system, as many do, for cutting and sorting scraps.

Here is a picture of the pieces that were anywhere between a quarter yard and half a yard(ish). Now looking at these fabrics, there are many that YOU might not use, but I subscribe to the theory that all fabric is pretty if  cut into small enough pieces. So as long as I have room, I will continue to keep, and use, these fabrics.

Smaller piece pile, uncut. You can see that green in both the bigger pieces and the scrappier pieces. One was very irregular shaped so it got cut into squares and strips.

And here is a picture of the smaller pieces, cut into, what are for me, usable pieces. The triangles were already cut, I just added white and squared them up. I'm such a lucky girl!

This last week Lori Holt released the directions for the last row of her Row Along. It's tulips. How perfect for spring! I've not had a chance to start them but I plan to have them done in the next two days. I love the rows, I know I will love the quilt when it is complete but mostly what I have truly enjoyed, is the new techniques for completing some small designs. Many that will translate, perfectly, into doll quilts. I am going to do more doll quilts!

I tend to be a little behind the curve. Or is it behind the wave? Last year everyone seemed to be into hexies and I just wasn't. It could have been because I had worked on some yo-yo's and felt I didn't need another handwork project. But I have been bitten! I want to do some hexies. Small hexies for doll quilts. I've ordered a template and papers. I'm too lazy to make them myself and I'm willing to wait for the products to arrive. This years trend, so far, as been scrappy Trips Around the World, but I had already done one so I've not joined in. The other favorite, right now, is chevron quilts. Again, not appealing to me, but if the hexies are an example, next year I will be doing chevrons while everyone else has moved on to something else!

Oh! I just remembered. I have a confession to make. I made a new quilt top. I'm not supposed to as long I'm behind on my 2013 UFO goal, but what the heck? It's my rule. What happened is this.....Sophie issued the directions for the new Block Lotto for March. The block was simple, it had to incorporate gray and white, and another color of our choice. I was going through my scraps. This particular tub, has pinks, purples and blues. My intent wasn't to limit my color choices to these colors, but that is what happened. Then I started making the blocks and liked them so well, that I decided rather than waiting to see if I won the lottery this month. And then having a multi colored scarppy quilt. That I would make some blocks for me and also donate some to Block Lotto. Donating means you don't want a chance to win any of this months blocks. So here is what I did with the thirty blocks I made myself.  Isn't that limited palette pretty?

Boy I've been long winded today!


Monday, March 4, 2013

Design Wall Monday~March 4

First things first....did I meet my goal of 4 UFO's finished by the end of February? Unfortunately no. Did I make progress on the last one? Yes, I did! Thanks for asking!

I can give you a couple of excuses. Excuse one.....we started doing a jigsaw puzzle on the kitchen table, the only table large enough to layer even a small quilt. Excuse two...Our little Chunk girl was diagnosed with IVDD and is on total crate rest. 24/7. So I'm worried and packing her around in her crate to make certain she does not feel alone. Who knew that 10lbs (without the crate) could feel like so much? So I am emotionally drained, plus there is a toll on my shoulders and back. But being fair. Those ARE just excuses. Thinking outside the box, I could have layered it on the floor. I could have layered it on the cutting table, while narrow, with a little effort it could be done. Or I could have layered it on the sewing table, after moving everything. Again, narrow but doable. I was just lazy. I was ready for something new, rather than something old.

Soooo, instead of working on the oldest UFO. I continued to work on my Pineapple blocks. Those are beginning to get old to me too! And Block Lotto Blocks. At least those are new and fun. I read the instructions, pre-cut much more than for the nine I wanted to finish for the swap and spent time sewing. The pattern and colors are another good pick by Sophia. How does she manage to do it after all these years? Unfortunately I was having so much fun putting the blocks together with fun colors that I forgot....EACH ONE was to have a white, a gray, and a color of my choice. Whoops! Why do three blocks have the first two rows of pretty colors but nary a gray or white in sight? There are only three rows to the block. How am I now going to incorporate gray and white? Darn! I was having too much fun putting the colors together from all those precut sizes that I forgot about the gray and white rule. Oh well! I will unsew those at a later time. For now I have plenty of precuts to accomplish nine blocks.

If you haven't tried Block Lotto, you should. I've had fun. There is no pressure except a challenge to use different colors and skills each month. And that is only for the months you have time for extra blocks. And you could win! I have had very good luck with Flickr swap groups and with Block Lotto. But was very disappointed by the quality of the fabric/work on a lottery type swap on Facebook. So, if you have tried a swap and have been disappointed, try again. Try Block Lotto.