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In progress…

I didn’t make a lot of progress on my 2011 WIPs. BUT that doesn’t mean I have to finish those before starting a new WIP list, right?  What’s a new year if not a chance to wipe the slate clean and start over?  Especially now that we’re almost a full 2 months into the new year.

So, here’s what I have going right now, in February 2012:

  • J’s Christmas quilt (remember – we’re wiping the slate clean, OK?)
  • Scrap Attack quilt (13 blocks down, 17 to go)

Well gee, that’s a small list…but if I really get going and write down EVERYTHING I’m working on (in my head or on my cutting mat) it’s just way too overwhelming.  So here is a small bite, it’s manageable, and it WILL get done.

Scrap Attack quilt progress

Cheers!

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Scraps

I’m working on a little project to use up some scrappy goodness gathering dust on the shelves.  I’m making simple 16 patch 12.5″ x 12.5″ blocks.  I’m mixing in a bit of aqua for cohesiveness.

Piles of 3.5" prints and aqua solids

I need a total of about 480 squares; 390 or so scrappy prints and 90 or so squares of aqua.  I’ve cut all of the solids and 232 prints.  The finished quilt should be about 60″ x 70″.

Even though I have a newish camera, I hate the light in my pictures.  If there’s any blue, EVERYTHING takes on a bluish hue.

Simple scrappy goodness block

I like to listen to audio books on my iPod while I sew.  I just finished the latest King and Maxwell book by David Baldacci.  My taste runs toward thrillers.  Mild thrillers, that is.  Can something be a thriller if it’s considered “mild?”

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A new project and March do. Good Stitches

I decided to cut into my stash of Anna Maria Horner fabrics.  I’ve been hoarding collecting them for some time now and finally found a worthy project to make, and someone for whom to make it.

It was my birthday last week and one of my gifts was Elizabeth Hartman’s book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork.  Elizabeth is the most amazing quilter – everything she makes is perfect and I have gone to her website for block ideas, free-motion quilting help, and just overall inspiration many, many times.  She is also, incidentally, a member of do. Good Stitches, though she’s not in my circle.

I wanted to make a quilt for a good friend in Cincinnati who I’m going to visit in April (I know, I’m biting off a lot with little time to chew).  My friend Gwyn and I are going together.  We planned this trip back in November when Jo El was visiting during a rough patch for my family.  Jo El is the kind of friend who will hop on a plane in a moment’s notice and will show up with laughter and love, and her friendship is truly a gift.  She is also a world-renowned heart researcher.  I am not kidding.  She is impressive in many ways.

Gwyn and I made this trip 2 years ago for Jo El’s 40th birthday party and spent a fun weekend just hanging out together.  We’re really looking forward to this trip again and I want to bring a little something as a thank you to J.

AMH stash

These are mostly AMH Innocent Crush with a few Good Folks in the mix.  Missing from the picture is my all-time favorite, Filigree in Meadow.  I’m not quite sure about the print 5 from the left, Good Folks Festival in Dusk.  It doesn’t really go with the solid border so I might have to substitute for that one – I’ll make that decision later.

Selvages saved, organizer cards ready

One tip I really appreciate from the book is how Elizabeth suggests cutting the fabrics and grouping them right away onto organizer cards.  It’s really a brilliant idea – it keeps everything together and there’s a real sense of accomplishment as each card is cleared and the block is completed.  You can use anything for the organizer cards; I used old file folders that I tore in half.

A 12-card project is very doable; my mind doesn’t bend around a 64-card project.  The pattern I’ve chosen is Kitchen Window.  This is a 12-card project.

12 organizer cards, organized.

I finished cutting last weekend but didn’t have time to sew anything together until last night.

The solids are Kona Berry and Quilter’s Only Solids in Tea Dye.  I hope I don’t regret the Quilter’s Only fabric (upper left).  I’ve never used it and it’s a bit see-through, but just a bit.  I don’t think that will be a problem.  I hope not.  Keeping my fingers crossed about that.  Trying to convince myself that it will be OK.  I just didn’t like the Kona neutral color choices available to me in the store and I really wanted a linen-look.  I think got it with the Quilter’s Only Tea Dye.

I finished 3.  Six Nine more to go [I don’t know what’s wrong with my math!].  These are really big blocks.  You can see one almost completely covers my cutting mat:

Moving on

March’s do. Good Stitches block for the Faith Circle (organized by Alecia) was the Stashbuster Block from Material Obsession Two.  To be honest, this was probably the most challenging bee block I’ve made.  I won’t say it was a hard block, but it required a lot more of my attention than usual.  Most of the time I can envision an entire quilt out of the bee blocks I make, but in this case, I am not so sure.  My points weren’t terrible, but they certainly weren’t as beautiful as Rita’s inspiration quilt over at Red Pepper Quilts.  To combat the points-not-lining-up problem the author suggests putting a doodad (yo yo, whatever) in the center of each block after the whole thing is quilted.

I scoured Red Pepper Quilts’ website for pointers (no pun intended) and realized that Rita didn’t use the pattern’s paper templates on her quilt; rather, she used a special acrylic template that she had on hand.  I think that might have made all the difference in how beautifully hers came together.  I think when cutting fabric using a  paper template you eventually end up with uneven measurements.  And we all know in quilting a little difference in seam allowances means a lot.  That said, I’m sure Alecia’s quilt will come together very nicely because there are a lot of talented sewists in the group.  And we’ve got good juju on our side.

Anyway, back to the basics.  We were asked to make two of these babies.  The finished size should have been 9.5″ according to Alecia.  I made mine and they were relative monsters at 10.5″ unfinished.  So I wrote to one of the authors of the book, Kathy Doughty,  and she replied (how nice!)  She said that her finished block was 10″ so I seemed to be on the right track.  In the end I didn’t even trim the sides because Kathy said the blocks could really be any size (finished) as long as they were all the same size when sewn together.  I’ll leave the final trimming to Alecia.

This is the block as first assembled.  I sent this picture to Alecia in desperation because my measurements were so off compared to hers.  After re-measuring her block and doing the math, Alecia decided that her blocks were the ones that were off.  So she remade hers (of course, I wouldn’t be a Catholic if I didn’t feel guilty about that. Grrr.).

I tried but no amount of ripping and re-sewing could make those points come together nicely in the middle.

My blocks were finished last Sunday.  I hope to get them in the mail today if I can get this post finished!

Stashbuster blocks without the doodad in the middle

Stashbuster blocks with the doodad in the middle

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January do. Good Stitches

This the only sewing I’ve done since finishing the Quilts for Kids blanket:

They are the January blocks for the do. Good Stitches bee.  They’re called X string blocks.  They’re so pretty with the white, in my opinion, but they weren’t exactly easy.  I think it’s just me though.  I wonder how long it would take to make an entire quilt of these blocks?  For me, A LONG TIME.

I’m always in doubt about my color choices.  The person creating the quilt is going for a nautical look and asked for fabrics in navy and blue with splashes of yellow and red.  The samples of blue fabric she provided included dusty blue, navy, and royal as far as I could tell.  This is what I had available in my stash.  I sure hope they work.  [FYI Mom, if you’re reading this, the dark blue fabric with the dots came from your stash – you made a dress for me out of that fabric when I was about 16.]

Here’s a gratuitous shot of my dog taken with my new camera.  My old camera (a Kodak) cannot compare to the new (a Nikon), even though they’re both just point and shoot types.  Love it.  It better represents the light when I’m taking the picture than the Kodak did.  I really struggled with that before.

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What’s up, September?

And what did you do this month?

Did you use your powers for good?

I did.  I made these:

for the do.  Good Stitches bee.  These were made with fabric from my stash and the recipient is a mother and her 1-year-old son.   Jennifer from Texas requested the blocks and is putting them all together.  I think they’re very pretty.  I only had to remake the one on the left twice.  Sigh.  And I ditched one that scared me – I was afraid they’d kick me out of the bee for the horror of it.  Here it is:

EEK!  Don’t scream – it’s really awful.  I can’t even believe I’m showing it here, but there it is.  I think my new one is so much more tasteful and pretty.  Well, if I do say so myself.

I also finished these for Jaclyn for Fresh Comfort 2 Bee

They were supposed to be six-minute circles but not when I did them.  They took considerably longer than 6 minutes each (funny – the directions actually broke down each step into how many seconds it should take.  Ha!)  Perhaps had I done 50 of them, I might have gotten it down to somewhere near 6 minutes, but just the freezer paper cutting took a minute.  Hm.  Maybe I’m not such a good cutter…?

One thing I realized recently is that my house really sucks for taking pictures.  I have the hardest time finding just the right spot to take the picture and doing it at night is simply out of the question.  Since I took the day off today to work on a major project, I took advantage of an abundance of light to take the pictures.  And still?  Not sure I’m really liking them much.  The first set of pictures were taken today; the others were taken in the morning misty rain (the scary block) and at night (Jaclyn’s block).  See what I mean?  For sure I need a new camera, possibly even a new house.  I’m working on both.

As for the project?  It’s done and in the mail and I don’t have to worry about it again for several months.  I can’t describe the feeling of lightness I have right now.  It’s so great.  I truly feel like I have a major weight lifted from my shoulders.

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Sewing Goodness

Now that the kids are back at school and summer is officially winding down AND the temperature is coming down, I’ve been able to get back to a wee bit of sewing.  I’ve finished these:

And I’ve joined these:

And I’m really itching to do this:

Of course, this is in addition to baseball, football, and soccer practices and games with a few baseball tryouts thrown in for good measure, and my usual volunteering.

Spare time?  What spare time?

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Sunday Stash

Here I present 6 yards of Hushabye by Tula Pink.  I WON these from the lovely Bev at 44th Street Fabrics.  That’s Six Yards.  Of Fabric.  Oh yeah.

44th Street Fabrics has regular giveaways on their blog.  Check it out.

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