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WIP Wednesday:  Finally Paper Piecing

There hasn’t been any sewing here for a few days because we traveled to see the solar eclipse.  Yes, it was too brief, but it was amazing and we had a wonderful time.  Due to my DH’s good planning, we avoided the crowds and most of the traffic, and it was fun to be part of the pilgrimage.   Our hotel in Owensboro, KY, passed out glasses, Moon Pies, and Sun Drop soda, and we enjoyed the very beautiful Riverwalk.  Then we traveled to Elkton, KY, which made us welcome on their small courthouse square.  There we spent hours with about two hundred people from several states and countries in a very festive gathering that really added to the enjoyment.  A shout-out to the kind Courthouse ladies who welcomed us and even had an emergency repair made to their restroom so we could all be more comfortable!


Last week, though, I finally got down to it, and made the four paper-pieced blocks for Layer Cake Explosion by Angela Gross (find the pattern on Craftsy).  It has been a while since I paper-pieced, and I will admit to flipping and fussing for a while until I got the hang of it again.  I’m not really sure why this block is paper-pieced, and I almost just sewed it conventionally, but I decided it would be good practice.


I pre-cut my fabric shapes and it went together easily once I got my head around it.  I chain-pieced the sixteen sections, and it went quickly.


This is not the final layout, but it’s getting closer.  I still have to cut sashing strips and setting triangles.  And I need a bigger design wall!

I’m sorry if you’re getting wacked with wind and rain, but this cool front has brought me delightful sewing weather and I hope to make some progress.  Hope you do, too!

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Sunday Stash Report: 8/13/17

These past two weeks haven’t seen much sewing, but I did complete these wall hangings from printed panels.  This picture was taken before they were washed and dried.  We were talking over on Twilters! about whether or not to wash them.  Often I don’t, if I didn’t use marking on them for the quilting.  This time they seemed very flat and the invisible thread quilting didn’t show up much.  I like them much better now that they’re poofier.


Also, I caught up on the current clue (lower right blocks) for the Pacific Stars mystery by Charlotte Scott.  These won’t count out of the stash until the quilt is completed.


This week:  +  0 yard,  – 4.25  yards

This year:  + 75.25 yards,  – 89.50 yards

Net destashed added in 2017:  14.25 yards

Keep using that stash!


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July and August Goals


Before I talk goals, I want to share things from two other blogs.

I am completely in love with this top made by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts!  It’s a modern use of a traditional block, and the colors!  Oh!

And BadAss Quilters Society has some guidelines on copyright infringement (stealing).

I was partially successful in completing my July goals.

July Goals

  1. Make blocks for Kat’s July/August Covered in Love block drive.  Yes!  And even mailed!  18 blocks.
  2. Continue with Layer Cake Explosion, whichever step I’m on.  Um, no, I put this off because it’s paper pieced, then my printer fritzed.
  3. Continue with Pacific Stars.  Yes!  Clue 3 complete.
  4. Experiment with some kind of floral, layered art quilt thingy.  (Vague enough?) No.  Nothing.

Bonus:  I made The Last Zebra baby quilt.  Got those scraps out from under my sewing cabinet.

 

August Goals:

  1. Finish piecing Layer Cake Explosion.
  2. Continue with Pacific Stars.
  3. Make Christmas wall hangings for my shop.
  4. Make a scrap quilt for donation.

 

I know many of you have far less sewing time than I do, but I’m enjoying seeing you working away at your goals as you can.  Keep it up!


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Sunday Stash Report: 7/30/17


We have had beautiful weather here in my part of Ohio.  It’s tempting to work outside all day, but it’s also cool enough to sew, so I had a personal sew-in this weekend.

Just a little change in the numbers this week.  I purchased a yard of red and white striped fabric that will make good bindings.

Then I used two and a half yards to make these blocks for Kat’s July/August block drive (if July got away from you as it did me, you still have a month to make any kind of star blocks in red, white, and blue.  I love seeing fabrics from past projects as I make donation blocks, buts here’s a take on the way others may view your scraps.

This week:  +  1 yard,  – 2.5  yards
This year:  + 75.25 yards,  – 85.25 yards
Net destashed added in 2017:  10 yards
Creeping along, but I’ll get to 50 yards.  Are you using your stash?


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Sunday Stash Report: 7/16/17


Hope you’ve been enjoying Palindrome Week- every date this week is palindrome!

No fabric was purchased, and I completed this baby quilt, so there’s a little progress.

This week:  +  yards,  – 3.5  yards
This year:  + 74.25 yards,  – 82.75 yards
Net destashed added in 2017:  8.5 yards


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The Last Zebra Finish

IMG_2861This is the last one of these, I promise.  I’m all out of the fabric, even the scraps (I have a few flannel giraffe squares, but that’s different.)  And this quilt may be my favorite.

IMG_2866This was not on my list to make right now, but when I saw Christa’s post about her scrappy half-square triangles, I knew that was the right technique to use with the scraps I had.  I combined them with a soft green print and a gray and white stripe, and I like how much softer the look is.

2017-07-09 18.26.32I quilted it all with the walking foot.  First I stitched in all the ditches using silver Bottom Line.  Then I auditioned three green variegated threads for the the decorative quilting.  I chose the So Fine (Superior) on the right, just because it was the lightest.  I always prefer bold, contrasting colors (hence all the dark threads in my collection), but I wanted to keep this soft and blending.  Light thread looks okay over darker fabric, but dark thread on light shows every wobble.

2017-07-10 16.40.16I like minimal, asymmetrical lines of quilting, so I kept thinking I was finished.  I did want to do enough to hold down all of the fabrics, including the small pieced triangles.  When I put the last rows of stitching in, it all came together and I knew I had it.

This one’s for sale in my Etsy shop.

Looking forward to seeing your finishes.

 

 


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Sunday Stash Report: 7/9/17

2017-07-08 11.53.58You know all that progress I had been making on destashing?  It went out the door this week.  I guess it could have been worse, since I was shopping at the fabulous Fabric Shack.  And they’ve just opened a new annex..  So I limited myself to these…17…yards.

I went for a few basics (the best prices on Kona solids), but also found the sale fabrics at the bottom of the photo for backs to a couple of current projects.  They’ll all get used pretty soon.  And I have half the year left to reduce my stash!

This week:  + 17 yards,  – 0  yards
This year:  + 74.25 yards,  – 79.25 yards
Net destashed added in 2017:  5 yards

2017-06-27 18.42.32Here’s a photo for you, in case you have too much color in your life.  Either it’s raining cats around here, or Yuri hopes he’s camouflaged while waiting for a chipmunk to come by.

Good luck on sewing up your stash!