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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Cutting Up

I went to sew with my friend today.  My usual Saturday activity.  Today I cut and cut and cut.

First I trimmed up all my envelope blocks that I had completed sewing the night before.  Bonus, my friend drove me to drop them off.  Glad to have that off my list.

I had a spare so saved my favorite to substitute in with those that I receive.  Can’t wait to see what I get.

Remember the box of treasures I showed a week ago?  I made two kits from the animal prints.  Actually I made one full kit and got a start on a second one.  I rejected the idea to work with the Christmas prints for now.  My friend wants to work in Halloween prints so I’ll be pulling those out to kit up a few quilts.

For that second kit I just need to choose a few more animal prints and a background fabric.  I want something vibrant.  Stay tuned on the kit making.

Finally, I pulled out my peach 30’s fabrics and started cutting Peaches and Dreams.  Three different strip widths are used so I cut one of each width to get me started.  I’m anxious to start sewing but time ran out.  I hope to get back to it this week.

Wow that was a lot of cutting!  I think I have a good selection of fabrics and tones here to give good variation.  I think I’ve met my OMG goal already so will concentrate on kit making and Peaches and Dreams for the remainder of the month.

Hope you have a great sewing week.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Pfeffernusse Borders

I made this top with leftover parts from the two Orca Bay quilts I made.

I’m contemplating a border.  Do I NEED a border?  Not really.  But if I can come up with something interesting and complementary then I’ll go for it.  The black and white HSTs are all scrappy.  I have a limited amount of the greens.  I might be able to get more but haven’t checked.

I do have leftover green HSTs and could finish the corners then just finish off with black and white slab borders. I could make more black and white hourglass blocks.  Someone suggested piano key borders but I’m not a fan of those.  I’ll pull some fabrics and start playing with ideas.

What are your ideas?  To me this looks like the star lite candies and I bought a big hunk of fabric
 with that on it for the backing.  The greens don’t match or I’d be adding that as a slab border.

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Sewing Saturday

I had my usual sit and stitch Saturday.  I actually snuck in a few hours the day before.  

Fridaygoal one complete.

It’s even DD approved!

Saturday I started work on the envelope blocks.  The hardest part is choosing the fabric combinations.  I had started picking and cutting block by block.  It seemed so slow and tedious.  Finally, I stopped and selected the fabric combos.  Then I just had to cut and cut and cut some more.  It took a lot of time with the added pressure of them being due by the 15th.  I still have to cut the background but have selected a gray for all of them so the decision is made.  I’ll be sewing like crazy this week!  Here they are for your viewing pleasure.  The lower right corner shows one block without its background.  Of course one set blended with the gray so I chose another background.

I also chose some fabric to make kits from.  I’m going to cut several using the Thread Count pattern which is the quilt shown at the top.  I did not get time to play with it but it’s gathered.  One from animal prints the other from Christmas.

Finally I have a quilt that I feel needs a border but what?  I’ll show that next time.  Bring your design hat!

What are you working on?

Friday, April 02, 2021

April OMG 2021

Multiple goals again.  It’s kinda my thing.

1) Finish topping my Thread Count quilt.

2) Make 30 envelope blocks for a swap.  Those are due April 15th and I’ve been procrastinating.  If I just choose the centers that will give me the boost I need.  The picture is a sample and not my own.

3) Cut Peaches and Dreams and start sewing.  No plan to finish in case I have to get more fabric to bump up my contrast

4) Kit up some more projects.  I have lots of ideas swimming in my head.  I’d like to do thread count in other color ways so thought I’d pull fabric for those while they’re fresh in my mind.  I have a set of FQs that I bought a long time ago at the Houston International Quilt Festival.  I had a project in mind for them and would like to get that put together now.

Linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for April One Monthly Goal.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Thread Count

That’s the pattern name not a reference to fabric thread count.  I had bought the pattern two months ago.  When I showed it to my friend she grabbed the pattern and ran.  She cranked out her quilt top in less than two weeks!  Here is her quilt.

I started cutting my fabric Saturday.  Sunday I subcut the strips and started sewing.  I was short on my background fabric and did not have it with me so finished cutting what I needed and finished sewing the strips today.  Then the fun of the layout!

This is the one I’m going with.   I hope to have a complete top by Saturday.  I added two more rows than the pattern called for.  I used less than a yard of background fabric.  Each row can be cut from a FQ or long 1/8th.  I have plans for several more!

What’s under your needle?

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Peaches and Dreams

I acquired a few more FQs.  I was trying to get more fabrics on the darker end of the spectrum.  In the process I thought I could use a few more on the light end.  Not sure how well I did.

I’ll be sprinkling in a cream too.  That will help with the contrast.  This is a Judy Laquidara pattern.  Her blog is under construction.  She may lose everything so I cannot point you to a link.  Fortunately I had written notes before this happened so I’ll be able to recreate it.

What’s under your needle?

Saturday, March 27, 2021

March OMG 2021 Complete

I had to go back and read my goal to make sure I had it all?  Three goals for the month.

1) Complete Marching Band by Atkinson Designs

This was to be for my daughter but she was surprised how white it was.  I had bought the fabric again because I wanted to make myself a quilt from the same line.  So now I have a quilt top and have to make her one.  I think I won that one!

2) Make a quilt kit from my scraps.

I won’t show them all again but I actually made 10 little quilt tops.  Two of the favorite ones are pictured.

3) I took the challenge from Prairie Moon Quilts to make something with a panel.  I had everything laid out and was not liking my mitered corner plan.  While searching for another panel to gift to a friend I came across a panel of motifs that coordinates with the panel.  I checked with the LQS where I got the panel and they had it!  Here is my final completed top.  Much happier with this result.

I’m linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts for her OMG finish linkup!

I’m off to figure out what’s on deck for next month.  I think if you paid attention to this post and the last one you won’t be surprised.