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Getting it Done January report, February goals

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January's four Getting it Done challenge goals were reached, with a couple of tweaks: 1.  Finish chevron tablerunner .  The quilting was done today and the binding attached--but I'm calling it DONE .  I used Heather Mulder Peterson's tutorial for the odd angles on the runner and think they will turn out nice; I'm going to try her fast hand stitching method for sewing down the binding on the back.  2.  Make heart block tablerunners for Shoppe sales.   I changed from tablerunners to mug mats instead, but this job is DONE. 3.  Trace at least 4 designs for Greenpiece wool applique blocks and cut out of wool. I ended up tracing 18 designs and beginning the stitching on the wool appliques, so am calling this DONE. 4.  Do unsewing on Mystery quilt back and repair to correct length. Despite a couple of missteps along the quilt backing is now the correct size, so this job is DONE. Four for Four and feeling great about that!    Now for February :   1.   Co

Ongoing GID

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Although yesterday was supposed to include a trip to the Getty Center with my mom and visiting Cousin Florence, somehow I tweaked my back/hip and had to cancel.  I think it happened the night before, when I was simultaneously trying to lift and lower a  heavy pillow to the floor while twisting, balanced on my other elbow, and scooting back under the covers.  Bad idea.  As sitting and bending were painful and I didn't want to spend the day in bed, standing was all that was left if I wanted to get anything done.  So I set up the light box on my raised cutting table and got to tracing the wool applique blocks for the Greenpiece BOM that is on the Getting it Done challenge list. On the GID list I wanted to get at least four designs traced, but since I was already doing the job, I finished the remaining 18 blocks' worth of tracing onto freezer paper.  Some of these pieces are tiny!  I'm doing the simpler ones first to build up my skills.  I proceeded with the buttonhole

Design Wall Monday--Jan 28, 2013

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On my design surface today is the backing for Judy's Mystery Quilt, one of the projects on my Getting it Done list.  Last week I shared the mistaken removal of the side border instead of the bottom border, which is what needed to be removed in order to add additional length to this poor, chopped up mess of a backing! Anyway, after yet another session of unsewing and resewing I have this to show: This is the ugliest corner with all the multiple seams.  I had to add 13" in length to the previously miscut backing, and that required piecing three sections together so that the motif was the right orientation.  This fabric is "Indonesia" by April Cornell.  Thank goodness I bought plenty of extra fabric! Seen from a galloping horse, the print is seemingly busy enough to hide all that extra seaming nonsense on this backing. The final test was double checking that the backing is indeed longer than the front, and yes, the test was passed.  I sure cut it close on th

Ups and Downer

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Flitting from project to project results in a mixed bag of things to share.  First, I got the inner borders attached to the modern pinwheel quilt.   Inspector Mini approved this stage of the assembly without comment.  I'll be hunting for an outer border fabric tomorrow at the Road to California show.  I'm thinking a larger print of some sort.   It was very slow at the Shoppe today so I got the binding all stitched down on one project.  I settled on  "Toy Sink" as the name for this wall hanging made from leftovers of my Kitchen Sink quilt.     Today I also finished the buttonhole stitching on all the pieces for this wool table mat that has been making the trip to the Shoppe for several weeks.   I purchased the Primitive Gatherings kit while in Cincinnati at the International Quilt Festival nearly two years ago.  There were supposed to be small dark squares as a third layer t

What I'm Working On Wednesday

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Yesterday my sole errand was taking my mom to LAX airport.  Afterwards I was free to do as I pleased, and that included a trip to Homegoods and a large Joann's store in a nearby city.  Wow, those big stores have way more to look at.  I spent a pleasant near hour wandering around Homegoods, a decor store with everything you never knew you wanted to put in your home :)  There was no "have to have it now" item so I left with my wallet no lighter.  However, it was a bit of a different story at Joann's.  Cute button knobs to replace the plain Jane brass ones on my sewing desk.  These were on sale. Rack for my GO! cutter dies and mats, on clearance for under $10.  I also got another length of flannel for a quilt back, a couple of remnants, some adorable little embroidery kits I neglected to take a photo of, and some much needed machine needles.   Later I stitched together all the remaining leader-ender four patch pairs by my machine and played with a layout.

Design Wall Monday-Jan 21, 2013

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On my design surface today is a top in progress. These modern pinwheels came from some leftover 2 x 5 bricks I cut for this quilt in about, oh, 2005!  Layout before sewing the rows... ...and with an option for an inner border.  This will be a lap sized quilt but needs to be a bit wider.  I played with putting the lined up little squares between the vertical rows but preferred the block to block setting of the pinwheels.  I have nothing suitable for an outer border in my stash, unfortunately, so will have to shop.  Poor me :)  I'm going to the Road to CA show this weekend so surely can find something there. All the Picnic blocks are finished.  There are 109 blocks here; I need 108 for my desired 9x12 block quilt.  During the layout I may switch out a few of the brown blocks for more gold ones, as I wanted gold as my secondary color to the green.  Those striped blocks may have to go if they are too distracting!  See more design walls on Judy's Patchwork Times .

Forward

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Forward is a destination I'm aiming for this year, in more ways than one.  In that vein, several quilt projects in play are getting due attention in rounds: On the Getting it Done challenge, the four items of the month were: 1.  Finish Chevron tablerunner .  Not yet completely done, but well on its way.  Today I pieced batting and got the backing cut, sandwiched and pin basted, and quilted in the cream chevrons.  I consulted with the recipient (DD Elaine) a few days ago for a quilting plan and we both decided to keep the colored chevrons unquilted.  I will attempt stippling in the red border with cream thread as she requested, but may not like it very much--we shall see if it stays or if I go buy red thread!   2.  Make heart block tablerunners for shoppe.   Done.  I opted for mug mats instead and have a small pile for sale at the Shoppe; however, none have yet sold.  January is a very slow month for sales everywhere, though, so I'm not particularly concerned. 3.  Tra

New Toys and Packing

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A very generous blogfriend offered me a chance to purchase some Accuquilt GO! dies she was selling.  I jumped at the chance and chose a few from her listing.  Since we live on opposite sides of the country and the dies needed to be mailed, she said she would add some odds and ends as packing around the dies.  The mailman was eagerly anticipated and the package not only did not disappoint, it was quilter fun with a cherry on top! The dies I bought included Winding Ways, squares in 3.5 and 5", and 3.5 x 6.5 rectangle.  Looking forward to playing with those in the future. Stuffed around the dies were several lovely Fall panels with extra matching fabric, an adorable pile of completed basket blocks with many more cut and ready to assemble, bias cut handles and all...  ...AND more fabric, 3 spools of thread, stitching papers, a stack of batik precut strips and MORE finished blocks. These bullseye blocks have some of my favorite reds and greens and lots of repro prints.  Ma

Tuesday's Orts--Jan 15, 2013

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Tuesday's Orts--bits and scraps of thoughts and happenings that land here semi-regularly. Grant's employer has an annual awards banquet and that took place this past weekend at a fine hotel/resort in Newport Beach.  The invitation listed the event as semi-formal and I wore a knee length silk dress and Grant a suit and tie.  Looking around the ballroom, that clothing description escaped a number of the people who attended.  In what way are tight, shiny, pseudo leather leggings semi-formal?  Maybe in a biker bar, I guess, accompanied by the dude who could not bother to change out of his puffer down jacket and jeans. I had a good laugh at the first menu item listed on the cards on the table: Assorted Dinner Rolls .   That seemed sort of unnecessary, coupled with the fact that the dinner rolls were, in fact, all the same. There were some technical difficulties during the sales award presentations, with winners' names being displayed onscreen before the finalists had even be

Design Wall Monday--Jan 14, 2013

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There is nothing on my design wall, but still some stitching has taken place.  Mostly quilting. Mug mats for the craft shoppe quilted with a spiral and some zigzags, ready to be priced and sold.  Maybe I should sell them as a package deal?  More mug mats for the craft shoppe in the heart mode, all quilted and bound. Since there are no actual Valentine fabrics, I hope these appeal to a broader range of folks who just like hearts.  I work this afternoon at the shoppe so will see if the ones I previously made were selling.  I have many more pieces cut and ready to make more. Leader-enders from 2.5" squares are turning from twosies to four patches.  I did a rough count and will have about 80 four patches when this pile is sewn.  That will make a nice sized mini quilt, don't you think? See more design walls on Judy's Patchwork Times .

Thursday's Report

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Boring post title--I'm in a hurry!   A friend is on her way here. Hey, thanks for all the blue dot love.  As I replied to most of you, the blue dot was always in the lead but I was mourning its impending end, since I barely have enough to make the binding and then that beloved fabric will be gone.  But it was well used, so no real regrets!  My sewing area once again looks like a bomb went off in there, I have been working on so many different things and getting distracted with ideas for my scraps, but there has been some sewing going on. Trust me, there is another point on the end of that runner, I just couldn't seem to get it in the camera shot.  I let the amazing Bonnie of quiltville.com do the MATH--her tip sheets have saved me often.  This time to get the proportions for the triangle ends, I used her formula for on point settings, figuring that the end of the runner was like a corner block in an on point setting.   It worked perfectly and I am ready to go on to the

One Word Wednesday

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Binding: blue dot or cream?

Tuesday's Orts--Jan 8, 2013

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Orts--bits and scraps of thoughts and events of my week that land here semi-regularly. I've had a crock pot for ten years and only used it about three times all those years.  Now I've used it twice in two weeks.  Tonight we had chicken tortilla soup. Yummm.  Except the title of the recipe was misleading since there were no tortillas in it; we ate them on the side. Putting away all the Christmas decorations takes way longer than you think it will and there are always a few stragglers that get left out.  I found two today. On New Year's Eve Grant and I went to see a movie that I highly recommend.  "Argo" is a story about six Americans who escaped from the American Embassy in 1979 when the Iranians took it over and held so many others hostage. They were protected by the Canadian Ambassadors who took them into their homes.  "Argo" is the scheme used to by the CIA agent played by Ben Affleck (who also directed) to try to get them out of Iran.  Amazing tru

Design Wall Monday--Jan 7, 2013

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First DWM of 2013--glad I have something to show for it, and thanks to Judy for continuing this well-loved feature.  On my design surface are a multitude of projects.  I've been sewing a LOT. The pinwheels from scraps are laid out in tablerunner fashion.  The blocks are about 9 inches and a 4 x 3 block layout was just too small to do anything with.  Pondering if I want to make more blocks to play with or call this done and make it a real tablerunner.  After dragging my feet for a few days--I needed TWO more HSTs of the red and white to complete the center--and had enough of the cream to do so, thankfully.  It will end up being about 40 inches long, I believe, so will be a table mat more than a runner.  I'll use the red for the borders, end triangles, backing and binding.  DD Elaine will get this and is excited about it.  More scrap fun with red and green.  These will be mug mats for the Shoppe.  I'll do a stitch and turn on these, and use up some batting scraps

Piecing and Posing

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Once the holidays were concluded and some necessary tasks taken care of (i.e., holiday greetings finally mailed and the tree taken down), I could comfortably return to my regular programming in the sewing room.  So nice to return to piecing again. A few rows for the chevron tablerunner are complete.  Next time I use the triangle-square cutting die, I think I will use the cut pieces as flying geese wings since this many HSTs was a lot to deal with in 2" finished size.  Of course, that would mean cutting a separate shape for the geese, which sort of defeats the purpose of the HST die cutter, but overall time would still be saved in not having to match quite so many seams while piecing. And I could use the 2.5" die to cut the geese bodies' length anyway! Ha.  And here we see that quilt MATH has flattened me again.  I should have gone with my first instinct and cut the background shapes at 3.5" wide for these pinwheels, and not 3.25".  However, I did make t

December UFO update

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Well, it appears I jumped the gun and posted a year's end update of the entire UFO Challenge 2012 before Judy requested the December one!  Consider this a rollback, but with a new photo :) The Greenpiece BOM was December's project, after being shuffled around from previous months' picks.  I managed to finish all the remaining five months' worth of pieced blocks, and prep one lonely wool applique block.  Aren't they pretty all together?  The BOM is on my list for January's Getting it Done challenge, with plans to work on the wool blocks.  I would like to have this quilt top complete in the next three months. See more December finishes on Judy's Patchwork Times .