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Tuesday's Orts

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Tuesday's Orts--bits and pieces of happenings and general life that end up here occasionally. This has nothing to to with this post but sure has lots of scrappy quilty goodness! It has been quite a while since I had an edition of Tuesday's Orts.  But some random assorted things are pretty easily gathered nearly every day! I saw my doctor for an annual physical today.  I had an EKG, a chest x-ray, a shoulder x-ray, a hearing test, a vision test, went over my lab studies, and had a few moles burned off with liquid nitrogen. The EKG was normal, that was the first chest x-ray I've had in 30+ years and it was normal, the hearing test proved I can't hear very well in one ear,  the vision test proved I can't see well without my glasses, and all my labs were declared "perfect".  Sure glad insurance is paying for all this!   My family doc had his residency with the doc for whom I am a Scribe.  They both said to say hi to each other :)  Both have been pra

Design Wall Monday--Moving along

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On my design wall is another interrupted UFO, as well as one off the design wall that has moved along since last week.   Our guild had a Philanthropy Sew In on Saturday and I took the completed L-sashed blocks to assemble into a top.   I like it!  It's a bit small at 40" square so will need some expansion with borders--a problem for another day.   Guild members were working on assembling monthly challenge blocks into tops, and kitting up backing, binding, and batting for already completed tops.  I took some precut squares, extra yardage, and a kit home to play with from donated fabric piles  Funnily enough, in a pile of donated fabric there was one square of the kitty print!  I set to work later on Saturday making Bullseye blocks.  My brother requested a quilt and I had a small finished top that I'm expanding with additional borders and pieced blocks.    I need a whole lot more of these to fit around the quilt top.  Anyone who has made these blocks

Leftovers

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Keeping leftovers can be a bonus or an onus, as all quilters know. I've had this kitty print for about 7-8 years since making a disappearing 9 patch for a co-worker.  Yellow, red and green solids from this project as well as a baby quilt for a nephew have also hung around. Since making my Scattered Squares quilt I've become enamored of L-shaped sashing and had quickly drawn up a layout for the kitty fabric. I finally finished the 12 blocks in just a few minutes yesterday. But they weren't enough to make a very big quilt.  Remembering more solids in the stash--and JUST enough yellow to sash my planned additions, I got those cut and sewn last night.  Here's a small charity quilt that I'll add some borders to and have ready to quilt at our philanthropy sew-in this weekend. I like it!  

Design Wall Monday--High Cotton, Cove, and KonMari

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Back on my design surface after too long of a hiatus are blocks for my High Cotton quilt, from Kim Diehl's Simple Comforts--12 Cozy Lap Quilts.  This quilt is available as an e-pattern HERE , I just learned on a Google search. I had a heck of a time getting the 4 patches in correct orientation at first and had to rip a couple of times for the same mistake--that always seems to happen when I leave a project too long.  I've got several more sets of block parts cut and some fabric choices ready to go for more cutting. So far I have a little over half of the 63 pieced blocks made.  I'll do a full layout after this next batch of blocks is assembled and see what colors I think need to be added.  We had grandson Cove for a sleepover Saturday night--well, Auntie and Mimi had--Papa was in Del Mar with his best buds.  Cove, who turns 18 months next week, spent a lot of time playing on the couch with the throw pillows, some coasters, and a table runner, and one or two toys

Checking off an Obligation

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A few months ago, my husband's friend, a woodworker, helped me out by fixing the broken rails on the bottom drawer of my stash chest, and cutting the legs off a folding table.  I offered my sewing skills as a trade.  He requested a pillow cover for a well-used pillow his mom made him years ago. It took some time before said pillow made it to the house, but then I dragged my feet on the project due to so many others that jumped ahead in line ( a common problem around here!).  I knew what colors and sort of what design I wanted to do--finally last weekend it got done.   Here's the original pillow, splitting and worn out.  I wanted to use a simple design but not make it too traditional.  I decided on a quilt as you go method for the pillow top and drew out a plan.   Since the pillow was not large (finished size cover is 14"), I was able to use leftovers and scraps to construct my modified log cabin-style layout.   Pretty easy to stitch and press, adding the

Fair Time Happy Dance

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My sister Kathy and I met up at the Ventura County Fair today to see how our entries did.  They changed around the displays in the Home Arts building this year so it was more challenging to find all my pieces and Kathy's quilt. I have to say there was a bit of excited dancing happening to my feet today... I first spotted my Scattered Squares pillow in a case (which is why the lighting is so weird)--1st place happy dance!  Another 1st on Pink Lemonade!  Happy dance again! 2nd place on my Turkey wall hanging.  So exciting! Honorable Mention on the Any Witch Way quilt.  The lighting shows up the pebble quilting and the spiderwebs in the corners; quilting was done by our Guild president., Georganna.  The piece in front blocked the photo taking a bit, lol. Honorable mention on Cove's quilt.  I like that they showed the backing fabric with the way they displayed it.   And another Honorable Mention on the Trees runner, which was displayed in an unusual w

A Quilt for Sagen

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I had a power session yesterday to complete the quilting, binding, and label for the comfort quilt I've been making for our neighbor's 12 year old son Sagen, who has an osteosarcoma (bone tumor) on his leg and has been receiving chemotherapy in preparation for surgery probably later this month.   Sagen and his mom squinting in the blazing sunset with the finished quilt--he loved it!  He asked me, "How did you make this?" and I told him how quilters buy yards of fabric, cut it up into small pieces and then sew it all back together again :).  Here are some details: I started with quilting the black chains.  I had seen a fun detail on Pinterest where a quilter had interspersed a few zig zag stitches among straight line quilting.  I used my three-step zig zag stitch for this quilt.  This is what the zig zag detail looks like on the back. I like it! I then changed thread numerous times to quilt all the green blocks, using a very simple curvy line in