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Greenpiece Progress

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Today was an All Sew Day, with the pleasure of assembling the last blocks for this well-aged Greenpiece BOM from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Looking back to 2011, December seems to be the theme with this UFO! I laid out the blocks according to the finished image and placed my marked squares, taking them by rows to the sewing machine.   All the pieced blocks have opposite layouts and are cleverly placed in opposing sets in the sections.  The same block in four colorways anchors the corners of the medallion center opening.  Such delicious colors.  Since this pic I added the corner squares to the last three wool applique blocks in the bottom row, and assembled the remaining sections.  A lot of leader-ender blocks got finished during this job.  Feline QC was present for this stage.  Lots of scrappy variety in these Easy-Breezy blocks (Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville free pattern).  The final section to finish the center is a tree trunk with grass appliqued on to a background, and more wool appliqu

Design Wall Monday--Christmas, and After Christmas Sewing

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It's Design Wall Monday--see more Design Walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts blog.  Hoping all who celebrate enjoyed their abbreviated holiday traditions.  We had a socially distanced Christmas backyard BBQ in SoCal style, completed with a driftwood tree.   Hunter was checking out the packages while brother Cove looked on.  Dane in his mama's arms, keeping cozy in the carrier.   Grant bought an Elf hat and cracked up his daughters wearing it.  Someone has a pic of me in this family grouping of our kids, but  I haven't seen it yet :)  Grandson #1 holding Grandson #3.  So cute!  It was quite windy intermittently outside, but we managed to enjoy all the dining and gift opening activities.  Later I socially-distance visited with my Mom and Dad, who were dining with my brother and sister.  We missed the usual large crowd but there is hope for next year! My post-Christmas sewing room tasks included making pajama pants for the older grandsons, who are outgrowing last

Design Wall Monday--Now and Then Finish

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It's Design Wall Monday.  See more design walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts blog.  Several months ago I finished a quilt top for our daughter-in-law's expected nephew.  Said nephew has now arrived healthy and hale and it was time to get the quilt finished to give to her sister and her husband.  I cropped a portion of the pattern by Victoria Findlay Wolf, redo of an antique quilt she called Now and Then, from APQ magazine July 2019.  I liked it in this pic in dappled afternoon sun, but the details didn't show up that well.  The doubled nine patch I found so interesting as a design twist VFW made from the antique family quilt.  I used Kona Navy and a white crosshatch for the nine patches.  Choosing different straight line quilting designs took some thinking--and way more time than I thought to execute! I took out the stitching in the rocket ship octagon three different times and still got the measurements wrong to center it--so it stayed!  The nine patch bloc

December Downers and Uppers

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First the Downers! Not too long after I posted on 12/7, my  Monday went to pieces.  The intermittent internet problems we had been having grew steadily worse, wifi dropped out every few seconds so nothing I typed would get saved.  I could not work doing telemedicine and had to call the cable company for troubleshooting.  Turns out our  combo router/modem was far outdated and failing, needing to be exchanged at their store.   Then the power went out entirely for about an hour, a shutdown by the electric company due to high winds and fire danger.  I had to drive clear across town in the raging wind with palm fronds dropping on the freeway.  I made my exchange of equipment and got back on the freeway--but then my heart sank when I saw and smelled smoke as I neared home.  I learned by smartphone that it was 10 miles away in the next town.   The wind caused a finch to be blown into our garage when I opened the door.  I had to leave it open to see if the bird would fly out--which it didn'

Design Wall Monday--12/7/2020 Masks and Mishaps

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 Design Wall Monday--see more design walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts blog.   My design wall is bare.  I have a few masks in progress but otherwise spent most sewing room time cleaning off my cutting table.  There was lots of scrap sorting and cutting.  My sister caught me in her sewing room stuffing her "scraps" into a mailer.  She is allergic to small squares and strips so pitches what I would term "big" scraps--leftovers from mask making from fat quarters.  She also gifted me a few fat quarters of colors I haven't a lot of, and some metal nose pieces for masks. I decided to make myself a Christmas mask and surveyed the family for any other mask requests.  Daughter Erica wanted another.  I sent her fabric choices from the fat quarter drawer in her favorite pinks/mauves. She chose the third from the top right, which I knew she would!  I picked out a backing for her mask  but then had a mishap.  Yes, you really should clear the mat of any pieces

Greenpiece Progress

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I managed to meet my desired deadline of November 30th to complete the remaining 4 wool applique blocks for the Greenpiece BOM, yay me! The leaf blocks with interior details and the complex flower were joined by the final leaf and berry block--which I finished adding the detail backstitching to between telemedicine patients.  The blocks got trimmed to final size.  So pleased to have completed all 20 after all these years.  I had to hunt back on the blog to find the post of the finished pieced blocks--December of 2012!  So pretty. All the Moda block kits from the Fat  Quarter Shop were very generous and there are lots of leftovers.  I pulled the kits with the tree/grass medallion, already pieced borders, and the flange and outer border fabrics.  Goal for the month will be to complete the medallion (more wool applique to do!), and maybe add the assorted print corner triangles to the wool blocks. Eventually I'd like this quilt to hang in our bedroom.  I have had a queen size wooden qu