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Design Wall Monday---Quilting Weekend

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Last March Design Wall Monday--just squeaking in under the wire. See more design walls on J udy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts blog.  It was an all quilting weekend.  Too many UFOs clogging up the cutting table.  I started with a donated top I'd taken home to quilt well over a year ago; I made the backing early in February, and had batting from the guild. I got a lot of exercise turning the quilt a hundred times to straight line quilt around the block stripes. It was with great pleasure that I got rid of the odd pale yellow print for the binding--that had been hanging around in the stash for ages.   Pieced backing cleared some more odds and ends from stash. It is ready to donate. I liked how the heart turned out.  The jelly roll used in the top was from an old line from 3 Sisters called Sanctuary.  I made a quilt from that line for my cousin many years ago, and used up leftovers from that for another quilt I gave away last year.  So soft and pretty.  The rest of the quilting j

Design Wall Monday--New Setting Idea

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It's Design Wall Monday.  See more design walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts blog.   I got out of the house the other day for some sanity shopping, which included a stop at a local fabric shop.  The sale room had some good neutrals--always need to stock up on those, don't we all?  The Easy Breezy blocks make a nice pile, but need to get in a quilt. The pattern is Bonnie Hunter/Quiltville's current leader-ender.  She already made a quilt from hers, much more complex than I am aiming for. There are over 50 blocks here, which finish at 6".  I wanted to use an alternate neutral for a setting block, but didn't want to cut them the same size square--that's just too much neutral for me.  While poking around on Pinterest, I found an idea that fit the bill.  At first I was thinking about this for the 16-patches I've been making, but I only have a small pile of blocks--they also finish at 6". Nice neutral for the alternate piece--just a hint of a

Worldwide Quilting Day

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Worldwide Quilting Day--isn't that an amazing visual, folks all over the planet using needle and thread to create. I wanted to piece, so pulled out the box of finished Log Cabin Loonies blocks.  I had saved a photo of a trial layout, and luckily had blocks already pinned in groups of ten. I started with 1.5" strips for my log cabins so they will finish at an odd size, 7.5". This is the most blocks I could layout on my sewing room floor this direction, but since there were lots of log cabin blocks, I decided to add another row to each side to bring the top to 60" wide and 67" long. This pic was taken before I sewed skinny borders around the 6" finished modern churn dash blocks from Barb's (Fun with Barb) swap a few years ago.  I was glad to find that job had been done when I opened the box.  The extra blocks on the end of each row complete the light diagonal stripes well.  It looked even better all sewn up! The bottom half of the quilt is yet to assemble

Design Wall Monday--Continuing Projects

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 It's Design Wall Monday--see more design walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts blog.  I did spend some time with needle and thread the week past, finishing up the guild charity quilt finally yesterday.  I was happy with the full arrow shapes amid the rest of the HSTs. The cheerful prints should please someone. I'll pass this on to someone else for the quilting and binding, as I already have two more to do here.  I also continued working on last year's Laundry Basket Quilts quiltalong blocks.  The next step is eight square-in-square blocks.  More tan, cream and red for my version--hers was mainly blue and pink.  So much fun to play with the scraps. Four more to go in this step, then another 40 or so til the 100th block is finished. We had a belated birthday brunch for our youngest daughter, it was a great time in the backyard.  I was able to get fresh eggs from my nephew.  Such pretty eggs!  They tasted great. The grandsons were all charming and it was good to s

Thursday's Orts

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Happy Thursday! Occasionally I post Tuesday's Orts--bits and thoughts of life--so don't be confused that it is still that early in the week :) My husband had an MRI with contrast this week and had to clean out his insides beforehand.  Why he chose Windex blue jello was beyond me!  He pronounced it delicious.  His daughters were grossed out. He did explain that he thought red and orange should be avoided in case it looked like blood...which could be true if it were an internal exam, though I held my tongue!  In the "never fail" section of my fingernail life, I looked down to find THIS, a few days after my manicure. I could not find the missing piece, have no idea how I did it.  Then I knocked a section off the index finger too, a couple days later.  My ever-kind manicurist friend Stacey told me, "It just means I get to see you sooner!"       I'm not sure the name Malarkey is a great name choice for a service company, but I was enchanted by some of the shi

Design Wall Monday--Mini Mod Swap

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Design Wall Monday rolls around again.  See more design walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts blog. Some hours Saturday and Sunday were spent on the Mini Mod Swap blocks, Warm and Bright/White group.  These are 2" unfinished and templates were included with the signup and $5 donation. Before the templates came out, I had already sewn up a bunch of different blocks on my own. I was able to use some of them for my guild swap partners.  The three columns on the right were the first blocks I'd sewn.  I made a ton of the yellow blocks before I got the guide and templates, so have lots left over to mix in the final setting of whatever they will become.  The hot pink HSTs were already started, as well as the coral checkerboards.  Which is a good thing, because I mistakenly believed mailing day was March 8, when it was actually March 5... Saturday I spent many hours paper piecing the tiny ochre diamonds and orange arrows.   I made a full set of six drunkard's path bloc

Mystery Quiltalong and Uncle Progress

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The next block for last year's Mystery Quiltalong from Laundry Basket Quilts had a lot of pieces and I wanted to bring in some more black.  I decided to go a little less scrappy for this set of four blocks for Block 6.  I had quite a time with the smaller HSTs.  I wanted to use Bonnie Hunter's Essential Triangle tool and kept cutting strips that were the wrong size for the HST I needed.  The cutting board was quite a disaster while I pulled different fat quarters and strips for the scrappy look I love. At least there were only four blocks in this step! The block is placed correctly in the corner and continues the red chain.  There will be more black and green added so it won't stand out so much later.  Block 7 is a square in square block; I need to make eight of them and that will complete half of the 100 blocks in the quilt. While sewing up the Block 6 batch, a lot of leader-enders got sewn up into 16 patches. I ran out of Easy Breezy block pieces (Bonnie Hunter's curr

Design Wall Monday--Piecing and Playing with Grandsons

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It's Design Wall Monday.  See more design walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts blog.  I'm happily back to piecing work again.  Our guild is making charity quilts and I got delivered a kit and instructions last month of some precut fabric and the pattern.  Although not my favorite method, the "8 at a time" half-square triangles are very popular for precuts.   Lots and lots of marking and sewing 10 inch squares.  I chose to cut on the diagonal drawn lines with scissors, right at the sewing desk, then used ruler and cutter for the final vertical and horizontal cuts. Then there was a lot of trimming, A LOT. I may invest in one of the small round trimmers as this Olfa mat is getting pretty worn out--I've had it for many years.  I did get the HSTs alllll done so I can start sewing them together.  The pattern is very simple to assemble. We did have some grandson time over the weekend too.  Our older grandsons' shared birthday party was Friday night (they