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Block Redux Squirrel

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Squirrel!  A quilt in the June 2021 APQ magazine caught my eye--it's actually the cover quilt . It features flying geese in two versions.  I decided a cropped portion of the design would make a great baby quilt. However, I did not want to cut the large number of 2.5" squares required for stitch and flip corners and corner squares on the small flying geese--8 per block.  There would be a lot of extra sewing to try to save the small waste triangles as HSTs. So pencil and graph paper planning ensued.  As you can see, there were a lot of seams in the pieced smaller flying geese (does this block have another name--maybe pyramid geese?). My thought was to use HSTs for the smaller triangles and assemble it in two rows, as laid out below.   I cut those from print 2.5" strips I had on hand, and cut larger corner triangles from white.  You can see a bit of the pattern in the corner of the pic.  I sewed the small geese rows together first.  Who has already spotted what happened next

Design Wall Monday--Plaidish Quilt

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Design Wall Monday rolls around again.  See more Design Walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts blog.  The Plaidish Quilt top I offered to my niece Hannah was the project of the week.  I was able to finish the quilting over the weekend. Some of my favorite fabric scraps are in this quilt! I used a gold Aurifil thread in the top and bottom and stitched in the ditch vertically and horizontally between all the blocks.   Then I stitched along the narrow inserts in both directions, making an X in the center square. Simple and effective. After assembling a lot of saved leftover binding strips, I attached what I thought was a sufficient length, but as you can see from the blue and rust binding tails in the photo above, I was quite a bit short.  No matter, there were plenty of pieces to pick from. The binding was finished by stitching in the ditch from the front.  I missed catching the edge in a bunch of spots so will need to hand sew those down and add my label.  My brother and sist

Design Wall Monday--May 17

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 Design Wall Monday--see more Design Walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts blog.  There has only been a little time spent on the sewing machine lately, but a few projects got moved along.   I made the binding for the star quilt and that got applied.  I made the binding single fold from this cheddar print and will hand stitch it down.  A bunch of thread ends need to be buried as well.  The Plaidish quilt was also layered with batting and backing and is resting for a bit.  I pulled a number of leftover binding pieces to use with this scrappy project.   Recently I pulled a lot of dark squares out of the bulging 2.5" precut drawer for a Plaidish2 quilt.  The designer, Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting , designed this second scrappy quilt with limited dark fabrics and more lights and mediums, which are more plentiful in most people's stash. She designed it block style to make it simple to make the size you want. Free download is available from her store.    I finished the

Slow Sunday Stitching Mid May

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 I'm joining Kathy's Quilts' Slow Sunday Stitching today.   My Saturday contained a great deal of stitching--hubby was playing with friends in a golf tournament and I dedicated hours between laundry loads to the Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers #21 project. Only a few "bricks" had been added since last Sunday...and then there was some ripping. Not really being much of a linear stitcher, I hopped around the house front here and there. More bricks and mortar by mid afternoon...along with the last window... By bedtime there lacked only a bit of mortar to add, and then the bottom of the door and house below the stretcher bars.  A good day of stitching indeed.  This is the most dense stitching on the piece, and I was eager to get it finished. I'll probably do most of the stitching around the house within the stretcher bars before finishing off the bottom of the house.  I'm looking forward to adding some of the alphabet letters to the left of the tree.  Looking

Design Wall Monday--Mother's Day 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 haven't been doing very much machine sewing of late, being caught up in my latest handwork project, but did grab a couple of leftover blocks to whip up a quick handmade gifts for Mother's Day.   I think this was an extra block from some guild project, or just a play piece to practice curved piecing.  I used my walking foot and ended up with sort of a squircle for the quilting as I went around. Fun!  The leftover binding bin produced a yellow crosshatch fabric for the binding. Neglected to get a pic of the finished mat, which is about 8 " square.  Mom loved it.  I also started to quilt, but did not finish, another single block mat.  This block I modified with the stem--pattern was from APQ magazine March 2021 cover quilt.  I even found a fat quarter with a strawberry print in stash.  This one is for my sister.  I do plan to make myself a four block quilt from this pattern

Doll Quilt Swap and Stitching

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Lots of corny Star Wars jokes for May the Fourth!  I couldn't come up with one cornier...BUT I do remember, as a high school teenager, the original movie playing at our local theater for about three months straight, and lines of folks stretching around the building, waiting to get in!  Yes, I'm that old. The rest of this post has absolutely nothing to do with space battles... Quilty mail arrived from Texas, from my Humble Quilts' Doll Quilt Swap partner, and it was with happy anticipation that I opened the package. Many Thanks to Liz Bushong for this charming and scrappy beauty! I just loved all the fabrics and prints Liz used in this doll quilt.  Mini liked the first border fabric a lot.  or maybe she was just eyeing the 1/2" center squares. Liz generously sent this beautiful tea towel and charm with her cards.  Many thanks, indeed!  Every year I have participated in this swap has brought a wonderful mini to treasure.  If I ever get organized enough, I'll hang the

Stitching Weekend

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I joined the Instagram Blackbird Designs weekend stitchalong and spent a number of lovely hours with needle and thread. All the bobbins were wound Friday and I studied the chart well.  Although in looking around IG and blogs, I see that lots of people start their stitching with an outer border, I was taught to start in the middle of the design, and felt most comfortable with stitching the house first.  The star on the roof was first, actually, and then I worked on the roof a little, late into Saturday night.   Sunday found me doing a bit of surgery for a mistake in the left edge of the roof, fortunately an easy fix.  The stars' outlines appeared as I continued on the roof, but when I filled in with the called for DMC color, the star disappeared.  More unpicking and restitching with one shade lighter... Much better! A start on the tree there to the left was as far as I got.  I so enjoy working on the 28 count Cashel linen I tea-dyed, though it does warrant closer attention when coun