Friday, July 21, 2017

Monday's Mini Madness

This week's Marvelous Monday Mini was fun, though I departed from the instructions to make the block.
I took one look at the 'draw a line corner to corner on 1.5" squares and sew on either side of the line' direction and said a big 'Nope!'  Instead, I grabbed a couple of handy 3" squares and  did the 8-in-1 trick.


A bit of squaring up to get those teensy weensy 1" HSTs


and I was (almost) done.  The only problem with the 8-in-1 trick is that you only get eight HSTs, and I needed nine.


So, I made and trimmed one more HST, this time using a couple of scraps, and filled in that center.


Some 1" strips were added as the borders, and another week is done!


I've made better triangle points in my time, but these pieces are so tiny that I'm not going to unpick and re-sew.  It's certainly good enough for a galloping horse - even a lumbering turtle would have a hard time spotting such itty bitty booboos!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Little Baa Blue

come blow your horn...


Can't go wrong with a plaid sheep, right?
Of course, I'm not actually making a sheep quilt, so I'm a little puzzled by the fact that these little fuzzlumps are starting to turn up in my sewing room.
I'm sure it'll be fine, right?

And auditions continue for Long Time Gone.  Or maybe it'll be named Gone Even Longer...

Purple batik.


A nice green.


And blue.  Well, there are actually three different blues here, since I didn't have a big enough piece of a solidish blue to try out.


The jury is still out.  These are okay - not exciting, but okay.  I like the blue more than I thought I would.  And I haven't started rummaging in the oranges yet. 
But I don't even have half the blocks done yet, either, so it's a decision I can dither over for a good long time.  And we all know how much I love a good dither!

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Long Time Gone Auditions and a Marvelous Monday Mini

I'm still caught up with the Temecula Monday Minis!


Between these little cuties and the Long Time Gone blocks, I'm getting so used to working with 1" strips that a charm square now seems humongous.  Even the 1.5" strips are starting to look a little chunky...

Speaking of Long Time Gone, I've started auditioning fabrics for the background sashing.  (Even though I'm far far far from finishing.  I'm a bit of an optimist.) 
First up was this fabric that I've had hanging around for almost forever.


I originally ordered it for a background for a quilt, but for some reason my brain thought 'light tomato' meant red.  Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be pink instead.  Now I audition it for everything, and I've yet to find a use for it.  I may have to just sit down and design a quilt especially for it.
It's definitely not what I want for this quilt, so next I tried a cream print.


Nope.  It's slightly darker than this photo makes it look, but still is just a bit too quiet, and not warm enough.

Moving on.


This dark red is a little more promising.   It's definitely going to stay in the running.

And I had a nearly-black batik that's okay.


I think I'd like it better if it was a true black, which would make the colors pop more than this almost-gray does. 

I'm going to keep digging through the stash, seeing what I can come up with.  I'd really like to make this just with what I've already got on hand, but a bit of shopping wouldn't be the end of the world.
Maybe a nice indigo? 
Or maybe orange...




Saturday, July 8, 2017

Just Clucking the Blues

I'm trying to do better with blue for RSC than I did with last month's yellow.

Blue clucker -


check!

Some Centennial Stars (sadly neglected for months!) have also been made.


I keep forgetting how much I love these stars until I start making a bunch of them again.   Luckily they finish at six inches square, so I have an excuse to make lots and lots of them!  (That's a good thing, right?)

I may or may not go back and try to catch up some yellow blocks.  In the meantime, I've got a big stack of blues to play with, so let the good times cluck!  Er... roll!

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Well, I'm caught up with ONE thing, anyway!

The blocks for this week's Monday Minis are done, and I even finished the last two from last week.


Since last week's first two blocks -


featured critters in the center, I continued with that theme.
Chicks, pigs, cats, sheep.  
Now I just need cows.  Or maybe giraffes...


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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Around and around and around (and around)

Once again, I seem to be involved in a project that I'm not actually starting.  Truly not starting this quilt.  I've just been reading Marti Michell's blog, since I love her rulers and she does fun tutorials, and generally just minding my own business.

She's been doing a QAL of Jen Kingwell's pattern "Long Time Gone."  Being a big fan of Jen Kingwell's work (you should see how many bookmarks I've got in my copy of "Quilt Lovely"), I've been watching avidly as cute little block after cute little block has been built over there.

Because there's no harm in looking, right?

Next thing I knew, I had cut a whole bunch of 1" strips and these little pineapples were starting to appear.


It's amazing how many times you can go around and around, and still not have a bunch of finished blocks.
Though I've finally gotten a couple done.  (Thirty-seven itty bitty pieces in each block.  Thirty-seven.)


And making rafts of flying geese is no problem, since I've been making them anyway.  (I had a bunch of triangles left over from En Provence that are perfect for geese.)


And how could I possibly resist these little 3" churn dashes?


I only need two more, but I think I might have a hard time stopping.  They're quick to make and absolutely adorable - in other words, completely addictive!

So far, I'm just playing with some of the blocks for this QAL, not really making the full-tilt "Long Time Gone".  More like a "Be Back Soon", actually.  Just making a few blocks.  Seriously.

Since I've had 1" strips on hand lately, it was too easy to fall into the Temecula   Marvelous Monday Minis.  Here are last week's block and two of this week's.


I still need two more to get completely caught up, but since I made two extra blocks for the first week, I could technically call it even...



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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Burgoops!

Another Burgoyne block done!  I hurried to get a picture of it before the nice afternoon light faded.


Oops.  Hey, everybody, do me a favor and close your eyes and count to three!

One, two, three...


There.  That's better.

I thought I was going to quit at twelve blocks for my Burgoyne Surrounded quilt, but I've noticed that I'm still cutting components. 
Apparently, Burgoyne is going to be really surrounded...

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