Sunday, January 14, 2018

Putt-putting along on Ringo Lake

Progress is slow but steady -

Meanwhile, on another part of the design floor -

I think I'm going to have to take up Ringo so I have room to lay out Burgoyne, since I'm giving a higher priority to Burgoyne and I'm not going to be able to make the design floor any bigger...

While I was playing around with the construction of that block I showed yesterday (before it dawned on me why it was kicking my butt),  I thought that center area could be interesting all by itself.

Like maybe as a strippy quilt?

Or possibly a sashing or border?

More play is definitely called for.

Linking with Quilting is more fun than Housework for Oh Scrap!  Come see all the pretties!  (Oh, and Cynthia's flashing a Burgoyne block, too!  Woohoo!)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Of course I'm not starting a new RSC project!

You believe that, right?  Right?
Yeah.  I started another RSC project, despite the fact that I'm rolling over all of last year's projects.  (Some of which were rolled over from the year before, but we're not going to talk about that right now.)  (Or maybe ever...)
See, I spotted this really cool pattern and couldn't resist taking it for a test drive.

That was actually the second attempt at the test drive.  There was rather a bumpy start.
See the partial block on the left in the photo below?

I'd cut all the pieces according to the directions, but when I started assembling them, nothing was fitting.  I kept recutting, sewing, then discovering I had to recut for the next section as well.  Even I get suspicious after a certain point.
I finally figured out the problem.

Those squares that are the starting point for the block?  The directions say to cut them at 2.5", which clearly wasn't working - as soon as I cut them at 2" instead, everything fit together nicely.  And I ended up with the size block I wanted, too, for the bonus.
I made the test block last month, but luckily it's in blues, so I can totally count January as covered.  Unless, of course, I get tired of sewing On Ringo Lake and Burgoyne Surrounded and need a palate cleanser.
And there are all those other bins of RSC blocks that I should probably check.  It's a pretty good bet that I could use a few more blues.

Linking with SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday.  Come see all the rainbow fun!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Finally a sewing day, and I spent it at Ringo Lake

Today was warm enough that I finally felt like venturing out to go to my studio.  (Yay for double-digit temperatures!)  (Well, double-digit in the positive range, anyway, as opposed to the negative.)  (Tired of those double negatives, I tell ya!)
Bonnie's rapid-fire release of clues at the end of the year caught me completely flat-footed.  I still have a lot of components to sew, but I got a block sewn together today, and laid out the corner to see how it was going to work.

I'm going to like it!

I've been admiring everyone's efforts at the last linky party at Bonnie's house
Some people already have completed tops, or even completed quilts. 
I have a block.
I'm going to need another sewing day...

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

Just popping in for a quick new year's wish.  I promise I'll do a post just as soon as I do something interesting...

Happy New Year! 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas sewing is done done done

I finished the last of the Christmas sewing yesterday, using the latest clue for On Ringo Lake as leader/enders.  (Yes, you can use leader/enders when making bags, etc, too.)  (And I do.)  I'll be joining the post-Christmas linky party at Bonnie's place when it goes live.

My foundation  paper-piecing went well.  Well, better than usual.  Well, marginally better than usual.  There was less swearing, but not no swearing, if you catch my drift.

I've already sewn this into the gift for my grandson (the new Star Trek fan), which I'm not showing until after the holidays.  I'm reasonably sure he doesn't read my blog, but why tempt fate?

So, flocks of flying geese gathered,

and joined stacks of gonnabe triangles.

After careful counting and recounting, they'll be added to this bin which is holding my progress so far.

And check out that picture.  At the top you can see the neighboring bin which holds the finished blocks for my checkerboard rails leader/ender project;  at the bottom, you can see a printout of a Blockheads block that I'm thinking might make a good RSC block for 2018.

Looks like the new year will be just as busy as the old...

And to all my readers - whatever holiday you hold in your heart, may it be the best it can possibly be.  May joy and goodness surround you!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Clue 4 - I get by with a little help from my friends

One of the first emails I read Monday morning was from my friend Chantal, letting me know about a nifty way to make the On Ringo Lake Clue 4 units.  And then later that day, Libby posted about using the same technique.
When great minds are inviting me to come play, how could I refuse?
I gave it a try and admit I'm totally smitten.  Not having to cut out a bazillion triangles?  Seriously? 

On the left is one of the units that get cut up into triangle blocks.  On the right are three triangles made this way, plus one made using triangles cut with the easy angle ruler and sewed to a square.  Results are identical.
Another plus to this sew squares and rectangles together?  I don't end up with stuff that look like this:


Speaking of oops, I'm playing with foundation paper piecing again.

Three seams forward, two seams back...

Linking with the other Ringoites.  Come see the fun!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Still pecking away at those geese...

 Continuing my adventures On Ringo Lake...

And now I've got diamonds to make.

Luckily for me, I still had all the neutrals and corals piled up on my cutting table, since I'd been cutting more strips to make geese with anyway.   (I still have a small pile of the little flappers to sew, but the end is in sight!)
Of course, this doesn't bode well for me wanting to turn over a new leaf and put things away the second I'm done with them.  Nothing like being rewarded for bad behavior!

It took a bit of juggling and experimenting, but I worked out how to cut my diamonds as diamonds for no waste, instead of cutting rectangles and doing flippy corners.  This pleases my mingy heart no end.
And now, back to that cutting table - I need a metric butt-ton of neutral triangles, between the diamonds and the remaining geese, but hey, who's counting?

Linking with Oh Scrap! at Quilting is more fun than Housework.  Come see what all the scrappers are up to!
Also linking up at Quiltville for the Clue 3 linky party.  Come see that one, too!

(I've got other projects going on, but can't share yet.  Hopefully I'll remember to take pictures before I get all gifty.  Not that I've ever remembered before, but it could happen this time...)