Sunday, August 12, 2018

Getting August squared away

I've really enjoyed the blocks that Angela and Mari have come up with for this year's RSC Sampler.  Every one of them has been something that I want to eventually make a whole quilt from.
This month's orange block is no exception -

I think it would be a lot of fun to play with - maybe set on point?

Flushed with success, I went back for May.  Somehow I hadn't gotten around to making the block for pink month, so I pulled some pinks, then quickly cut and stitched this whirligig of a block.

My goal has been to get at least one of each block made as we go along, and now I'm caught up.  My ultimate plan is to set the rainbow blocks with alternate Irish chain blocks.  I've got a black fabric with multicolor polka dots that would be perfect for the chains. 
Unless I change my mind, of course.  Like that could happen, right?

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

2018 Pets on Quilts!

Over the years, I've enjoyed seeing all the pets on quilts at Lily Pad Quilting, but haven't entered anything myself.

Lynx told me that he wants to be included this year, though, so here's his favorite photo of himself owning a quilt.

I'd set my hand-quilting down for a moment while I went to get another cup of coffee, then returned to find this -

Why's he always gotta pop the hoop?

Now I'm off to link my Lynx at the 2018 Pets on Quilts show.  Come along and enjoy the fun!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Hip deep in squirrels

Astonishing, I know...

I finally decided which center to use in the first squirrelflower... er, sunflower block.  This plaid just leaped out of a stack of fabric and insisted it was The One.

I'm not going to argue.

The second block was easier.

Now I just need to decide on the backgrounds.  That shouldn't take any time at all, right?

Squirrel Chips...  umm, I mean Potato Chips continue to accumulate, too.

The orange ones are particularly good to see since it's the RSC color for August.

And it's an ongoing squirrel since it's way too easy to cut more triangles as I go along.  No end in sight!

Speaking of triangles, I'm up to 92 of the Demented blocks, out of 256.

Despite that running tally, I'm not purposely making 20 blocks at a time.  I guess that when the stack of new blocks gets about that tall, I decide that I should count them up and add them to the bin. 

I'm at the point where I'll be assembling eightsies into sixteensies again - let's see if this time I can hold out past 20 before I get too curious.  Just to break the chain, you understand.

I hate being predictable.  Well, other than the fact that you can depend on me to chase squirrels.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

RSC at last!

It's orange month for the RSC, which is my favorite.  I dug through my piles of scraps and started pulling pretties out to play.
First up was a pinwheel block - these have gotten short shrift in the last several months, so it felt good to get one done.

And then I absolutely didn't start another squirrel project nope nope nope.  Not me nosirree bob.  Nope.
Since I've been thinking about this one for months, and long-ago found the templates on sale, and was inspired by Cathy (repeatedly), I'm counting this one as something I already had in progress.  The only difference is now I'm using fabric instead of ether and whimsy.

I got the petals ring done, and then started auditioning centers.

Decisions decisions.

I hope I can decide before I have to go through it all again for the second one...

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

A Demented Report

I don't have much to show for this week.  Not a stitch for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. 

I did a bunch of cutting for Totally Demented, and a bunch of sewing, but since there is So Much sewing required for this quilt, it doesn't really look impressive.

Here you can see my assembly line just to the left of my sewing machine -

I grab a handful of HSTs out of the bag at the top of the photo, drop them next to the machine, then grab a light or dark 2" square and make a twosie.  Then I pair up twosies to make foursies.

Then two foursies (one light and one dark) are sewn together to make an eightsie.

Then two eightsies are joined into a sixteensie

and dropped into the bin.

I'm up to 60 blocks, out of the 256 I need.  That means I'm almost a quarter of the way there, right?

So, yay!  I'm one quarter demented already!  Onward!

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

I'm naming this one Potato Chips

Because nobody can eat make just one...

And I've got a bunch more triangles cut and standing by, because these are too easy to throw together.

It occurs to me that the only way I'm going to get this particular squirrel under control is to just make a small quilt and declare myself done.  (Shhhh.  It could work.)

I started assembling groups of four hourglass units with center squares of dotted b/w prints, just to see what they would look like, then laid them out on a light background.

There are two distinct ways of setting these little blocks -
this way,

and (rotated 45 degrees) this way.

Cathy (the one who set me off on this squirrel chase) is making hers like in the second photo, in what's basically an Ohio Star block.  I'm undecided which way to go.
Clearly, I need to make more blocks.  You know, just so I can make an informed decision.

I did manage to tear myself away from the potato chips long enough to make a couple of Squared Away blocks for the RSC2018 sampler.

With all the 2" squares and triangles I'm cutting for Totally Demented, it was easy to pull some bits together for these blocks.  (I'm doing the 7.5" size blocks, which in hindsight was a very sound plan!)

I still lack the pink Squared Away block, because I missed it along the way, but once I get that done I'll be all caught up.  I've loved each and every one of the blocks we've made so far this year, and I'm looking forward to seeing what's next!

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Here we go again

So, there I was, just minding my own business, when our dear friend Cathy posted another one of her wonderful WIPs.

I was smitten.

But of course I'm not going to start another project.

Of course.

But there was no harm in just making one little bitty component of it, right?  Just as a reminder for when I do want to start another project someday.  Not today, because I'm not going to start a new project today.

Since this month's RSC color is red, I naturally reached for a bit of red and made the one and only hourglass unit.  Just as a test.  It could totally be a future RSC block.

But, you know, one thing leads to another.

And maybe two more.

And then I needed just one in a color besides red, just to see what it would look like.   You know, because the RSC color won't always be red.

And right there, things got a little fuzzy.

Just a little.

I don't know how it happened.  But it looks like I'm going to need one more..

But only one more.  Because I'm absolutely not starting a new project.


Squirrels.  I swear they're getting as bad as the monkeys around here.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Getting more Demented by the minute!

First of all, go see Sally T's fabulous demented top HERE, because she is all the kinds of awesome and has already finished hers!

My own dementia is lagging behind, but I keep puttering at it.  It's an ongoing process.

First, I stitch triangles.  Lots and lots of triangles.

And throw them in a bag as I go.

I need 2048 of them.  Yeah.  Two thousand and forty-eight little HSTs.

But the good news is that I'll only need 1024 of these little 4-patch units.  Things are looking better already!

And if I sew four 4-patches together, like this -

why, I'll only need 256 of these 6" blocks!  256 isn't hardly scary at all!

And if I sew four of those together into a 12" block -

I'll only need sixty-four!  Things are really looking up, right?  Sixty-four is like practically normal.

And, hey!  If I take four of those blocks and sew them together -

I'll only need sixteen of them!  Sixteen blocks?  Easy peasy, right?  I could make sixteen blocks in my sleep.  Totally doable.  And hardly demented at all.

Hmm...  I think I'm going to need more triangles, though...

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Red buckeyes meet the green clucker

Now that I'm home from my nice long visit, I've been moving my sewing studio up to the house for the summer.  Given the fact that I'm not the most organized person, even on my best day, things are more than a bit higgledy piggledy lately.
I did manage to get a red Jacks block done in the midst of the chaos.

And a couple of cute little red buckeyes happened, too.

Here's a fun fact that I don't know if anyone else has pointed out yet:  if you take four buckeye beauties (sorry, I could only find three for the pic) and lay them out like this -

you'll have a block identical to Bonnie Hunter's new leader/ender challenge, the Jewel Box Star.  I feel so ahead of the game since I've been making these buckeyes for a couple of years now for RSC.  Though I'm afraid if I use the Jewel Box Stars as leader/enders for my Buckeye Beauty quilt...  well, I'm just hoping I don't tear a rip in the fabric of reality.
I am seriously thinking of folding the completed buckeyes into this challenge, though.  It's the only way I'll ever finish, I'm afraid.

As long as I had the reds on the cutting mat, I tried to recreate the improv chicks I want to use in my Cluckers quilt.  (And I was horrified to find that my last blog post about that quilt was last September!  Argh!)
And then, since green had gotten short shrift back in March, I rummaged through my greens and made one of Sally T's racing chickens to add to the flock.

Luckily my block map with notes wasn't buried under a mountain stack of scraps and orts, unlike Every Single Other Thing I've been needing this week.
I've heard being organized is quite pleasant - I hope I get there some day.

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