Saturday, April 7, 2018

It seems like forever...

In the spirit of catching up -

Though I didn't get much done for March's RSC light green sewing, I'm trying to do better with April.  So far, all I've got is a block for Squared Away, but hey, I'll take it!

When I went to save that picture, I noticed that I only had photos of the January and February blocks for Squared Away - no March.  Now I'm trying to remember if I even made that block.  (March was one of those 'the days are just packed' months)  This is further complicated by the fact that the Jan and Feb ones have disappeared into some sort of safe place.  (You know, that "I'll just put these in a safe place" so you don't lose them?  Yeah, that one.)

I took a moment to play with Libby's Mystery - I'm way way behind on that one.  The reveal is really interesting, and I'm going to sit down with all my bits for some big fun.  She also gave us a really intriguing bonus block that I'm eyeing with great interest.

My big push right now is Sea of Tranquility for my granddaughter.  I'd done the math for the number of blocks I needed, both for a good-sized quilt and for a wimpy-chickenout-can-this-be-big-enough-please quilt.  Last time I counted, I was still quite short of the number of blocks that I needed for the wimpy one, and was feeling guilty about even considering settling for the smaller version.  That resulted in the project going back into its box while I chided myself.  It's really a struggle for me to work with a limited colorway - this Storm at Sea pattern I'm making is all just blues, greens, and blue-greens, and while it's probably good for my soul or something to work outside of my comfort zone (my comfort zone being the use-all-the-colors zone), it's damn hard.   And since there was no real deadline, I could just blow off my foot-dragging.
Periodically I've pulled out components and pieced more bits and stuffed them back into the box without counting.
I finally decided that my desire to make the quilt was stronger than my desire not to work with the limited colors, so I pulled it all out and started counting the blocks I had finished.

And woohoo!  I found that I'd pieced enough blocks that I'd blown right by the wimpy count and was just short of what I need for the size I actually want to make!  I spent a good part of today making more diamonds and squares, and enjoying the process again.
Next thing I know, I'll be crawling around on my design floor, laying out the blocks.
Dithering about setting triangles can't be far behind!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Finally catching up with the Mysterious Libby!

Finally got some sewing time to devote to Clue 4 for Libby's Mystery Quilt.  It was an easy clue - just some HSTs.   In moments I was done!

So then, of course, I had to play with these new toys a little.

And another just like it, only with values reversed.

How about two more?

Oh, and throw in some yellow while we're about it.

I didn't have time to add another color, but I plan to do that after the reveal.  I'm looking forward to seeing what the Mysterious Libby has in mind!

Company's coming, so I've been picking up stuff in the studio, so there's room to walk around.  And the great organization project continues, as I fold and stack.

My new rule is that if I touch a piece of fabric, I fold it neatly and add it to its proper stack when I'm done with it.  And I spend 15 minutes here and there just grabbing, folding, and adding to stacks, in between working on fun stuff.  Little by little, I'm going to get my rainbows in order.
I've already found some bits of favorite fabrics that I thought I'd used up.  It's like running into old friends!

Linking with Libby for Mystery Clue 4.  Always late to the party...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Mystery time - now with triangles!

I squeezed in a bit of time at the studio this afternoon, so I grabbed my Mystery bits and followed Clue 3.  Some rather large (to me, anyway, but I'm all about the small stuff) triangles were called for, and naturally I had to play with them.

Why, yes, I did add a third color.  I seem to be adding a color with each clue.  (I'm starting to wonder how many clues there will be...)

And since there are now bars and HSTs in play in this mystery, I fiddled about with both parts.

I'm looking forward to Friday and the next clue!  And trying to decide what color to add in next - Purple?  Orange?
Maybe both?

Come check out Libby's Mystery Linky party and share in the fun!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

With just a touch of lime

Well, the RSC color for March is a springy limy green, so I dug up through my pile of green bits to see what I could come up.

First up is an Orts block.  (Go here for a link to the pattern and a peek at how I'm constructing these blocks.)

I keep having the best of intentions of making more than one of these blocks each month, but here it is March and I'm still at only one-per.  Though there's a fair bit of March left, so maybe it could happen.

Next up were my beloved Centennial stars.

I enjoy planning and making these blocks enough that I'm starting to stack up some 2 5/8" squares for the centers for future blocks.  (It's an awkward size, but apparently there's some magic math involved that I'm totally willing to accept.)  Any time I'm cutting a 3" strip for something, I lop off a 2 5/8" piece and square it up.  I'm a firm believer in multitasking when I've got a rotary cutter in hand.

Speaking of multitasking - I'm slowly but surely piling up bits for Totally Demented.  My supply of 2.5" squares is being raided for sewing triangles, plus I'm cutting more 2" HSTs to add to the ones I'd already been stockpiling for my flying geese blocks.

Those poor flying geese - I've been dreaming of a flying geese strippy quilt for the longest time, but I keep cannibalizing the parts for other projects.  Most of my finished geese blocks ended up in my Gwennie medallion quilts, so I made some more.  But most of those got sucked into Long Time Gone (aka Are We There Yet), so I had to start over again.  Now my triangles are getting drafted into yet another side project.

Someday my geese will come, but it doesn't look like it's going to be anytime soon...

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A little bit of mystery

With a free afternoon and no snow falling, I finally caught up with Libby's Mystery today.
It was an easy clue she gave us - just sew the rectangles together.
So I did.

And then, I had to play with them, of course.

And then, since I've never been one to leave well enough alone, I cut out some more pieces from another color.

And then I had even more things to play with.

Meanwhile, I was working on this.

Which, to my joy, became this -

Burgoyne is officially Surrounded.  I sincerely love this quilt (it looks even better in real life!), and I'm so grateful to Cathy for making hers and inspiring me to make my own.

Now I just need to think about a border.  I definitely want to run some neutrals around the outside edge, in order to float the whole thing.  It's just a question of if I want anything else.  You just know I want to make some fun fantastic pieced border that will be way more complicated than necessary, because that's what I do.
We'll see if I can restrain myself...

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Scrappy all over

I spent the afternoon in the studio today, putzing around with various projects.
First up, I got pieces cut for Libby's Mystery Quilt.  I picked out the red snowflake print for my light right off the bat, but couldn't decide whether to go with red, orange, or purple for the contrasting color.  So naturally I found a batik that included all those colors.  Win!

And I sewed the first row of Burgoyne blocks together, complete with sashing across the top.

I'm hoping if I get it all sewn together that it will forestall any efforts to make more blocks.  Though I think I might actually have to sew a border on in order to really make my heart accept that this quilt is big enough.

Though I might have stumbled on something that could help.  I found this quilt pattern online, see, and then I shared it with my friend  Cathy, who agreed with me that it's pretty phenomenal and phenomenally pretty.
It's here.  Go look and tell me that it isn't just screaming my name.
I've already got lots of triangles after all.

And the blocks are pretty simple to assemble.

And I only need 2048 HSTs.
For some silly reason, they named this quilt Garden Mosaic.
I don't know what Cathy is going to call hers, but I'm calling mine Totally Demented.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Squaring Away some purple bits

I squeezed in a bit more sewing time yesterday and finally got a Squared Away block for February's RSC SAL done.  I'm hoping to make a few more before I run out of month, both for the SAL itself and the fact that it's a fun block to make.  I stuck with just two colors for the first iteration, but I've got plans for throwing lots of purples into the next one.

This little Jacks block was made as a leader/ender while making the SA block. 

True confession - I found it already cut out and ready to go while I was shifting stuff around.   I'm not sure when I actually kitted it, but there's enough purple in it that I'm claiming it for February.  There were a couple more on the same plate, so apparently I'm now cutting blocks in my sleep.  Not dangerous at all, I'm sure.

And ta da!!!

That's Burgoyne Surrounded #20 - the final block!  (No, seriously.  I mean it this time.)  (Except for the problem I'm having with my fabric sorting/organizing project, where combinations keep landing next to each other that make me say "Oh, that would make a great Burgoyne!"...)  (I may have to make a second BS.)  (Help me, someone.)

All the Burgoynes are laid out and I've started stitching them together.  This is so exciting!
I've already started the dithering about borders!

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Purple at last!

Despite the near-constant interference of the universe lately, I finally finally finally got some sewing time in.
I snatched up some purples (purples!) and got right to work.  Well, play, actually.  Calling this work would be downright silly.

One purple Jacks-in-Sixes/Anvil/Hovering-Hawk/Charlie/Whatever block.   I love this purple circley fabric.

And I got another block done for Rags and Tatters (go here for the pattern - scroll down about 3/4 of the way down the page) which I'm calling "Orts" because same thing.
When I made the first block, I approached the center part like this -

Sally T wisely pointed out that what I really had was the unit we'd just learned to make for On Ringo Lake, with the square-2wingtriangles-bigtriangle.   (I've seen the unit called Cat's Cradle.  Much more succinct.)
Here's the block laid out the easy way.

Two four-patches and two cat's cradles is definitely the way to go.

Then just attach those crazy corner triangles and voila!

That picture is a bit brighter than real life, but purples gotta purp.

So, that's two.

And purple was so happy about finally getting some action that some polka dots turned up in Burgoyne #19 -

and there's even some purple in Burgoyne #20 (last of the Burgoynes, I swear this time)  (no, really) which is now in progress.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

As if life wasn't complicated enough...

So, this happened the other day.

I tried gluing them, but (true to my usual experience with crazy glue) just ended up gluing my fingers together, and at one point had the frame of one piece glued to my thumb.  (I also ended up with glue in one eyebrow and I can't even begin to figure out how that happened.)
I finally gave up and asked my dad for help.  He held the parts together while I tried to squeeze some glue. 
"Just a drop," he kept saying - "Just a drop!
"Dad, I can't see it without my glasses..."

Unfortunately (but not unexpectedly), the repair was impossible, since the bridge piece is just too thin to hold together with glue.  I'm overdue for a new prescription, so I'll be off to the eye doctor, but the earliest appointment they had wasn't for a couple of weeks.

So, cheap Walmart readers to tide me over.  Far from perfect, but at least I can read a computer screen.  (I just have to remember to take them off when moving around - the vertigo gives me nausea.)
I'll probably take another stab at fixing my real glasses, now that I can actually see them again.  Some kind of splint across the bridge, to fasten the halves to...  Yeah, that could work...
Wish me luck!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

I turn my back for FIVE minutes...

He always manages to pop the hoop as he settles into his magical cat-nest.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

On Ringo Lake, just drifting away

Yesterday was the last link-up party for On Ringo Lake over at Bonnie's place, so I need to throw a quick post up about Ringo's status.  Wouldn't want to miss a party!
I haven't gotten as far as I would have liked, but getting sewing time has been a rough road lately.  I'm just going to declare myself happy with my progress and move on.

The lower left corner of the quilt is assembled, and the row running from upper left to lower right is sewn together, but not attached to the main part yet.  Little by little...

(And don't think I'm not saving those little cutoff tippy-tops from the setting triangles.

I've already thought of several things to do with them, from flying geese to Hope of Hartford to using them for the outer triangles for a square-in-square block.)

The master plan for ORL at this point is to scoop all the sewn-together parts and set them aside, while I continue making more components as leader/enders for my other projects.

You know, projects like Burgoyne, who had to get displaced so I could take photos of Ringo.

He's now mumbling to himself over there in the corner, and making ominous threats involving "Surrounding".  Ringo better watch his back...

Come see the last Ringo Lake linkup at Bonnie Hunter's place.  So many people played along with this mystery quilt - isn't that a wonderful thing?

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Surrounded by Burgoyne...

Let's be clear.  I started making a Burgoyne Surrounded quilt because I fell in love with Cathy's blocks when she started hers.
At first I was just going to make one block, to try out the pattern.  That plan lasted about 5 minutes.
Then I figured I'd make 4 blocks for a nice wall quilt or table topper.  Yeah, another failed plan.
Well, nine blocks would make a nice baby quilt.  But I blew right past nine and headed for twelve.
But twelve was totally going to be IT,  3x4, nice lap quilt, done now, no, really.
When I hit sixteen, I was definitely done done done, I'm so done, no more blocks, nice big square couch quilt, no more blocks.
Yeah, right.
Number seventeen happened the other day.

Followed by number eighteen...

And number nineteen is all cut out and ready to go.

And number twenty - fabric pulled, and starting to cut the bits.

I swear on a stack of Quilter's Newsletters that I'm going to stop at twenty blocks.  That's a full-sized big honkin' quilt.  I'm now up to my earlobes in full-size quilt tops.  (Note to my kids - if you see one of my quilts that you really really want, speak up and if I ever finish it, it's yours!)

And look - I really do have to stop now.  Burgoyne is currently also trying to surround Ringo Lake.

If I make any more blocks, it's going to ooze over this whole side of the state...

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