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.


Oops.


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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Saturday, June 23, 2018

For the rows are long, and the points are many

Long rows.


Extremely long rows.

And points.


Many, many points.   Points of extreme pointiness.
It's slow-going with this part.

And as if the rows weren't long enough, when I got them mostly assembled and all laid out,


I had a terrible thought.  A truly terrible thought.

"Wouldn't it be great if this quilt was a little bigger?"

Or at least longer.
So I slid down the blocks at one end and opened up room for a row in the middle.


Yeah.  I'm going to be a whole lot happier with that.  (My granddaughter is tall.   Not like tall-tall, but tall-for-our-family-tall.)
Luckily I already had some already-assembled bits left over, and I've got a bunch of triangles and diamonds all cut and ready to go.


Easy peasy.  Right?  (Or should that be 'famous last words'?)

And since I've got scads of turquoise/aqua/blue-green all over the cutting table, I can carry on a bit with the June RSC color.  Here's my Squared Away block,


and a Jacks and a Buckeye.


Then, since I'd somehow overlooked making a Squared Away for March, and there was a ton of green still out for Sea of Tranquility, it was short work to get that block done.


(Now I just need to figure out what others I've missed.  Not to mention figuring out where I've put the blocks I've actually done.  I'm sure they're in a perfectly safe place...)
And just for grins, and because I had green to play with anyway, I threw together another Jacks block.


You can never have too much green in your rainbow!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

fixing the comment problem

I finally figured out a way to fix the Blogger comment issue, and have told a few people, but it's going to be quicker just to post about it.
Go into 'Settings' at Blogger, then to 'email' - reset the 'comment notification email' address to another of your email addresses, then save.  You'll receive a confirmation email at that address - just click and you're golden.
I'd originally had a non-gmail address as my notification addy.  (You know, the email address that I've been using for the last 20 years and see no reason to give up now...)  I changed to one of my gmail addresses and it's now working perfectly.  I don't know if it's just because of the gmail addy, or just the fact that I changed and confirmed that makes it work now, but I'm sure glad to be getting comments again!
Spread the word!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

With a little help from my...

Clipping together and assembling those rows.


I must admit it's going a tad faster now that my little buddy has stepped up to help.