Saturday, April 27, 2019

Aqua's last hurrah

I only got to spend a couple of hours at the sewing machine this week, what with one thing and another.  Luckily I'd already cut out the pieces I needed for the last aqua Sand Castle for April.

I'm ready for a new color!  Hopefully I'll get a little bit more sewing time soon.

In temperature quilt news, I'm caught up with my April goosies.  Here's a week's worth of flying geese waiting to be joined to the April column at left.

Happily, we had two more days in the seventies so I got to add some more yellow to the turquoises and greens.  Of course, today we hovered in the 30's and 40's, so I'll have to use more blues again.  Oh well.  The tide is turning!

And for those of you who might have been concerned about me, I'm truly not starting a Jack's Chain quilt.

It's a mere coincidence that some nine patches attached themselves to that big hexagon while other nine patches started milling around shouting "Me!  Me next!"
So, not a Jack's Chain at all.  Simply some very confused nine patches.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Still digging for aqua

I found enough aqua to make another Sand Castle

and I even made another Centennial star.

(I keep telling myself I'm done making these star blocks because I probably have plenty, but I keep ignoring myself and making more.)  (It may never end...)  (I may end up with an Extremely Large Quilt.)  (Or two.)

I added the Sand Castle to the design wall where it joined the three other aquas I've made this month.  I've got pieces cut for one more in this color which I plan to get to next week.  At that point I'll sit back and wait for May's color.  (Purple?  Purple would be nice.)  (Or orange.  I like orange)

You can also see my April Goosey Temps column in this picture.  We've still only had one day above 70 degrees, so there's just that one lonely yellow goose.  I'm crossing my fingers that there'll be more warm in the near future!

I'm still plugging along with my demented bits,

though I'm going to have to stop and make some more triangles soon.  That bottomless bag of HSTs is starting to near bottom after all.

Though there's a new distraction.  I've got strips piled next to my machine, just waiting to be assembled into nine-patches.

You know, just in case I ever decide I want to make a Jack's Chain.

Never hurts to be prepared, right?

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Nothing but puttering this week

Putter putter putter.  Luckily I have lots of stuff to putter with.
(I should be trying to get Sea of Tranquility pin-basted, but I seem to be procrastinating there.  I'm looking forward to the quilting part, but the basting is always such a pain in the butt...)

I got one Sand Castle block done in aqua for the RSC.  I've found another scrap of turquoise big enough to make the next block, but I'm going to have to do some serious digging for any others.  Definitely low on aqua/turquiose.

I'm still herding my flying geese in my temperature quilt.  On Monday, yellow made its first appearance as the temp went up to 72 degrees, but it's back to normal now with temps in the 40's to 60's.

I'm looking forward to when yellow is the norm, with orange for the 80's making an occasional appearance.  Hopefully we won't see too much red - that means the temp would be over 90.  Not a fan of weather that hot, I must say.

And with avoidance extra time on my hands, I pulled out the Demented bin and made a few more blocks.

I'm up to 174 - yay!  I only need 256, so I feel like the end is in sight.  It's kind of off in the distance, but it's definitely in sight.

I'll keep assembling the little bits and making bigger bits, until all the blocks are ready to go.

Piece of cake, right?

And I found myself making these the other day.  No reason.  Really.

Just because I've been drooling over Cathy's Jack's Chains quilts is no reason to jump to conclusions.
Really.  A person can just have a sudden urge to make nine-patches.  Out-of-the-blue like.
Perfectly normal.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Out with the green and in with the... um... blue-green

Not a big jump on the color wheel this month - Angela announced aqua for April's RSC color.

Between Sea of Tranquility and On Ringo Lake, my supplies of aqua/blue-green aren't as copious as they could be, but I dug in and found a pretty one.

A little more digging found some aqua dots.  You can never go wrong with dots.

Speaking of wrapping up a month, March's temperature geese are all put together and have been added to the design wall, next to January and February's columns.

And, speaking of never going wrong with dots, I decided to give some thought to dots for the background sashing for this quilt.
Multicolor dots

or black and white dots.

Possibilities, eh?
I think I'll test out some plaids next.
Because you can never go wrong with plaids, either.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Green goes Marching out

What with one thing and another, I didn't get a lick of RSC sewing done last week, but I did a little better this past week.
It helps if I lay out the components next to the sewing machine, ready to grab and run through.

That's a green Sand Castle, along with a green Jacks&Sixes, a green Buckeye Beauty, and another green Sand Castle ready for some four-patches.
Here's the lozenge portion of the first Sand Castle along with the Buckeye,

and here's that Jacks block.

(It's really convenient to cut the squares and triangles for this and the Sand Castles at the same time, since one needs 3 squares and 6 HSTs, and the other needs 5 squares and 6 HSTs.  As long as I've got strips and rulers in hand...)

Two Sand Castles done and done.

And here they are added to the green ones already on the design wall.

I'm ready for a new color!  Hello, April!

 While I'm deciding what new project to start, I pulled out the (sadly neglected) Glitter bin and made a few blocks,

and then a few more.

I added another four blocks to this bunch, but the camera must have eaten the photo because I can't find it.  Only 472 million more blocks to go and I'll have a quilt...

And I've got the back pieced for Sea of Tranquility.  Now to just iron it flat and get ready for the pin-basting.

I'm sure it'll be smooth sailing, right?

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

And another top flimsied!

Or another flimsy topped.

Some of you may remember back when I was working on my Storm at Sea (see the tag over the sidebar), which I had renamed Sea of Tranquility.  I'd left it here, with the stormy portion pieced with the setting triangles, while I dithered about borders.
Border decisions were finally reached and I hauled out the almost-top and got to stitching.

This is actually hanging sideways and you can only see the left half of the top.  (The top of the top, as it were.  Or the bottom of the top.  No wonder we're calling them flimsies now.)  (I dream of having a bigger design wall.)

I've put all the lightest block bits in the center of the quilt and worked outward progressively darker.  It gives it a shimmery watery glow.

The borders continue the watery effect - I'm really pleased with the prints I found.

This is the next one up for quilting.  I have it in mind to start in the center and quilt a spiral outward, continuing with the watery effect.  I may end up regretting this plan partway through - it's a big honkin' quilt.
If you hear a lot of swearing in the next week or so, it's probably me.  I might get a little loud.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

How Green Was My Sandcastle

Pretty darn green, as it turns out.  Here's one I finished last week -

and the two I got done this week.

That gives me four green ones so far, so I'll need two more to cover my goal of six blocks per month.  I need 64 total for the quilt, so at six per month for ten months, I'll be pretty close to that.  Make four more blocks?  No problem.  It's fun (and way too easy) to pick out a fabric and cut the squares and triangles necessary for a new block. 
Sand Castles may be the best leader/ender quilt ever, too.  The four-patches have been my go-to leader/ender for years, and the assembly of that middle unit works for l/e, too.  Even the strippy triangles lend themselves well to the process.  Those last two blocks went together as I was stitching up my triangle stars top.  (And hey, since I finished that top, I get to start four new projects, right?)

My other long-range project is still cooking along, too.  Here's my Goosey Temps strip for March so far.  (I haven't done yesterday or the day before yet - hoping I'll get to the sewing today)

This month has been a roller coaster, with temps varying between the 60's and below zero.
Sometimes on the same day...

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