Today’s post is actually of my design wall! This past weekend I went on a retreat and finished the Allietare blocks — that’s the mystery quilt that Bonnie Hunter presented this past December. These are not all of the blocks, but just the one’s I tossed up on the design wall last night.
When I head to a retreat, I do my best to get up frequently and walk to the ironing board. This results in lots of progress on the leader/ender project, which currently is Tumblers. I have all but 8 rows finished, and those 8 rows just need 3 pieces attached to them. I’ve started sewing the rows together and have 16 sewn together.
It is about 70″ wide and eventually will be 80″ long.
The rest of this month is going to be crazy, so I doubt I’ll do much but repack my bags as I head out to another retreat on the 6th.
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Off and on all week I’ve been working on the shirt backing. I’m cutting 10-1/2″ and 5-1/2″ squares, then from what’s left, I’m cutting 2″ and 1-1/2″ strips. The rest of the shirt goes into my shirt scrap box. Ideally, I need 90 large squares and 20 small squares as I need the backing to be 95″ x 100″. I think I’ve got 24 large squares cut so far.
But I felt the need to piece. So instead of pulling out any of my numerous UFOs that could be worked on, I pulled out Tuscan Sun, the JoAnn BOM from 2006 that my mom collected.
I didn’t get far. The pieces are pre-cut, so no thought required there and just what I needed. Unfortunately, either the cutting was off or my piece was off. I suspect it’s a little bit of both. Each quarter section is supposed to measure 8″ unfinished. They do not. So this is going to require a bit of thinking. For now, I think the whole thing is going to get put back in its packaging and put back on the shelf.
But I did make progress on the Tumblers.
A group of 8’s sewn into a group of 16 (there is a dark tumbler just outside of the picture on the left.)
Now back to cutting shirts.
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Clue # 4 of Alletore is done! Now on to Clue # 5. Oh wait. I didn’t get that clue downloaded and saved. But no fear – I can use Clue # 6 to back into Clue # 5. This evening I’m going to finish the cutting which I’ve skipped — the pieces for the outer edge of the quilt center and then pack everything together so I can work on other projects which need to be finished sooner than later.
Meanwhile, the Tumbers Leader/Ender project has been moving along. 400 more seams and then I’ll be ready to sew rows into a quilt top.
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July 1st I started this year’s Leader/Ender Challenge that Bonnie Hunter is hosting. My tumblers are from recycled shirts. Thus far I’ve managed to stitch 480 tumblers into 240 pairs while working on the Disappearing 9-Patch quilts over the past 7 weeks.
Speaking of the Disappearing 9-Patch, I didn’t quite get the 3rd section sewn together. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll finish the quilt top tonight. Since I’ve run out of light tumblers. I’ll stitch the pairs into 4’s until I finish the D9P. Then more tumblers both light and dark will be cut as I cut the squares for the backings.
Or not. It was dry enough to work in the yard again, so I got drafted for chipper duty. The top picture shows part of the largest brush pile. Where the grass is longer is what I chipped up. It only fills 1/2 of a trash can. I can’t remember what the humidity was this afternoon, but the “feels like” temperature was 95 degrees Fahrenheit and I was feeling it. Over 45 minutes 3 bottles of water and one trip to the sewing machine to repair a seam on the catcher.
Three hours of recovery later, I finally got to the sewing machine. I stitched the blocks in the first two rows of the current section of the Red Disappearing 9-Patch. The rest will have to wait for another day.
I also stitched a few Tumblers as my leader/enders. The cut pile is getting short so I see more cutting in my future.
I’ve wanted to piece or quilt for the past few days – and since it’s rained couple of days it would be guilt free! But I haven’t been able to make myself sit in front of the the sewing machine. I really hadn’t felt well, but couldn’t pinpoint why. I didn’t think I was sick.
Last night I realized my back was out of whack so a visit to the chiropractor was in order. Then I got to thinking about what I did to throw my back out of alignment.
- Assisted in moving an old sleeper sofa.
- Assisted with moving the new sofa and generally rearranging the living room furniture
- Assisted in moving a wood chipper
No wonder we did nothing on the 4th. All of that was done on the 3rd.
I left the chiropractor’s office this morning feeling much better and this evening I was able to partially stitch the last of the blocks I need for the Red Disappearing 9-Patch — and a bunch of L/E Tumblers. Now, as long as the new carburetor for the wood chipper doesn’t show up, I might get to stitch tomorrow night as well.
Hey, hey. There’s a change on my design wall this week. Ok, not much of one, but I’m not using the same picture. Last week I took down the Sew Scrappy blocks as I made more progress on the Red Disappearing 9-Patch. Show me the progress you say?
Those 4 huge 9-patches will become 12 DP9 blocks. The stack in the top right corner are 52 blocks waiting to go up on the wall. I still have 10 more big 9-patches to sew together. Of course my wall is not big enough for the whole quilt – 11 x 13 blocks – so I’m not sure how I’m going to lay it out. May just sort the 4 matching blocks into 4 sections and make sure each section looks good.
I started the Tumbler leader/ender Challenge quilt on July 1st as well. I’ve repurposed the strips I had cut for Rectangle Wrangle to cut tumblers using my Dresden Plate ruler.
My tumblers are 2-1/2″ tall and so far I’ve got 12 pairs made. I want to be able to mix the colors up in the quilt and so far most the ones I’ve made are red. My guess is that after the first of the year I’ll start sewing them into rows once I have ton of pairs made. I need over 1100 tumblers for a small lap quilt and twice that many for twin. I have 24 sewn together.
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This past week I worked on two projects. The blocks at the top are for Sew Scrappy using my Kansas Troubles fabrics. There are another 20 of the blocks like the one at the bottom of the design wall which need the sashing and cornerstone added, then it will be time to make those 25-patches and get them sashed.
But Saturday evening I decided I needed something a bit more mindless to work on, so I pulled out the red Disappearing 9-patch. This is about 1/4 of the blocks, so they are not in the final order. Given the size of my design wall, I guess I’m going to have to work on this quilt in quarters. The quilt will be 11 blocks wide and I can only get 8 up on the wall.
Finally, I’ve been debating whether or not to join the 2015 Leader & Ender Challenge – Tumblers. I have a L&E project – my postage stamp quilt and I have plenty of pieces currently cut so I really don’t need a new project. However, aren’t these so cute? Maybe if I can find a quick and accurate way to cut them – preferably without buying a template.
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