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Scraps Before and After

It’s gotten so deep in my sewing room I have got to stop and clean up.  Of course I’ve been saying that for about a month now.  I really meant it this time, but you know how that goes. A while back I was given a box of “scraps”. Some of it is truly scraps, then there are parts and pieces of project and some yardage.  While working on the cat quilt, I pulled some of the brights from the box. I’m not sure if any of it made it into the quilt. As I was gathering it up trying to figure out what to do with it, I thought I could sew it together and have a small baby quilt. Actually, I was eyeing the black print for Carolina Chain and when I realized just how much there was, that’s when I thought “baby quilt”.

This is what I came up with.


I cut a strip off of the large piece which I pulled out of another box and started chopping and sewing. There’s not enough of the green and black to do the backing, nor is there enough of the black for a binding (Yea! I can use it in my Carolina Chain). I found the light blue and plan to use it for the binding and also waiting to be put up was the purple which I will use for the backing. If I don’t get lazy, I may find that I have enough batting to do a Frankenbatt. The little quilt measures 33 inches square.

Of course the sewing room STILL needs to be cleaned up. But what is new.

Step Away From the Quilt Shops!

Yesterday my sister stopped by on her way home from work. At this point, I can’t remember why — oh yes, I remember now — she was going to help me hang the cat quilt to get a good picture of it. Well given the wind has been blowing non-stop for what seems like days, that didn’t happen.  But she did buy me the May/June copy of Quiltmaker (I paid her back).  Before she left she asked if I wanted to run down to the Hunters Heirloom in Centerview, Missouri. It seems that today is their big customer appreciation day and everything is/was 25% off. Sure, why not. I’m still looking for the border fabric for Allietare.

The black Kansas Trouble print will be the outer border, binding and cuff on a pillowcase. The gold is the inner border and body case.  The red is to be the accent color on the binding. At the moment, I’m not planning on doing the scallops.  But hey, who knows what I’ll decide when I eventually get it quilted.

While there I picked up some FQs and a different seam ripper. My sister loves this one. I have no problem with my little cheap ones — except I can’t find them under the piles of stuff on sewing table so maybe I’ll be able to easily find this one when I need to use it. One the way out the door, I spotted an advertisement for a quilt show that was more or less on the way home. So we stopped in.  I picked up a couple of FQs from one of the vendors and  a couple of books and a color wheel from the guild garage sale.

I couldn’t remember if I had the Linda Taylor book or had borrowed if from the library. If I have a copy on my shelf, I’ll give this one to my sister.

At this point I need to stay out of the shops. I have plenty to work on.  Progress is being made on Cascade.

I think I’m up to 20 stars cut out for the Star-A-Day quilt. I have the border fabric for Allietare and the Alphabet BOM and I’ve started cutting 2″ strips for Carolina Chain and I’m considering cutting fabric for Diamond Tile.  Not to mention at least 4 other projects that need to be worked on; Blue/Green Strip Twist – blocks cut and just need to be assembled; Pineapple Blossom – pieces cut need to make the blocks; On Ringo Lake – blocks and sashing made, just needs to be assembled; and Candy Sunflower Seeds which simply needs the borders pieced and attached.

I wonder how many of these I can get to the top stage before the end of  May?




Busy Weekend

I started writing this post Monday.  I’m just now getting it posted. Ugh.

Last week there were two shop hops in the area.  One was the Ad Astra Adventures, which included 10 shops over northeast Kansas – 286 miles round trip.  The other was The Heartland Hop with just two stores – one on each side of the stateline. Fortunately the stores were open late and we had 5 days to hit them all.  I divided it up in to 3 trips, starting Thursday night.

Due to budgetary constraints, I limited myself to 2 FQ at most of the shops – a neutral and a bright. There were a few exceptions. Three of the shops had fill a bag of scraps.  I bought or won as a door prize the scraps on the right. I picked up yardage to finish the Alphabet BOM, and at the last store I picked up notions.  Each shop also had a spin and win door prize.

I’ve already started playing with my new fabric.

This is Cascade by Cluck Cluck Sew. The pattern has two sizes of blocks — the smaller ones are used to make a crib quilt, the larger a lap quilt.  Naturally I’m changing it up a bit. I’m using the smaller blocks to make a larger quilt – however far my 2 yards of black fabric will take me. I see now that I need to be careful with my tone-on-tone fabrics. I need to make sure there is some movement in them.


I’ve also pulled out my Star-A-Day stuff and have cut 7 new stars and have 3 more sets of points looking for background and coordinating points. 13 stars and another 4 sets of points. After I took this picture I found another set of star pieces and another set of points.  Now to sit down and stitch a couple.


Finally, I finished the cat quilt, but I don’t have a good picture yet.

I’m trying to keep the cat hair off the quilt until I have help to hang it outside to get a good picture. I figured on the bed with the door shut was a good way to do that.




The Blocks Are Complete

The blocks are finally complete. The sashing too.


So, next up is cutting the cornerstones and reading the rest of the directions.  I’m going to do with brown cornerstones, but I haven’t decided figured out if I want the turquoise border to be as designed, piano keys or HSTs.

ORL Progress

Progress is being made on On Ringo Lake.  I plan to use the sashing as the quilt was designed, but it doesn’t fit on my design wall with the sashing. At this point I’m just looking for obvious spots of color pooling. Once I get the last of the blocks made, I will also have all of my sashing made. Then it will be time to decide on cornerstones.


I have some brown and some turquoise cut. I tried both out.

I can’t decide if I like the turquoise or brown better.  I best get that decision made soon as it won’t be too long before I’ll need to start cutting the corner stones.



Time Estimations

Clearly, I cannot estimate time when it comes to quilting. What I thought would take me 10 or 20 minutes took closer to 1-1/2 hours between running out of bobbin thread and the machine eating my sashing pieces.  All of my sashing units are pieced and waiting to be paired together. I’ll sew the pairs as I add the last row to the blocks.

I really don’t want this quilt to become a UFO, but I have a deadline approaching for one maybe two quilts, both of which are in progress, so we’ll see how far I get before I get distracted.

The first one is a cat quilt. About a year ago I cut into my Cool Cat panel and came up with 12 blocks and the plan to make a kids quilt around 44 x 58.

But now, I need to morph this quilt to at least 60 x 85 and possibly 70 x 90. Well, either this or some other cat themed quilt. So my thought is to mix these blocks (and the 3 leftover cats from the panel) with the Caterwauling panel.

Part of that plan is to use some of my cat themed fabric that I’ve collected.

Anyway, I’m excited about the challenge and can’t wait to get started.  As for the 2nd quilt, it’s the blue and green Strip Twist, which is still just a stack of blocks at this point.

This will be a queen size quilt.

Music, a Walk, and Books

Tuesday my husband and I attended a talk and concert at the library. My husband wanted to hear David Amram speak. Mr Amram plays jazz and grew up knowing the jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Month, and Miles Davis.  Wikipeida has a good article on him.  What we didn’t know is that after the talk he was performing with Victor & Penny. It was a great evening.

Wednesday may have been Valentine’s Day, but we did it low-key. I improvised spaghetti in my Instant Pot. Most of the recipes I’ve found say brown the meat, add the spaghetti, pour a jar of sauce over it all and add water.  Not having a jar of spaghetti sauce, I  used a dry season package — the type where you add water and tomato paste — or less water and tomato sauce. After we tasted it, we decided it needed more tomato. Turns out the 8 ounce can of tomato sauce was not enough tomato. I rummaged in the refrigerator and found a partial jar of pizza sauce which worked in a pinch. Afterwards, we walked the mall simply to get out of the house.

That brings us to books.  Do not turn us loose in Half Price Books. It’s dangerous.  I innocently pointed out a book on a cart at the drop off counter and walked on to the quilt books where I found 3 or 4 things but couldn’t remember if I owned them or simply had checked them out from the library.  My husband comes and finds me and says ‘let’s get out of here’ because he has 2 or 3 books in his hand and he hasn’t made it to the counter where they are holding a book for him. I follow him in a moment, only to discover the music section is between the quilting books and the cash register. If the section had been in the back we would have made it out of the store with fewer books. I’m looking forward to reading a couple of these myself.  But only after I get a bit more quilting done.

I’m still working on On Ringo Lake. I’m guessing I can start assembling blocks after another 30 minutes of piecing. I might even begin assembling the top this weekend.  No new picture of ORL, but here is a pic of last year’s En Provence.  I brought it home half quilted before Christmas and dumped it on the end of the ironing board.  Butterscotch has decided it makes a nice bed.

On the design wall in the background is my postage stamp quilt. Since this picture was taken I have one more block made bringing my total up to 24.

The Daily Progress Report – February 2, 2018

Half the sashing pieces are finish and there’s only one unit left to add to the rows. The plan is to alternate adding the last unit to the row and add the first flip corner to the sashing so that when all the rows are finished I’ll have one end done on the rest of the sashing.  The other end of the sashing will be added as I sew the top row to the middle row. Finally I’ll join the sashing together as I finish the blocks.  At that point, I’ll need to revisit the directions.

11 Hours of Piecing

It’s more than 11  hours since I started the quilt, but I know I spent 11 hours piecing this weekend.  It’s been a long time since I pieced all weekend.  I was listening to Constant Fear by Daniel Palmer on and off.


The Block Units are Complete

All of the units needed for the On Ringo Lake blocks are made. I’ve even have the center rows done. On the other hand, the sashing units are just the same as they were back on December 27th…

One of each direction made and bagged up waiting for me to get to them.  I’ll add these into the mix as I sew my completed units into rows.  10 of each then get up and press.

Shoot. I thought I had all my fabric cut except for the setting triangles, but I just realized I need cornerstones to go with the sashing. Good thing I’ve not started cleaning up.