Seventeen

At first seventeen quilts didn’t seem like much.  Then, for a while, it felt nearly impossible.

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Now, it just feels finished.

Seventeen quilts 48″ x 60″ is 340 square feet of quilt.  Many apartments are smaller than that.

Seventeen quilts is 3672 inches of binding.  My binding stitches are about 5/16″.  Seventeen quilts is about 11750 stitches.

Seventeen quilts is nearly 40 yards of backing fabric, if it were standard width.  I purchased 108-wide backing.  Seventeen quilts used the whole bolt.

Seventeen quilts.  I will probably never do it again.  But, I am glad I did it once.

ps–More pictures after delivery to the owner.  Probably the post will be ready next weekend.

More Leftovers

Sometimes I get scrap bags, and sometimes I get “leftovers” bags.

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Leftovers are pieces of projects–sometimes blocks, sometimes a part of a top, sometimes it is hard to figure out.  These leftovers were long strips of smaller strips sewn together, more or less coin style.

They were not all the same width, but there were a number about 3″ wide.  I tore out the pieces that didn’t suit, added some 2″ strips of sashing and, ta-dah, a top!

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This top is 34″ x 35″, just right for a baby somewhere. I’ll get it quilted after I finish those memory quilts.  Getting closer, but moving slower, too many distractions–like leftovers.

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I don’t use everything I get, just check my trashcan.

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But, sometimes leftovers just need a little help to be something that somebody will love.

Harvest

Tiny pieces become little apples.

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Yep, this is what that mystery block, and a friend, turned into.

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There are a lot of apple blocks out there, but this is my take on it.

The blocks are 4-1/2″ wide and 5-1/2″ tall.  With the sashing this finishes at 7-1/2 x 11-1/2″.

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I might make something bigger–like a whole quilt.  Some red.  Some green.  And, don’t forget pink and yellow and…well, apples come in a lot of colors.  And some cores.  And some with leaves and some without.  They are fun to make, and I could get really carried away.

Tiny Pieces

Sometimes I look and what I am sewing and think, “Wow, that is a lot of little pieces.”

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No wonder people wonder about quilters.

This is going to be a block.  Yep, just one.  And a little one at that.  The pieces are 1-1/2″ squares.

Tiny pieces…they may make me shake my head, but they do make me happy.

Quick Christmas SewAlong

If you have a bag of Christmas scraps, you might want to join me for the Temecula 12-days of Christmas Quiltalong–Christmas Past and Presents.

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It is one tiny (3″) block a day for 12 days.  This time I am making 2 of each block for a larger version.  Not sure on setting yet, but I’ll figure that out when I get there.

Sometimes entirely unnecessary projects just because are just what a quilter needs for the holidays.

Window Box Finish

The holiday brought family (lots), food (plenty), fun (can there be too much?) and finishes!

The Window Box Quilt is a true finish now, not just a top.

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I love the large polka dot binding.  Very happy.

I had exactly a yard of the fabric that was planned for the back, but the quilt is 37″ square.  So I added a 2-1/2″ strip and a few blocks to make it large enough and that made me happy, too.

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Before the holiday I pushed really hard on the memory quilt project and took five with me to stitch down binding while traveling.  And they are all done.  That makes 12 of 17 FINISHED! (Pictures coming soon.)

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A thankful holiday and six quilt finishes.  Can it be any better than that?!

Sew Sweet Simplicity: Block Two

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Wow!  A month has flown by.  Most of my sewing time has been invested in the memory quilt project, but it was easy to set aside a little time for Sew Sweet Simplicty:  Block 2.

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And here they are–two of them.

I plan to make two each of the six blocks Jacquelynne designed and set them in a design of my choosing (still to be finalized).

If you haven’t signed up already, you still can.  Just stop by the Art of Home and let her know you want to be part of the fun.

In the meantime, you can leave a comment here to be in the drawing for another great GIVEAWAY.  Jacquelynne is offering copies of several of her patterns.  Yay, us!

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The giveaway will run through December 1.

That’s about it for now.  I am off to do some more sewing.