Well, That Didn’t Work

I gave myself a sewing marathon Friday night (the first time I have felt like it in a long time) and enjoyed myself.  Along the way I decided to get out my small strings box and try an idea that had been floating around for a while now.

Somehow, the measurements were off and I ended up with…this…poor…thing.  Very oddly proportioned.

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Drat!  That didn’t work.

Not to be daunted, I tried again and produced something much more attractive.  Three of them in fact.

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Spool blocks!  I have wanted to make some for ages.

They are small (finish to 4″ x 5″) but surely they will be good for something. In the meantime, I am playing with fabric and waiting to see what happens next.

New Life For Leftovers

In 2010  I made a block of the month quilt for a local quilt shop. You can read more about it HERE.

For years (four years) the scraps have been here looking to be made into…something. I vowed this would be the year.

And here it is…

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A throw quilt, and…

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A pillow.

No tutorials here, just playing with fabric and taking inspiration as it came from the colors and sizes of scraps on hand.

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The top finishes at 49″x56″ and the pillow is a standard 18″ square.

They are fun in a scrappy-happy kind of way, I think.

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This set is being donated to the Real Men Can Cook fundraiser dinner and silent auction being held locally in September to benefit the battered womens shelter.  I hope it contributes substantially to this important cause.

In The Works

I hauled out a pile of coordinated scraps–leftovers from a Block of the Month quilt several years ago–and am playing with them.

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Something is definitely in the works!

Free And Clear

I am officially done “having pneumonia” and am now “recovering from pneumonia.” Amazing how happy such news can make a person! What a long month (nearly 5 weeks) it has been.

“See gratitude as a disposition, a way of life that stands independent of our current situation. ... Focus on being thankful in our circumstances—whatever they may be. ... Choose to be grateful, no matter what.” From President Uchtdorf's http://pinterest.com/pin/24066179228856353 general conference http://facebook.com/pages/General-Conference-of-The-Church-of-Jesus-Christ-of-Latter-day-Saints/223271487682878 message http://lds.org/general-conference/2014/04/grateful-in-any-circumstances

Thank you again for all the kind words, good advice and prayers that were sent my way. I was not able to respond to all of them, but they were all read and appreciated. Very much.

There are several projects in the works or planned, and I will have some to share soon.

 

 

Hand Quilting Is Restful

I continue a slow climb out of pneumonia.  When the doctor said “one month” as an estimated recovery time, I didn’t believe him.  I am young(-ish).  I am healthy.  I have never needed a month to recover from anything.  But, it is looking more and more like he was right.  That puts me sometime the first week of August before I can expect to feel better.

Well, OK, then, if that is the way it has to be, I’ll do what I can in the meantime … and sleep a lot in between.  Yesterday I was too tired to do much but not really sleepy, so I got out this little something started back in February.

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Hand quilting is very restful.

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And it is finished!

Oh My Stars, It’s Finished!

This started as a quiltalong in (I hesitate to say it) 2011.  I realize that is no sort of record, but it was a long time for me to wait for something I really liked and wanted to see finished.

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And now it is.

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Being sick has advantages. I can’t do much but sit and rest.  And when I can’t sleep my hands need something to do.

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It is scrappy, but controlled scrappy.  I loved the backing/binding fabric when I saw it and I decided to coordinate the front to the back again.  Sure enough, it worked!  I loved the back, and I love the front.  There are about 60 different fabrics, I think.  Enough to give variety, but not chaos.  Even though the blocks are stars, the color gives it a leaf feeling.  Sort of tricky!

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So, there you have it.  A finished Oh My Stars quilt.  I think it will be a quilt for my guest room, which I am working to rotate seasonally.  So far I have three quilts–winter, summer and this one will be fall.  Hmm…time to start thinking about spring?

 

TUTORIAL: Build-A-Baby Quilt

The block is a Carpenter’s Star, sized specifically for baby. You can cut scraps or use that charm pack that has been languishing on a shelf. Enjoy!

BUILD-A-BABY QUILT

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36″ x 36″

MATERIALS

I used 16 different orange and green fabrics to give it a scrappy vibe, but less variety, a charm pack, or even using two different colors will work.  Just know that for the purposes of this quilt we will call orange  “Fabric 1″ and green “Fabric 2.”  Hopefully that will help you keep them straight.

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1 yard background fabric–white here.  You will have some leftover

backing (1-1/8 yard)

batting (at least 40″ square)

binding (1/3 yard, if you use 2-1/4″ width)

16 5″ squares of Fabric 1

16 5″ squares of Fabric 2

CUTTING DIRECTIONS

1. From background fabric cut: 16  4-1/2″ squares, 16 5″ squares, two strips 2-1/2″ x 32-1/2″, two strips 2-1/2″ x 36-1/2″.

2. If you haven’t already got your charms, you need 16 5″ squares of each “color”–Fabric 1 and Fabric 2.

CONSTRUCTION

1. Select 8 squares of Fabric 1 and 8 squares of Fabric 2.  You will build Half-Square Triangles (HST).  You can use your favorite method.  Mine is to mark a line on the diagonal and sew two seams 1/4″ off the center line, then cut in half and iron open to create two HST blocks.  You can get more details on how to do that HERE.

2. Using the remaining 8 squares of Fabric 1 and 8 5″ background squares, make more HST blocks.

3. One more time!  Using the remaining 8 squares of Fabric 2 and 8 5″ background squares, make more HST blocks.

4.  Now you are all done building HST blocks.  You should have48 in all.

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5. Square up the HST blocks to 4-1/2″.  This ensures accurate piecing and is worth the time you spend.  You can get more information on how to do this HERE.

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6. Lay out the HST blocks and the 4-1/2″ background squares in the Carpenter’s Star pattern.  You can find a really good diagram HERE, except that I put background squares in the corner, not squares of Fabric 1.

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7. Assemble the blocks into strips and then sew the strips together to assemble the center star. Press.

8.  Attach the two 2-1/2″ x 32-1/2″ background pieces to the sides.  Press. Attach the two 2-1/2″ x 36-1/2″ background pieces to the top and bottom.  Press.

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9. Sandwich, quilt, bind and label as desired. I used some simple echo quilting around the star pattern and some curved quilting in the center and corners.  Nothing too fancy, but it will hold those layers together.  The binding is a medium mossy green to match Fabric 2.

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10. Ta-dah!  You have a finished Build-A-Baby Quilt.  Well done!

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NOTICE:  I chose a backing fabric that I loved and matched  the colors for the top with it.  If you are new to scrappy or just like a little help with color work, this is a great method.  If you love the back, you will love the quilt.

If you want more of the story about this particular quilt, which was designed and built specifically for W. Rockwell T., my third grandchild, you can read it HERE.

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BUILD-A-BABY GALLERY

…your beautiful creation HERE!