Soggy Saturday

After a long, dry winter we are having a remarkably wet spring.  This was the view out my front window to the north this morning as the rain slowed and the clouds lifted.  Yep, fresh snow on the mountains.   It is a wonderful thing, the rain, particularly on a Saturday.  Oh yes, I can hear the skepticism, but if the weather were bright and sunny I would be outside working.

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As it is, I can stay inside and not feel even a little guilty as I putter around and get a few little jobs out of the way.

In the morning I was by far the first one up (as is usual) and I didn’t want to disturb the sleepers, so I cut scraps.  Mostly 2″ squares.  Even though I have hundreds (read possibly thousands) I needed more in specific colors for the upcoming borders of the Calico Rose quilt.

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And cleaned and organized my thread drawer.  I just did this at Christmas, but it seems to need doing regularly.  I am trying hard to use up small scraps of thread when piecing scrappy quilts (Why not?!) to get  the drawer less crowded.  What am I saving those little pieces for anyway?  Part of me resists thinking that I might have a sewing project that might need just that particular shade and now…BUT, I remained strong and set aside 15 spools with a single layer wrap or less remaining.

Much of the rest of the day was spent catching up ironing and mending and sewing a few blocks together, too.  The alternating blocks for Calico Rose are finished, and I’ll have the quiltalong post ready  soon.

Also grocery shopping for the week and a few other household chores and errands.

And a remodeled a skirt for Daughter. (No picture of this yet.)

Now it is evening and nearly time to  head back to bed again.  Not bad for a soggy Saturday.

Finished (And Nameless)

The quilt based on orphan blocks is finished.  And a pillow as a friend.

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It will soon go to a charity raffle and new home.  You might be interested to know that, after many requests, I have decided to go ahead a write a pattern to share with all you lovely people.  Problem is, I need a name.

Suggestions?

Also, how would you feel about it being a quiltalong during the summer after Calico Rose is finished.-?  Maybe on a faster (every 2 weeks) schedule?

Adorable Iron

You might not generally think of the words “adorable” and “iron” in the same sentence, but when the iron in question is only a few inches long and about 150 years old…well, maybe.

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This sad iron is an Enterprise 115 and was patented in 1877.  The bottom is smooth and shows some signs of starch as if it were used.  It came in a box of miscellany from a woman in town who died and the family just wanted stuff cleaned out…it would have gone in the trash.

How many hands has this iron passed through?  Was it used by children?  For doll clothes?  For tiny details like pleats?

What stories it could tell!

Frivolous

I did not need a hand mirror.

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But, the back looked like this.

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So it came home with me.

CALICO ROSE QUILTALONG: Star Blocks

Congratulations, you have made it to month three.  If you are just joining this quiltalong adventure, Welcome! You can check HERE for directions and more information.

By now, most of the rest of you should have chosen a size to make. SMALL–a throw that uses 5 stars and four alternating blocks. Finished size about 48″ square; MEDIUM–This is the size I am making this time. It uses 13 stars and 12 alternating blocks. Finished size about 72″ square; LARGE: This is the size of the original Calico Rose. It uses 25 star and 24 alternating blocks. Finished size 96″ square.

Let’s get started on this month’s adventure:  The Star Blocks.

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Last month we made the 16-patch centers.  We’ll add star points to those and assemble the blocks.  Ready?!

CUTTING:

1. You will need to cut background fabric into squares.  Some are for the corners of the blocks and some are for the half square triangles.  You will cut four of each size per block.

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If you are making a small quilt, cut 20 4″ background squares and 20 3-1/2″ background squares.  You will also need 20 4″ colored squares.

If you are making a medium quilt, cut 52 4″ background squares and 52 3-1/2″ background squares.  You will also need 52 4″ colored squares.

If you are making a large  quilt, cut 100 4″ background squares and 100 3-1/2″ background squares.  You will also need 100 4″ colored squares.

SPECIAL NOTE:  If you are using 2-1/2″ squares in your centers, you will need the same number of squares, but the sizes will be 5″ and 4-1/2″.

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Note that I have tried to spread the colors about equally through my chosen color scheme.  You don’t have to be obsessive-compulsive (who me?) but I believe it gives a balance to your quilt if you are.

CONSTRUCTION:

1. Match a 4″ background square to a 4″ colored square and create half square triangles.  I like to mark the diagonal, sew 1/4″ away from both sides and cut up the middle.  You can get details on that method HERE.

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2. Repeat for all 4″ squares.

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3. I hate to say this, but you really do need to square up.  No one really likes doing it, but it does make a difference.  Get details HERE.

4. Lay out your star blocks.  They consist of the pieced 16-patch centers you made last month, 8 half square triangle blocks and four 3-1/2″ background squares.

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5. Assemble.

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6. Repeat as needed depending on your quilt size. If you are making a small quilt, five times.  If a medium, 13.  If a large, 25 is the magic number.

Yay you!  Stand back and admire your finished blocks.  Don’t they look nice!

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How is this going for you? Let me know.  Send pictures.  Add suggestions.  I love to hear from you, even when I am not good about getting back.  Only a little more school left (even though I love my job, it does interfere with my sewing life. :) ) and then I will be more able to answer all e-mails.

We’ll be back on June 10 for the next set of directions:  Setting Blocks.

A No Sew Solution

I found this red formal for $1 at a garage sale.  Right size for Daughter .  What I missed at first glance was the resourceful no-sew solution the previous owner had used to hem the dress.

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Sorry for the strange shot, but I was laughing really hard when Husband took the picture.  You have to give them points for creativity.

Yes, that is packing tape and safety pins.

National Quilting Circle Blogging Awards–VOTING TIME

Thanks to all who nominated WeddingDressBlue for the National Quilting Circle Blogging Awards.  It is now VOTING TIME.

Stop by and see all the great nominees–it is an honor just to see my name next to those famous and respected people.  WOW!

Vote, too, if you feel so inclined.

Thanks again!