New Idea

There are probably other projects I should have been working on, but I had a new idea. So, I had to see what it would look like.

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For now, it is called “Cross My Heart.”  This isn’t a great picture, particularly against the light floor. Also, binding will change the look a lot.  That said, what do you think? Should the heart be larger?  Or sort of a surprise waiting to be discovered?

Waste Triangles #3: Just Couldn’t Wait Any Longer

A few months ago I was gifted a box of assorted waste triangles–all sizes and colors.

I knew I wanted to do something with them, but planned on waiting until 2018 was officially underway.

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But, they started humming at me, “Look at us.  Play with us.  We could be beautiful.”

So, I finally couldn’t wait any longer.  The fabric was there.  The idea was there.

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And this is what I have so far.

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My resistance to fabric temptation is very poor!

A Few Small Things

My current projects are a few baby quilts, part of the several I am making for my mother to have on hand.

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Here is a finished top, based on 4″ squares.

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And the back, to make the colors make more sense–I think it has a vintige-y, outdoors-y feeling.

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Here is the second one, or, rather, two of the nine blocks.

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They are part of this stack of pieces, intended to go with the backing of tools and construction equipment.

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And there are these little pieces of leftovers I am going to do something with.  Later on.

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And finally this one, which is just a pile of scraps and ideas at the moment, but it will involve cars when it is finished.

Baby quilts are fun because they are quick and low risk.  Even if you don’t find that you love an idea, it is easy to push towards a finish knowing that you won’t have to suffer very long.  And, sometimes, you discover something you really love and can do again later on a larger scale.

I hope to have all of these small things finished by the end of the month, at least to the flimsy stage.

 

Irish Stars: Check In

How is your Irish Stars quilt coming along?

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Mine is…coming…slowly.  But, I knew it would.  One does not finish 361 blocks in a day, or even a week, or even a year.  I am at 82 blocks, and loving every one of them.  It is very satisfying to see my small stack grow larger.

Anyway, please feel free to comment below or to send pictures (weddingdressblue at gmail dot com).  I will share all pictures received in a post early next week so we can continue to cheer each other on.

Remember:  NOT A RACE.  Just like-minded people sewing along together.

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Sweet Sixteen: A FAIR Quilt

Sweet Sixteen was completed Sunday night and delivered to the local fair on Monday.

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We’ll see how they like it, but I LOVE it regardless.

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There are 1344 colored squares and nearly every one is unique.

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The quilting is mostly a simple cross hatch pattern, but with some flowers scattered here and there for surprises.

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The backing is as happy as the front.

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Yes, I love this quilt.  It was my 2016-early 2017 leader-ender.

Why Kaffe?

I have never sewn with Kaffe before.  Those who read my blog often are possibly wondering what happened.

Well, remember that we are redecorating.

Husband picked out throw rugs, curtains and a duvet set for winter.  This is not a picture of the actual rugs, but a similar one–ours have a strong chevron pattern, but close to the same color scheme.  “I like color,” he said.  Who knew?  After all, I have only been married to the man for 22 years.

My mother believes that my quilting has had an influence on him and slowly but surely drawn/pushed/led him in this direction.

Anyway, with all that luscious color, Kaffe fabric seemed appropriate, with some solids and white to give stability and organization.  All of this was scraps gradually accumulated from gifted bags over the years. I had sorted them with the vague idea of doing something someday.

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All blocks are complete–assembly follows.  And border decisions.

ps–The tutorial for the Irish Star blocks will be posted early next week.  This Kaffe quilt (known as O-Kaffe) has distracted me from verifying the measurements on the different size blocks.  I will have them done soon.  Promise.