My Braid Block… It’s Beginning To Look Like….


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HEY!! It is beginning to look like a quilt top.

Sewing these strips is soooo addicting. Try it. I bet you can’t just sew a few. Once you start, you end up sewing for at least an hour.

I now have two sections finished. Each with 92 strips. 5″ across and 68″ down. (The sections aren’t sewn together. It just looks like it.)

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I stopped there. Didn’t want to do any ripping out later if I decide to go shorter. I can always add more strips if I want it longer.

What do you think of this fabric for the binding?

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It is green but it does have an unusual design. I don’t think it will get lost in all that green. I have it pinned to the quilt top in the first photo. The green in the center has butterflies. It will be the sashing.

Boy, this design sure uses up lots of strips. Perfect for scraps. I only have about 150 cut strips left. And here I thought I cut too many.

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Hopefully I can get another 150 from my leftover scraps. Then I will have to use my stash. But that’s a good thing. Feels good using up so many scraps.

Well, got to go to the post office to mail off a couple of packages. I will sew more on my braid quilt later today. Maybe even get two more sections finished. 😀

Hope you are having a great weekend. What are you doing?

Eight Strip Blocks Done… Keeping 4


Remember in my last post, I told you it took me almost an hour to make the first strip block? Well, I got the time down to 20 minutes. And I am thinking I can get it down even more. If I cut the strips ahead of time. I have been grab-and-go, placing the strips, cutting them down to get the look I wanted. All on the fly. Overall, I am pleased with the outcome.

Here’s what the eight look like.

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You know how much I love earthtones. Though I tried to steer away from browns, I did automatically reach for orange, rust, wine and green. I made just one block predominantly with purples and lavenders. I like it. I plan to make a few more.

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Want to see which four I am keeping?

These. I will turn them into a wall hanging using my Chili Pepper fabric for the border.

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I ran out of the fabric I will use for the first border. Checkerboard. It was a scrap I bought on eBay last month. Wish I had more. It looks black and white, and I have it in black and white. But that is CREAM and black. Love it!! If anyone knows where I can find it, let me know.

I will use orange for the cornerstones. I auditioned green, red and black. The orange “pops” plus it is almost the same shade in the Chili Pepper fabric.

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So… anyhoo… I am setting this aside for now. Let it settle. Let me see if I can go a week without changing or rearranging. I really do like it as is though. Only one thing I would change. That one really BRIGHT green strip in the right bottom corner blinds me when I look at it through the camera lens. 😦 It may get a makeover.

OK, just wanted to show you what I worked on yesterday. I was so excited getting to play with my scraps.

Starting The New Year With Black and White and Stripes


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I have decided this will be my first quilted item for 2012. Something old combined with something new. The strips were sewn around June last year. My plan was to make pillow covers. But couldn’t decide on two large, four small or one large/two small.

So, rather than cut into it until I made up my mind, I just enjoyed folding it different ways and taking photos.

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So now it has been rescued from the Round-To-It Pile. And guess what? It won’t be pillow covers after all!! It is going to be a quilt. I “think” I want to make Half Square Triangles. Half stripes. Half black and white. And since I have been accumulating black and white fabric for a year, I should have more than enough to get started.

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And I think I will work in the new color for 2012. Tangerine. (Read all about it below.)

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So… that’s what I am working on. What are you working on? Have you made your first 2012 crafty item yet?


2012 Color of the Year

http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/new-year-new-color-pantones-2012-pick-tangerine-tango

http://www.pantone.com/pages/fcr.aspx?pg=20910&ca=4

We Interrupt This Project….


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I have been done in by PURPLE!!

I can’t seem to step away from it and move on to the next color. As you know for the last week (more like 10 days) I have been working on my Scrappy Project. Sewing strips and strings together to create scrappy 4 1/2″ blocks. Everything was working like clockwork. Pick a color. Make the blocks. Move on to the next color. And repeat. That is until I dumped out the purple scraps onto my work table.

I became obsessed with using up every single purple scrap that was at least 4 1/2″. Even sewed small pieces together. I made 13 more blocks and that was the end of the long strips. Yay!!

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Now there are 64 purple blocks. 2 1/2″ of them.

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I should have been happy to finish them up, right? Nope. I was thinking, what can I do with the smaller pieces.

Yep. I cut them into 1 1/2″ squares.

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And sewed the squares into strips.

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I am so loving this. I may never move on to the next color. 😀

Cut and Waiting Its Turn/Bobbin Winder Broken

Tuesday, July 28

Today was all about organizing fabric and putting them in piles. Prints and patterns I wouldn’t normally mix. Thinking outside the box here. Getting my creative juices flowing.

I cut some strips. Used scissors. So glad these don’t have to be perfect.

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These are waiting to be cut.

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I am so excited. I love making these fabric bowls. I am trying to make them different. Changing up how I end the coil. What I do for the handle or IF basket will have a handle.

I wish my sewing machine was loving me sewing on it. It’s only a couple years old. I bet I haven’t used it more than 100 times and the bobbin winder called in sick. I can’t get it to move. I guess it is stuck on “leave me be”. I cleaned the bobbin case. Now, how could the two be related? One is inside the machine and the other is up on top of the machine. When one is moving, the other is not. But HEY!! What do I know!! I cleaned it anyway.

Still didn’t work. I don’t know what else to do. I went through my manual. They is nothing on bobbin winder won’t move. Will be calling the repair shop tomorrow. I hope they can fix it on the spot. Don’t want to leave it. Just when the urge to sew is so strong.

Oh well… I have plenty of fabric to cut up.

Psst.. You are probably wondering why those yellow and red rings are sitting on top of the fabric. You will have to wait for my post on Fabric Bowl #4. 😀

Fabric Bowl #2, Fall Leaves

Wednesday, July 22

If someone had told me I would be glued to a sewing machine for four hours and enjoying it, I would have told them “no way, not gonna happen”.

BUT… WAY, it did happen!! Well, off and on, between cutting fabric strips, wrapping the cord, sewing, stopping, wrapping, sewing, stopping…

This fabric bowl took me about 5 hours to make. The bowl posted on Craft Stylish took 4 hours. So I guess that makes me a slow sewer. I am OK with that. Especially when they come out LIKE THIS!!

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I selected the fabric to make my 2nd bowl sometime last week.

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I added some fat quarters, ended up using just one. Thread I already had. And I used 8mm macrame cord instead of clothes line. It is working out really well.

Here’s my sewing machine in action. I have a Janome Memory Craft 10001. I am actually loving it!! It does all sorts of neat tricks at the touch of a finger. I kept altering the width and length of the zig zag stitch. Cool!!

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And I put all those years in the corporate world to good use. 40 years of organizational skills learned. I created a “strip organizer”. 😀

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These are pictures taken as I was almost finished.

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The STUMPER in making this bowl is what to do with the cord end when finished. ???

I think I solved it. By twirling it around and adding a crochet flower and a button to somewhat cover it. Looks good to me.

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Go here for instructions to make your own. I altered it a bit.

http://www.craftstylish.com/item/33825/how-to-sew-a-fabric-bowl