A Wonky Quilt Top Finish


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Well, nothing lined up properly. And the points don’t match up. It is indeed a wonky quilt. BUT I LOVE IT just the same.

After deciding I did not want to make any more wonky blocks, I started adding borders. One white to kind of disguise the cutoff block tips. And one in black to wrap up the color explosion. I finished putting the last border on yesterday. It measures 57″ by 57″.

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For the back, I will use the two leftover blocks and surround them with polka dots. For the binding, I think I will go bold and use hot pink polka dots.

This project has been a learning experience. For sure next time, I will accurately measure the corner triangles so I don’t end up cutting into the “block” when trimming. It’s all good. If I don’t learn something from each of my projects, then I need to put my sewing machine in storage.

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I still have a ton of half-square triangles (HST’s) leftover from my Hugs and Kisses quilt. The smaller ones. I think I will trim these before deciding on a project. Not sure if I want to go wonky again.

I have one more border to sew on my Stairsteps quilt and yay!! that quilt top will be finished too.

For real!! Two quilt tops. Can you believe it?

OK… enough about me. What have you been working on? Do tell.


Linking up to.

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/06/leftovers-quilt.html

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2013/06/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-sunset-on-water.html

http://aroundtheblockdesigns.blogspot.com/2013/06/really-random-thursday-6613-kansas.html

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com/2013/06/link-finish-friday-70.html

Decision Made On My Wonky HST’s


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OK.

I have decided.

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This is how I will proceed with my Wonky Half-Square Triangle blocks.

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I thought I had enough polka dots. I have purple, hot pink, navy, orange, red, royal, kelly green, yellow, black, baby blue, gray and avocado. But now I am thinking I need a few more. Turquoise and white. Or aqua and white would be pretty. Baby pink. Maybe…

Seven more blocks are pinned and ready to sew.

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I have to use my walking foot to sew these. To get up and over the beginning “hump”. Otherwise I am sewing in place and making a thread ball.

How do you sew over bulky seams? Do tell.

Being All Loopy Is NOT Easy


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The bonding continues.

With my new sewing machine.

Hats off to the quilters who make loops seem so easy to make. They are NOT!! The process looks simple enough. Going round and round. But try it. You want to make the loops all perfect and consistent but something happens between Point A to Point B. You realize you have to go left instead of right. The space is smaller than you thought. You get boxed in. And so on and so on.

I wanted to practice on something other than a scrap quilt sandwich. So I made this little doll quilt from one of my extra Scrappy Trip Around The World blocks.

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The heart country-look fabric had been in my stash over two years. Some of the first I bought when I was stash building. It had been auditioned many, many times but rarely used. I thought it would be perfect for this project.

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Now I have to decide on the binding. Maybe green. And a doll quilt needs a little pillow, right? 😀

What else have I been working on?

I have spent practically all month working with my scraps. And loving it. Will be sad when they are all gone. But HEY. That is good news. It means I need to get busy cutting into my stash.

Will be back tomorrow or Wednesday. Lots to show you.

Regarding my awful loops… practice, practice, practice.

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Linking to…

http://www.conniekresin.com/2013/04/lunky-tuesday.html

Binding Day: Done, Done and Done


OK… as you know, I had a “quilting day” last Saturday. It was National Quilting Day. I showed you the three projects I finished quilting.

Well, yesterday was Binding Day.

Binding Project #1.

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I used this Michael Miller yellow fabric with huge white dots to bind my little Tea Party rug mug. Binding is 2 1/2″ folded, machine stitched to the front, then machine stitched in the ditch from the front to sew the backside. I pinned from the back and then slowly sewed while keeping an eye on the pins on the underside. I removed the pins as I approached.

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I used deep plum thread on the top and yellow bobbin thread. I have to tell ya. I LOVE how this turned out. And definitely will make another.


Binding Project #2.

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I bought this WILD fabric (Alexander Henry) a couple years ago and have been auditioning it for many, many projects. But it got tossed back on the shelf more times than not. BUT for this little ticker tape mat, it was perfect.

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I was trying for a wider look so I cut the binding 3″. But wish now that I had cut 2 1/2″ instead. It folded up on the back a tad bit more than I wanted. But other than that, it came out ok when I machine stitched the backside.


Binding Project #3.

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I call this fabric the “tape measure” fabric because that is what it reminds me of.

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This one I did cut 3″ binding strips and left an eighth inch of batting showing to give the binding a wider look.

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Not sure of the brand name/manufacturer for this yellow fabric. Will have to dive into my selvage bin to see if I still have it.

So, that is what I did on my Binding Day.

Have you tried machine stitching the binding back? Or do you prefer to hand stitch the back? Do tell..


Linking up to…

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/03/soft-kitty.html

Crossroads Quilt Top, Leaders and Enders Quilt Blocks and Charity Pillowcases


It’s been awhile since my last post. But I am still here. Alive and kicking.

Want to see what I have been working on?

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I finished the quilt top for my Crossroads to Jericho blocks near the end of February. Nine rows across and eight rows down. 72 blocks. Each block is 9″ square. I ended up with 20 extras and could probably make the quilt top wider or longer. But for now, I think I will leave it as is. 78″ by 70″.

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It wasn’t until I was sewing Rows 3 and 4 together that I figured out an easier way to get the points to line up correctly. It isn’t perfect but I am happy with how it turned out. Here are a couple closeups.

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And in between making that quilt top, I made all of these blocks.

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I am calling them my Leaders and Enders scrappy quilt blocks because that is how they were made. Sewing this way slows you down a bit but time I have. I wasn’t in a rush. There are 56 blocks up on my design wall. Ready for me to sew together.

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Each block measures 10″ square. Most are Log Cabin or my version of the Log Cabin. I let the fabric speak to me and placed it where I thought it looked best.

These are my favorites.

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The BEST PART… I now have my scraps totally under control. I started off with a handful of each color (except brown, saving them for later). I thought about cutting and trimming each scrap, Scrap Management, and doing what the “experts” say to do. But then I would still be cutting and trimming. I decided to Grab and Sew working from a huge pile of scraps plunked down right in the center of my work table. I even used my stash when I ran out of longer strips for the last round (10″ strip). That felt really great. Scraps and Stash. Even selvages were used for several blocks.

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Did I use up all of my scraps? Nope. Still have lots left. But I did take the time to somewhat organize what was left by size. Long strips, squares/rectangles/odd shapes. And bits. LOTS of bits. A huge bag full of them. Tiny pieces 1 1/2″ or smaller. I couldn’t part with them. I will use them for smaller projects like doll quilts.


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I also made my charity pillowcases the L and E way. In between everything else. Hubby said it looked like a tornado had hit my sewing room. I have to admit, I had stuff everywhere but it was organized stuff. I knew where everything was. Originally I was setting aside two or three days a month to make the pillowcases. But sewing them as enders has worked out great.

Don’t you love these fabrics!! Bright. Bold. I made 22 for February and already have seven started for March.

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Sorry I didn’t do a February roundup to show you what I made. I didn’t make a lot of stuff. Mostly I worked on Crossroads to Jericho blocks, Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks and my BOM blocks. Oh, and I made a heart themed mug rug for a swap in one of my quilt groups. I will post photos on my sidebar.

Hope you have been crafting and doing what you love. Did you miss me? 😀


Linking up to…

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/03/mini-sunday-morning.html

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2013/03/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-little-designing.html

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com/2013/03/link-finish-friday-58.html

http://aroundtheblockdesigns.blogspot.com/2013/03/really-random-thursday-31413.html

http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2013/03/we-did-it-wednesday_12.html

http://www.conniekresin.com/2013/03/linky-tuesday_12.html

Leaders/Enders Works Of Art


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Leaders. Enders. You know what they are, right? If you are in the Quilting Community, you know. For my non-quilty readers, it just means Do Not Waste Thread. When you come to the end of what you are sewing, grab two scraps and stitch them together. Then go back to what you were first sewing since now it has advanced out the back and can be clipped off. Keep doing this. Sewing two scraps in between your “project” sewing.

And before you know it, you have a table full of pieced scraps.

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Isn’t this the cutest!!

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I only recently started sewing the L/E way. Maybe about six months. I do it about 60% of the time. Because sometimes I get so excited, wanting to snatch out the fabric to see if the seams matched up that I forget. But I am trying to get up to 80% of the time. No sense wasting thread if I don’t have to. And that Gutermann thread is pricey. I only buy it when it is half off.

A few days ago, I changed up how I was sewing my L/E’s. I decided to go Round Robin. Sort of like Log Cabin style. Sewing in the round. Add a strip. Turn. Add another strip. Kept turning and adding until the block was the size I wanted.

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I used the center square as my color inspiration. A 2 1/2″ square selected from my charm collection. Rest of the fabrics came from my scrap bin.

Love. Love. Love them. And those times when I don’t feel like creating art “as you go”, I will just grab two scraps and sew. Art will come later when I fit all the pieces together like a puzzle.

Are you saving or wasting thread? 😀

Do tell….


Linking up to.

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/02/mini-mat.html

http://aroundtheblockdesigns.blogspot.com/2013/02/really-random-21413.html

http://www.conniekresin.com/2013/02/linky-tuesday-starts-now.html

Sashing Is Done… Time For The Borders


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Seems I have been working on this Green Scrappy Braid Quilt forever. And I HAVE!! For about four weeks. On and off. With a few other projects being worked on in between.

But I have good news. The sashing is finished. And I can now move on to the outside borders.

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Initially, I wanted to use this green fabric. But didn’t think I had enough.

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And to buy more at the price/shipping the seller was asking would have ended up being more than I wanted to spend on a scrappy quilt. Overkill. So “Babble”, the name of the fabric, went back to my stash. (And thank you, Sonnethawk, for your help in locating the color I needed. I bookmarked the site.)

I think this apple green with butterflies works just fine.

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It complements all the various shades of green I used for the braids.

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For the inside borders, I decided on a black fabric with white loopy loops. It is busy. But I like it.

This quilt top will be the second largest quilt I have made to-date. (The American Heroes quilt being slightly larger.) Right now without the outside borders, it measures 82″ across and 65″ down. Borders will be 2″ on the left and right and 4″ on top and bottom. So I am thinking it will end up somewhere around 86″ by 74″.

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I am calling it my Scrap Buster. Except for the sashing and borders, it was made with about 95% scraps. For variety, I ended up cutting strips from a few FQ’s and my stash but mostly it was from my green scrap bag.

Remember the photo I showed you a month ago?

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This is what that bag looks like now. SWEET!!

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I will use even more scraps to make a pieced back. More braided panels. At least two. 92 strips per panel. Then I will piece together leftover scraps and see how close I can come to the measurements for the top. For sure I will need to add from my stash. The same green and black I am using for sashing and borders.

My plan is get the quilting done This Year. Not sure when but this year. I am determined NOT to go into next year with a bunch of quilt tops in need of quilting. 😀

How about you? Are you working to reduce your UFO’s? Have you finished anything yet this year? Do tell…..


Go here for directions to make your own braided quilt.

http://www.quilterscache.com/B/BraidBlock.html

Paper Pieced Mug Rug Is Finished!!


Can someone tell me why I was so stressed out when I started this last Sunday? 😀

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Shhh… don’t tell anyone but I think I am softening up to paper piecing. I like it much better than I did a few days ago.

Mug rug measures 10 3/4″ square. I put hanging tabs (triangles) on the back so it can be used as a little wall hanging also. I did just a bit of quilting. Only straight lines outlining the “branches” and all around the green border. With the focus on the trees, it didn’t need a lot of extra stitching.

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Off it goes in the mail in the morning. It is going to my Winter Themed Mug Rug swap partner. Hope she likes it!!

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Thank you so much for the comments you left about your own paper piecing experience and for giving me encouragement not to give up.


Want to know how I am coming along on my green scrappy braid quilt top? It is going nicely.

I worked on it in between working on the mug rug. I now have 11 panels completed with plans for one last one to make it an even twelve. And then I will sew the panels together.

Originally I wanted to add sashing but now I think it will be too much green as you are looking across it. And I don’t want to bring in another color. The border I am going to add should give the eye somewhere to rest.

I am pleased with how it looks thus far. Wait until you see how many scraps I used up. Will have to take a new photo of my green scrap bag to show you. But for now… here is what it looks like up on my design wall.

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I ran out of the green fabric I need for the border. It should be here in a few days. Hopefully I can get this project finished soon. Don’t need to add to my UFO’s. 😀


Linking up to…

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/01/pezzy-complete.html

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2013/01/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-keeping.html

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com/2013/01/link-finish-friday-49.html

http://aroundtheblockdesigns.blogspot.com/2013/01/really-random-thursdayfriday-11113.html

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?

Scrappy Week 2 – Going Green


Next up?

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Green…

One of my readers, Dorothy, asked me to show how I am sewing the strips together before cutting them into 4 1/2″ blocks.

This is how I am doing them.

First, organize. It is easier and faster to just grab a scrap if the piles are sorted. If they are really wrinkled, I will press them before beginning.

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Next I do the “touch the ruler” test. Select a scrap, briefly touch it to the ruler, making sure it is at least 4 1/2″ long.

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Width doesn’t matter. Wide, thin, teeny tiny, wedge shaped. I use them all. The wonkier the better.

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BUT I make sure the edge is straight before I sew. A quick trim with scissors. I don’t use a foundation to begin. Just sew two scraps together and build on those. I sew enough scraps to make about 6″ height. If I want to cut the block on the diagonal, I use scraps at least 5 1/2″-6″ long. And alternate the widths when possible for an interesting look.

So… you can sew wonky.

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Or you can cut wonky.

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You can also sew a continuous strip of scraps and then cut out multiple blocks.

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It is faster on the cutting side but LONG going on the sewing side. I have tried both and like sewing individual blocks better.

I have been working on these off and on for three days and just about used up all of my green scraps. 42 green blocks finished.

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My favorite.

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Blue is next. I have quite a collection of blue scraps. And all the scraps from my many Barbie projects. But I think I won’t use them and just save them for something Barbie related.

Update in a couple days….