My September Roundup


Not many projects were finished in September. But if there had been a contest for pieces made, I probably would have won.

I made….

  • 22 charity pillowcases
  • 126 Hugs and Kisses blocks
  • 12 String blocks
  • 40 String Circles
  • 3 Birthday mug rugs
  • 1 Quilt top quilted

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This was my last finish for the month. A Birthday Mug Rug. When you last saw it, it looked like this.

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I decided to go smaller and ditched the other half-square triangles (HST’s). Just went with the yellow dotted ones for the front. For the back, I used royal blue HST’s and fussy cut a square of balloons. I love how this turned out and probably would have made more but boredom forced me to move on.

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Whew!! Made it!! Met my monthly goal of 20 charity pillowcases. I actually made 22.

Here’s Batch 7.

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My favorites in this batch are the basketball pillowcase and the yellow one. The yellow one is pieced and fabric strips sewn onto muslin. It took FOREVER so I only made one.

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I like seeing them all piled high in a great big stack. Makes me feel like I really worked hard. πŸ˜€

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Now I am up to 128 total pillowcases. I am 28 ahead of schedule. (I started in May.)


These are up on my design wall. No clue YET what I will do with them.

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I guess you would call them String Circles. I was just in a “get rid of some of these scraps” mood and made one, then another and another.

And before I knew it, I had been making them for two days. I do think whatever I make, I will separate the darker ones from the rainbow colors and make two different projects. No rush on whatever I will make. They can stay up on my design wall until I need the space for something else.

Cause…

Right now, this has my attention.


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Yep, working on basting it.

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Do you see the purple quilt top I was telling you about? The one I made last year. It will now be the backing for my umbrella quilt. So glad to finally use it for something. It had been folded for so long, I had to press out the wrinkles.

Well, that does it for me. Got to go plan my projects for October. I know I want to make up a couple Halloween things. Maybe a table runner. Also I want to use up more of my HST’s. 16 down. 1000 to go. Plus I want to finish up at least two UFO’s. Lots to do. Lots for you to see. BBL

OHHH… I forgot… do come back in a day or two. I feel a giveaway coming on. πŸ˜€

Take care. What Fall projects are you working on?

Is It Time To Throw In The Towel?


I have been working on the back to my umbrella quilt for about a week. It started off OK. Then quickly advanced from OK to bad to worse.

I liked my idea for all of five minutes. But I kept working on it. I refused to give up on my design. In all, I have probably wasted about $30 in fabric. And in time spent (think wasted) calculated at minimum wage, it adds up in the hundreds.

As you know, I wanted an umbrella for the back. One huge giant sized one. I lined up the fabric strips. Hated it!!

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Then I switched to a different setup. Stacked. Staggered like the umbrella. With a mirror image.

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Hated it, too. Hated them all.

Time to concede. Time to say OUT LOUD. This IS NOT working.

OK. Back to the drawing board. I guess I will have to do what I didn’t want to do. Make a trip to JoAnn’s to buy more purple fabric. I was trying to make do. It’s $13 a yard.

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And I will need about 3 yards. 😦

I was hoping to count this quilt as a July finish. Not going to happen. I will sit tight until I receive a 50% off coupon in the mail.

So pretty. Don’t want to spoil it with an ugly back.

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What do you do when you make a quilt back that you are not happy with? Do you continue with it anyway? Do you make a second back?

Umbrella Quilt Top Is Finished… Yay!!


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I finished my umbrella quilt top last night. I think I made the left and right side borders too wide so I am going to cut them down from 8″ to 4 1/2″. Right now quilt top measures 86″ by 62″.

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I didn’t want the rick-rack to curl when washed so I hand stitched the edges down. This took forever.

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I was watching Flashpoint Season 2 on DVD. I went through four episodes. I HATE hand sewing!!

There is still more work to be done. The back to make. Not sure what I want. I would LOVE to make one or two huge umbrella blocks but do not think I have enough purple prints to pull it off.

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One other idea I have swirling around in my brain is to do really wide strips of the dark purple with the purple fabrics I have left. What to do??

And the binding. At first I didn’t think these would work. These three batik Fat Quarters. I want a scrappy look so I am seriously thinking about using them.

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I like my binding to be 3-3 1/2″ wide so if I cut 3″ strips, I can get seven from each FQ. Don’t think I will need that many. I’ll do a test run all around the quilt first before cutting. I could even use the batik leftovers for the back.

I am dying to start a new project… but I will keep plugging away at this until it is completely finished. Or at least until all the sewing is done. Then I will think about how to quilt it. I am thinking echo around the umbrella strips, straight lines in the sashing and stippling in the borders.

Got lots of new fabric, new books and a new ruler to show you. Later on. πŸ˜€


Linking to…

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/index.php/2012/07/23/manic-monday-linky-party-44/

http://www.craft-o-maniac.com/2012/07/party-time-craftomaniac-monday.html

Umbrella Blocks: I Think I Need More Borders


My four purple umbrella blocks are finished.

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There are three borders.

  • strip of 1 1/2″ squares
  • 2″ purple border
  • 3″ purple/white border

The blocks are up on my design wall (think closet doors, πŸ˜€ ), pinned to a small piece of purple fabric.

All have the same dimensions. 19 1/2″ by 21 1/2″. I have never measured anything as much as I measured these. Every step of the way. I didn’t want to make the mistake of over trimming only to have to retrim the others. So slow going it was.

Now… what to do? Add more borders? Add sashing?

I think I will add a border of white and then a second dark purple border or sashing. I have enough of the purple/white border fabric for two more umbrella blocks. That will move the size from wall hanging to lap quilt.

For the back, I was thinking of one GIANT umbrella. Wonder how that would look.

One thing I have to revisit is how I attached the rick-rack. I am going to go back over the handles with handstitching. Just to make sure it doesn’t curl when washed. So I will do that before the sandwich stage.

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Hubby came into the room as I was taking photos. He said, “that is pretty, Donna.”

So with that… the Stamp of Hubby Approval… off I go to try to make it even prettier. πŸ˜€

Have a safe 4th of July!! Enjoy your holiday.


Linking to…

http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2012/07/we-did-it-wednesday.html

I Worked On My Umbrella Blocks Today


Remember these? I made a few. Actually I made six. 4 purple and 2 green.

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And won a few for Block Lotto from my quilt group. Back in April.

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This layout has been up on my design wall for two months. My four purple ones.

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I wanted to work on this project in May. It was on my MAY Small Projects To-Do List and really felt bad that I didn’t get to it. And then in June, it still never made it to the top of the list. So… I decided the first thing I worked on in July would be my umbrella blocks.

The layout has changed slightly. I am using dark purple “sooner” for one of the borders.

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The little 1 1/2″ squares were already cut. They originally were going to be used for doll quilts but I ran out of doll steam.

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The colors were perfect for the purple umbrella blocks, so it didn’t make sense not to use them. The little squares at the end of the rows kind of got chopped off but I wasn’t going to recut them to make them uniform across the row. Just made them work. As is. Chopped off. πŸ˜€

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The purple and white diagonal lines fabric were Fat Quarters. Only had four of them so probably four umbrella blocks will be as large as I can make this quilt, maybe six. I will have to see how far I can stretch it. I checked JoAnn’s today to see if they still had the FQ’s. Nope. All gone.

This is the size of the block for now. 19 1/2″ by 21 1/2″.

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I have two blocks finished and am working on the 3rd.

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I’ll get a photo of them up on my design wall once I get the 4th one finished. Then I will decide if I want more borders. πŸ˜€

Once these four have been quilted, I will work on putting the other umbrella blocks into a quilt. I have a few ideas. We shall see…