Quilting By The Numbers: 24, 150, 19 and 0


I can NOT believe August has come and gone!! So fast. Just like that. Here and gone. Well, one more day. Today. All those To-Do’s, To-Make’s. Did some. Didn’t do A LOT.

BUT… I did accomplish quite a bit this week and last.

24. I worked on my charity pillowcases.

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As you know my goal is 5 a week or 20 a month. And being the Queen Procrastinator that I am, I didn’t start the ones for August until September was breathing down my neck. Talk about pressure!! But I did it. 24 pillowcases. How’s that for a Breakneck Sewing Marathon.

I have to say, I like this batch. Batch 6. I like them a lot. Some fabrics are new that I recently caught on sale at JoAnn’s. Footballs and helmets, owls, miniature toy cars.

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And some were leftover from other batches. I am using up quite a few novelty pieces.

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This batch also includes a few softer, sweet girly baby pink ones.

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That makes a total of 106 pillowcases made so far this year. I am on track to meet my 2012 goal. 😀


150. That’s the number of Hugs and Kisses blocks I have completed. The scrappy blocks I am making from all those squares I cut. I pulled out four of my favorites. They are in the front.

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This is how all 150 look up on my design wall. I need 12 more blocks to finish off the “X” on the right side and six along the bottom row. Unless I add more columns and rows, the quilt top will be 14 blocks wide and 12 blocks long. Each block finishes off at 5″ square.

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I didn’t realize how much I work with jeweltone colors until I saw Crystal’s comment on my blog. And I do!! My quilt will be brighter than the one I was inspired by. Bolder. Not sure I am happy with the larger prints like the navy huge circles. May swap them out.

Later this year or next year, I would love to make these blocks using baby themed fabrics. Also I have an idea for one in black and white. Need to get it mapped out on paper before I cut the squares.


19. My string blocks are coming along too. I am making them for a swap in one of my quilt groups.

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I got the final count for the swap a couple days ago. Including myself, there are five people participating. So I only have to make 16 blocks. Four per. I actually am finished. So far, I have made 19 but want to continue making them so I can select the best of the bunch for the swap. (I took out the four I am using for my wall hanging.)

I kind of strayed from the swap guidelines (make scrappy, don’t color coordinate) on a few. Not sure if I will keep them or use for the swap.

Purple and Turquoise.

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Birthday.

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Michael and Henry.

I am calling this one the Michael and Henry block. I used three Michael Miller and four Henry Glass fabrics. I like it. Think I will keep this one and make more.

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Swap mailout deadline is Sept 30. Can you believe it!! For once in my life I am ahead of schedule. Probably because they are fun to make. And addicting. I can’t resist pulling out 12-14 strips and laying them out on a square of muslin. Then when I get bored with whatever I am making, I make a string block. My Boredom Breaker method seems to be working well.

Do you like making string blocks? Have you ever tried it? Try it. You might like it. What a great way to make a dent in the mountain of scraps I know you have. 😀


Zero. 😦 Sadly, this month will go by without a quilt top finish. How did that happen!! I could make a list but they would all be excuses. So I won’t bore you. I really DO want to quilt my quilt tops. I have to keep telling myself I will feel so much better once they are finished and the binding is sewn on. I have the finished look in my head. Now I need to get the finished quilt in my hands.

Hopefully I will have a finished quilt to post in September.

How about you? What Fall projects do you have lined up? Do tell…


Don’t forget to enter my “Be An Animal” giveaway. Three lucky people will win prizes. Could be you!!

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/quilters-blog-hop-party-and-be-an-animal-giveaway/

Linking up to…

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2012/08/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-pretty-little.html

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More Scraps… String Quilt Blocks


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I am still working hard on the project I cut all those squares for. Will be able to show you in a couple days. Just need to get a few more blocks made and up on my design wall. It is coming along nicely. Slow but steady.

And since I was craving another finish, I decided to take a break from my large project and do something quick and small. I signed up for a string block swap with one of my quilt groups. I have made the blocks before but it was a while ago.

This is the practice one I made this morning.

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And it wasn’t all that quick. Easy, but not quick. I used 14 fabric strips sewn down onto a muslin foundation. It is 7″ square.

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It took almost an hour. I think because I was hemming and hawing as I sewed. Hopefully the next few won’t take as long.

Here’s the second one. Laid out, ready to sew.

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Depending on how many sign up for the swap, I am thinking I will be making about 30 blocks. Thank goodness I will have a month to complete them. If I make one a day, I should be OK. Got to get faster. No more hemming and hawing. Just Sew!! 😀

What projects are you working on?


Go here for the string quilt block tutorial. Great site!! (Don’t let the words “paper-pieced” scare you off. You can do like I am doing. Sew the strips to muslin.)

http://www.filminthefridge.com/2009/04/27/a-string-quilt-block-tutorial-paper-pieced-method/

MAY For Me Minutes… MAY For Me Month


May is going to be a fun month for ME, I just know it.

I can feel the excitement!!

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I finished this little zippered bag yesterday and love it so much that I spent an hour just looking at it. Carrying it around. Hooked it around my finger when I went downstairs for tea. Hooked it back around my finger to go back upstairs. I just wanted it near me. Next to me. To look at.

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I used one of my scrappy blocks I showed you a couple days ago. (Here’s the back, the lining with pocket and carrying strap.)

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But wanted something different for the bottom. A squared off bottom. I found this tutorial at Moda Bake Shop.

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/04/strippy-charm-pouch.html

No problems. Great instructions. However, I did have two very scary moments that caused me pause.

First, I had to cut out chunks of my quilted handiwork. Yikes!! I panicked for about 30 seconds when I thought I had cut into the TOP instead of the bottom. Whew!! OK. Got through the surgery part.

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The next heart attack moment was when I did THIS.

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I have never chopped off a zipper before. Until making this zippered bag, I really hadn’t thought of doing such a thing. But I did it. The world didn’t end. My zipper didn’t fall apart. It works just fine. Another exhale.

Here are a few more photos I took.

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Will I make more? You betcha!! Fabric combinations dancing around in my head.

And look at this… I turned my panic moments into something fun.

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MAY will be great. My Taking Chances Month. Trying Something New Month. Hope you will come along for the ride.


Linking up to…

http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/05/12/saturday-showcase-craft-projects/

http://sewhappygeek.co.uk/index.php/2012/05/06/manic-monday-linky-party-36/

http://marciascraftysewing.blogspot.com/p/may-for-me.html

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Scrappy Week – Day 5: All About Purple


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I am kind of late today. Too much birthday celebration!! Hubby will be 69 tomorrow. And every year I tease him that he is not two years older than me. But THREE YEARS OLDER THAN ME!! For about 25 days.

Anyhoo… got a late start today. Didn’t get as many scrap blocks made as intended. First off, I decided to work on PURPLE. I showed you my bag of purple scraps a few days ago. I knew it would be a bear to tackle. And it was!!

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It took over an hour just to get them all organized, sorted into piles and ironed. All that before sewing one stitch. Tired before I began.

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But progress was made. Sixteen blocks finished today.

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I will continue with purple tomorrow. No where near making a dent in them.

These are my favorites so far. I borrowed colors from other scrap bags.

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Why don’t you join me and go collect up your scraps. We will have a Block Party!!


Yesterday’s Color Wheel.

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Total scrap blocks made as of today: 126

  • wine/burgundy 30
  • gold 20
  • yellow 8
  • red 26
  • black/wine 10
  • black 4
  • black/white 4
  • red/black/white 8
  • purple 16