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Friday, June 23, 2017

Blue All Around

Yesterday while evaluating what was left on my 12 for 12 list I realized I had no pictures of the one I was calling Blue All Around. The main reason was these blocks were made so long ago, before I started this blog and probably before I had a digital camera. So I pulled out the project bag just to see where I was on this old project. This is what I found.

I had all 35 blocks made and three rows already put together. The pattern is actually called Those Fabulous Blues.

It is in a book by Evelyn Sloopy called 40 Fabulous Quick Cut Quilts.

I have done several quilts from this book over the years.

I got the center of the quilt done, but now the problem. I didn't have all the HST's needed for the pieced border. I have used the same white fabric throughout the quilt and realized as I was putting this together that I had just seen this same white recently but couldn't remember in what. Finally found it with the purple fabric that I was making HST's for the Jacob's Ladder block that I am using for my 4-patch block exchange. I am not sure if there is enough fabric for both projects. I have thought about skipping the inner blue and then the pieced borders and just putting a wider outer border. I think I will do a little more calculating before I make that decision, at least this one is a little closer to the quilting stage. 

I am linking to--

Finished or Not Friday
can I get a Whoop Whoop
Off the Wall Friday
slice of Pi
Needle and Thread Thursday

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Half Way

2017 Project List

1. En Province-------March finish
2. Jamestown landing in green
3. Black and White disappearing nine patch--------June finish
4. Split Rail ---------February finish
5. 100 patch
6. Three inch shoe fly
7. North woods - king ----May finish
8. Black white and red rails ---------   January finish
9. Pink 1 x 4 x 16
10. Rick Rack Nines
11. Oversize Dreams   ----- April finish
12. Blue all around

Well I am half way done on my 12 for 12 finish. That is 12 unfinished projects for 12 months. I am afraid I have finished the easy half. What I have left may require some work.

2. Jamestown Landing, the only picture I could find of my work on it was Oct. of 2014. I know I tried to work on it some this time last year when I was recovering from foot surgery but didn't take any more pictures.

5.100 patch --- is ready to quilt

6. Three inch shoe fly--- looks like I started it in Feb of 2016, lots left to do on this one.
9. pink, quilting this pattern on one of Donna's quilts caused this UFO to be started and looking back through my pictures I can't find any of either mine on the design wall or of Donna's quilt as I was quilting it. I may be in trouble trying to remember the pattern.

11. Rick Rack Nines
I have more rows put together now but still have more to go. At least all the components are done just need assembly.

12. Blue all Around -- These blocks were done before we moved to Hartselle and that was 7 years ago, I think I have everything done except the assembly.  I may pull this one out and work on it today.

Happy Stitching,


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Scrappy Trip

I got all the scrappy trip around the world blocks done and set together. This is one of Bonnie Hunter's free patterns. I put them together in sets of four and as I was doing this I was really worried that this was going to be a very ugly quilt. I made 9 of the 4 blocks units and then added half units for the last row. I laid it out on the floor to photograph and decide if I needed to add a border and you know it is not an ugly quilt. I actually think it looks pretty good. I brought Johnny in for an opinion and a border it is. I had thought I might use a fabric that I bought at the guilds nickle auction.

We both think this might be a little much. So then I went back to the stash to see what I had yardage of that might work.

Of these two choices I think the purple, but I may look further tomorrow. Either way I feel pretty good about this one time wise, start to finish I don't think I have two weeks in it yet.

Happy Stitching,


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Show and Tell

Saturday was stitch day at Somerville. We had a good turnout although some were missing. As always we go around the table and tell what all has been going on in our lives since we last met and some will bring something to show.

Faye finally got one of the block a month from Quilters Refuge put together. I can't say anything she is ahead of me.It is on my to do list of the future.

Cora brought her 3D flowers. This picture is from guild night.

Bonnie has one of Bonnie Hunter's patterns. I think she said this one was Waste Not Want Not. Gina is pointing out that it would be a good pattern for our four patch challenge.

This is one of Ivy's that I have fell in love with. She said for about 3 years she has been getting our scraps and cutting 1.5 inch squares and then making four patches and then putting them together into these little 6 inch blocks. She plans to use the larger four patches from our swap for an outer border.

I can't remember if this one is Bonnie's or Sue's. Need to do the post sooner then I won't forget.

This is Mary Harris's, I think she said it was done like a round robin.

I think this is another Bonnie Hunter pattern called Garlic Knots. Ada made this one and gave it to Ivy for Habitat quilts.

Here is my D9P in black and white. Ada helped me with the binding and we had it done by lunch time. Yes a king size quilt bound in 2 hours, I am fast but Ada just runs away with it.

There were a lot of things being worked on that I didn't get picture of at this time. We all had a great time.

Happy Stitching,


Monday, June 19, 2017

Inspiration Strikes

In the little sewing time I had yesterday morning inspiration struck. I was mindlessly piecing on the last 10 scrappy trip around the world blocks when it hit me what I would do with the four patch challenge blocks. The Somerville Stitch group has been exchanging four patches made from 2.5 inch squares. There are 18 of us participating so we get 17 different four patches each month and man is it a variety. I have a lot of fabric and have worked in three different fabric stores in my lifetime plus the only shopping I still enjoy is fabric shopping, but there are some fabrics here I have never seen. It was running through my mind what can I do to tie them all together. A Jacobs Ladder with a consistent ladder seemed like the answer. I then had to decide what two fabrics for the half square triangles. I was thinking of several color combinations but realistically had to go with something that was in my stash already. Calculating the number of blocks then the amount of fabric for those blocks I had to find something that I had about two yards each, so I chose a purple and white.

Here is the first block. I think this will pull everything together and give it a cohesive look. Made the second one just to see if it felt right.

I think I should have enough four patches by the end of our exchange to make close to 42 blocks so that I can set them 6 x 7 for a nice size quilt and if you are in this group feel free to borrow the idea.

I am linking with ----

Making Monday
Design Wall Monday
Moving it forward

Happy stitching,


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

Today is Father's day and we plan to carry lunch over to see my 86 year old Daddy. He is still very active and independent. He has a huge garden with 100 tomato plants set out. I don't know what he is thinking with that big of a garden but it keeps him busy. He has a greenhouse and starts his own plants. This year he raised over 800 tomato plants. He says he doesn't think  he will try that many next year. It was just a little more than he could take care of each day. He gives the plants away and then will give the tomatoes away, has never sold anything.

Last week started out pretty good I got the first three items on my weekly list done the things just fell apart. So this week I am going to try to finish those items..

1. Piece Embroidery Blocks
2. Quilt at least one of Elaine's tops
3. finish piecing the scrappy trip blocks

Hopefully I can get at least this much done and then anything else I get done will be a bonus.

Happy Stitching,


Wednesday, June 14, 2017


I finally got the borders added to my 100 patch quilt project. I ended up making 20 blocks using 2 inch squares so that is 2000 pieces. Then I sashed it with 3.5 inch strips and used more 2 inch squares for the 4-patch corner stones. Twelve corner stones equal 48 squares for a total of 2048 . I really like how this one turned out. I think the blue was the right choice even though that is not the color I had thought I would use when I first started piecing these blocks.

Hobby Lobby has this wide back in the blue floral and I have the binding made to it is ready to go to the quilt shack. This is one of my 12 for 12 projects and hopefully it will be my July finish. I have a lot of other quilting ahead of it.

I am going to link up tonight with:
WOW wip on Wednesday

Happy Stitching