Charity Quilt Finish

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I know I sent a lot of charity quilts out to volunteer binders but I did keep a few here.  Our daughter Kayla had been so helpful and had sewed bindings down on three.  All I had to do was flip the binding over and sew them down so that’s exactly what I did.

This charity top was sewn by Pat T in Spokane, WA.  Pat sent two quilts that were very similar so if you think you might have seen this quilt before, that’s why.

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Ruby was a pretty sleepy model.  As I took pictures and am writing this on a dreary rainy day.  She was enjoying an afternoon nap when she heard the quilt snap and jumped into duty…even though reluctant. [Read more...]

And the Winner Is…

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A post from Kelli–

Earlier this week, mom finally got all of her shirts deboned–WAHOOOO!  I’m super happy for her because I know that she has been working toward that goal for a while now.  Little does she know, I have atleast one FULL contractor bag and  a few other random piles throughout my house that I might try to sneak over because now that mom has all of hers done, I’m sure she’s a professional shirt de-boner…that’s got to be a special skill that I’m sure she would like to improve on right?!?

Anyway, she promised that when she had them all finished, she was going to have a give-away with all of the yokes from her shirts.shirts-2-2

Well here they are folks and they are soon to be sent to Ana Sweet–Number 8 as determined by the random number generator.  Ana said “I have never made a quilt from shirts. I am collecting shirts now as I would like to make one like Julie K quilts , that she made from a book by Evelyn Sloppy. Love it. Thank you for the chance.”  Ana–I’ll have the box in the mail to you tomorrow!  And then you can make you very first quilt from scraps!

UFO Progress: Rick Rack Nines and More

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From now until Bonnie Hunter’s new book comes out in September you’ll find me right here on Wednesdays sharing my progress on a UFO (unfinished project).  My hope is to get some finished so I won’t feel guilty sewing on new projects from her new book.  It’s not to late to join in the fun.  You can find my first post about it here.  You can see my listing of all my Bonnie Hunter UFOs here.

Last week when I wrote about my UFO progress I thought I was stuck.  Kelli and I share all the fabric around here and she had taken the 2″ scrap bucket.  That left me unable to make the setting triangles to keep on working on Rick Rack Nines.

I thought I would just set the whole project aside but then I read a note in the comment section from Tina in NJ that said, “Doesn’t it sort of defeat the purpose if you work on a different UFO each week? Oh well, at least they’ll each be further along. ;)

That got me thinking…was there something more I could do on this project?  I did want to keep the project moving.  Then I decided there was something I could do.  Looking at the pattern I noticed that most of the rows need to have two of the nine patches sewn to each other so I started sewing the nine patches together.  Then I noticed that I’d need quite a few rows that needed to start with a background setting triangle so I sewed a bunch of them.

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So some progress was made on this project…not a lot but enough to make me feel good..enough to keep the project going.

Kelli suppose to be coming home today so I’m hoping she remembers the 2″ strip bucket so that next week I can get the pieced setting triangles sewn.  So far, I’m really liking my plan with this one…Getting those triangles pieced is my goal.

I ended up grabbing another UFO…  Rectangle Wrangle.  I hadn’t sewn a stitch on this.  I have all of the shirts and black cut for the center of the quilt but that’s it.  I decided to start leader and ending the strips to make the blocks.

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Happily I got about 10 done.  They are pressed but now need to be sewn into a tube then cut into strips.  This project was closest to the machine and I could leader and ender it for now so that why this one moved up the list and got started.  I’m not sure if I’ll jump into Rectangle Wrangle full force once Rick Rack Nines is done or if I’ll keep working on it leader and ender style.  I do know that at some point I need to cut the star blocks that go around the outside.

Much of my time over the last week was spent finishing up the baby quilt that I needed for a baby shower this weekend.  If you missed seeing that, you can find it here.

I should probably be sewing on more quilts for upcoming weddings this year but for now, I’m not going to get too worked up about them…I’m enjoying working on these UFOs.

See you back here next week…I sure hope Kelli remembers the 2″ scrap bucket!

What I’m Reading: Anna and the Swallow Man

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I just finished up listening to Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about the book, “Kraków, 1939. A million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This is no place to grow up. Anna Łania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father, a linguistics professor, during their purge of intellectuals in Poland. She’s alone. And then Anna meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall, a skilled deceiver with more than a little magic up his sleeve. And when the soldiers in the streets look at him, they see what he wants them to see. 

The Swallow Man is not Anna’s father—she knows that very well—but she also knows that, like her father, he’s in danger of being taken, and like her father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced. She follows him into the wilderness. Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgment, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous. Even the Swallow Man. Destined to become a classic, Gavriel Savit’s stunning debut reveals life’s hardest lessons while celebrating its miraculous possibilities.”

Okay…you read the description…Doesn’t it sound like something I’d like?? [Read more...]