UFO Progress

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I made progress in the UFO department.  On Sunday I hadn’t sewn a bit…not a single bit on anything UFO related.  I lamented a bit to Hubby about it and next thing I knew at supper time he said, “I’m doing dishes tonight and you’re going up and sewing.”

Well I like the sound of that.  I think I should lament a little more often, right?!

Anyway..I didn’t really have a UFO picked out to work on.  I thought which project would give me the most bang for my buck.  That’s when I thought of my Santa Fe String Star.  For those wondering this comes from Bonnie Hunter’s book String Fling.  I sewed the diamonds quite a while ago.  I started the diamonds in May of 2015…at least that is the first time I saw that I blogged about them.  Then in that fall I finished the diamonds…then last year at this time I did the flying geese.  Little by little it’s happening.

I had gotten the diamonds sewn together into a star but had stalled out on picking a background.

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When it came time to sew the back ground on I had some problems.  I had tried one time before but for some reason the numbers that were in the book didn’t work for cutting the background sizes.  I don’t know if my star stretched.  I had blogged about it then and someone said they made it and but cut all the pieces bigger and then cut the center down in size once it was all sewn together.  I ended up cutting my corner squares bigger at 21″ x 21″….the side pieces I cut at 32″ x 32″.

That worked fine but then I had another problem….cutting the sides down.  UGH.  I couldn’t get my head wrapped around how to accomplish this.  It turns out I couldn’t cut it down to the size that the pattern suggested.  I would have cut into the star.  Instead I added two more rows of flying geese to each side.

Then after lots of figuring I found I needed to trim so that there was about an inch of border beyond the star points.  It wasn’t an easy task but I stuck with it.

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I was so proud of myself….this project has sat for this very reasons…trimming…a task I hate.

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I got up early Monday morning and in a short bit I had this.  Looking good, right?
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Shopping for Batiks

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Monday I told you that I was cutting a quilt from scrap batiks fabrics that had been gifted to me.  Well I got as far as I could and then I needed more fabric.  Saturday was the day for me to go shopping.

I needed neutrals for the Garlic Knots quilt that I had started cutting.  I almost have everything cut out except for the neutrals.  I think this is going to look awesome in batiks.

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As I was cutting the scraps up into pieces for my scrap users system, many pieces were 2 1/2″.  That got me thinking….I was sure there was a Bonnie quilt that used 2 1/2″ pieces.  Yep.  This one, Texas Tumbleweeds.  Well I might as well get the stuff for this.  We have a wedding this fall and this would be a perfect project.

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Then I noticed that there were a lot of green 2″ scraps in the bag….that got me thinking.  I remembered that my friend Connie had mentioned that she was planning on making Scrap Crystals from Bonnie Hunter’s More Adventures with Leaders and Enders book and do it batiks.  WOW!  I loved the idea and it would make perfect use of all the green 2″ scraps that were in the bag.  I ended up cutting most of the blue scraps into 2″ strips and all of the green into 2″ squares.  I could tell I would be short blue but I had all of the green I needed except for sashing…so I needed sashing and neutrals again.

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That meant a shopping trip.  I decided to go to New Hampton.  There are two shops there and two shops is better than one…right?

First I went to Material Magic.

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I got quite a haul.  Want to see? [Read more...]

Tied up at the Border

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You all know that I’ve been trying to tackle my Talkin’ Turkey quilt.  It’s a Bonnie Hunter quilt from her book String Fling.  I carved out a few hours over the weekend to try to get the thing finished….and then I abruptly got stopped on the border.

First off I’m making mine bigger than the original in the book.  Bonnie features a 5 x 6 setting.  I was going with a 6 x 6 setting.  I had the borders sewn together just not attached to the quilt so I didn’t think sewing them on would take too much time.  WRONG.

The quilt has 4 borders.  When I started in I already had the first border on.  So next border.  I got two sides on and then realized I needed to enlarge the remaining two side borders.  I didn’t have enough units so back to making flying geese.  I figured the outer-outer border would be short a few geese so I made more for that one too.  I got the borders to size and something about it just didn’t seem right.  It didn’t come together like I thought it should.  UGH.  Oh well, I thought that’s the problem with enlarging quilts with advanced borders…deal with it…my enlarging would likely not make it work like the original.

So then onto the piano border.  I had the borders done but not the corner fake mitered pieces.  I got them made and put together then attached the borders….all was going well but I ate up a lot of time.  That was okay.  I could still finish this tonight.  So badly I wanted this finished.  But NOPE.

I ran into more trouble.  I tried to figure why my borders didn’t look like the ones in the book.  I looked and hunted and still couldn’t get it figured out.  Then I realized this….

This is Bonnie’s quilt from the picture in the book.  Notice the center of the geese on the border are red…the “wings” white.

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This is the directions at a glance.  The center is white…the wings are red.

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Notice the diagram for the borders…the centers are red and the “wings” are white.

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Notice the finishing diagram.  The centers are red and the “wings” are white.

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Nowhere did the directions say that the centers for the border were suppose to be red in the border geese.  Now I understand.  I AM NOT CRAZY…I was not crazy.  I had looked and looked and figured and figured.  Finally I figured it out.

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UFO Progress

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I ended up finishing up the fireman quilt last week and took the rest of my early morning sewing time and gave it to Talkin’ Turkey.  That’s just the boost it needed.

See??

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The center of the quilt is finished!!!  Yahoo.  I finally feel like the quilt if coming together.  This quilt is MARATHON sewing expedition!!  For curious minds, the pattern can be found in Bonnie Hunter’s book String Fling.

I had to laugh last week.  Some people seemed to “feel bad” for me because I had so many UFOs.  I think there were 15…but 4 of them were completed tops.  I didn’t think that was horrible at all.  I love having all this quilts going on.  Here’s the best part…. [Read more...]