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What I’m Working On…

I’ve had some sewing time this week…
Never as much as I like.  I think most of us can say that.

You might remember that I pulled the Frolic leftovers.  If you didn’t catch that post, I have a bunch of leftovers from Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery quilt Frolic.  That was the 2019 mystery.  I have saved these and am determined to do something with them.  Then two blog readers sent me their scraps.  I added theirs to mine and not I have more!!

The blocks are going to have to be eclectic as there aren’t pieces that necessarily match.  So I came up with making some blocks like these.  I had to cut a bunch of 2 1/2″ squares for the corners but other than that, I think I can make quite a few blocks with the scraps.  I don’t have a specific plan with them yet, so far, the goal is simply to make blocks as I don’t even know how many all of this will make.

It’s easier to just keep making blocks than it is to stop and try to count it all out.  At this point, this is going to be a donation quilt… baby-sized or twin??  I have no idea at this point.

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What I’m Working On…

I had more sewing time last week…but still not a lot.  I made progress, and any week I make progress, I consider it a good week.

First up, it’s October now and that means the new Dirty Dozen number came out.

Mine is a Bonnie Hunter’s quilt, Floribunda.  I have most everything here to make this.  I collected floral scraps over the years.  There was enough for me and Kelli to make the quilt.  Kelli ended up taking the fabric and cutting strips for us both.

That’s as far as the quilt got.

It supposed to look like this.  (Picture from Bonnie’s blog)  The free pattern for this quilt is HERE.

Bonnie Hunter's Floribunda (With images) | Quilts, Purple quilts ...

I’m not super excited about this project.  I love the quilt but I really haven’t started the project at all.  Hmm.  It would be a lot to tackle.  I’m not super committed to this one right now.  I would rather concentrate on getting Garlic Knots to a finish.

But…then again, being this isn’t cut out at all, maybe I should pull this out and cut it out over naptime.  We’ll see.  This week I really didn’t have a
much to work on for a naptime project this week.  I have so many projects that need machine time, not ironing time or cutting time.  I ended up pulling this out.   These are the leftover bonus triangles from my Frolic quilt.  I’m not sure what they are going to end up being.  All I know is that if I don’t start doing something with them, nothing will ever be made.  I got them all ironed and started trimming them to 1 1/2″.

It is the perfect project for naptime.

Once I finish this up, maybe I will pull Floribunda.

When I did get some time at the machine…see?? Continue reading

What I’m Working On…

Thanks to everyone who participated in Kayla’s test for the postage auction over the weekend.  Your help in testing this out was so appreciated…and it gave me a little time off from the blog which I desperately needed.  Kayla asked me to remind you to check back and see if you won and fill out the form.   That’s the final part of the test for us to see if it all will really work.

Now onto today’s post…
This could be a really-really-really short blog post.  I’ve hardly touched a sewing machine this week.  I’ll tell you more about that in a later post.  For now, I’ll tell you what I actually did…or rather didn’t do.

I did nothing with the hourglass blocks.

I did nothing with the Garlic Knots quilt.

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What I’m Working On…

I didn’t have tons of sewing time this week.  We had big family supper here because Carver turned FIVE one night.  We had a bridal shower for a family friend on Saturday and Kalissa and I ended up using up the whole morning and much of the afternoon.  I still managed to get a few things done.

First up, a of couple weeks ago, I told you about a project of Kelli’s I got.  This one…

Kelli sewed all these hourglass blocks back when she first started quilting.  She didn’t do the best job on them and didn’t do any trimming on them.  When I was at her house after the boys were born, we were cleaning and she handed me the project and said she didn’t want it.  I thought I’d take it home and finish it up.

I sewed about four together and thought NO WAY.  This will never make a decent quilt if I keep going at it the way it is.  So…I ripped all the blocks apart.  I ironed them…and I trimmed them.

The project has been sitting on my kitchen island since the end of August.  I did a few each day until Monday of last week over naptime, I had enough of the mess of it being out and just finished it.  I trim while I talk on the phone, while supper is cooking, while I’m waiting for parents to drop in the morning, over naptime…anytime I have a couple of minutes.

I love this little ruler of mine.  It has trimmed up so many blocks.  I love that it has the circle at the inch markers.  I just line up and 2″ and cut…first the right and top, then flip the block and do the new right and top.

Kalissa can watch some videos and say “Mom, they are so satisfying to watch”.  To me, trimming blocks is satisfying!

They are finally all done.  I’m not sure what I’m going to make with them now…I need to count them and come up with a plan.

Any ideas?  These are going to sit for a bit until I come up with an idea.

I had left my American Quilter’s Stitch Along lag a bit.  I was five blocks behind.  Oh my.

I thought I got caught up but am behind again.  I am eager for this one to wrap up.  I love it but it’s time.

I ended up doing last week’s block too.  I am one behind now.

For my Garlic Knots quilt, I started working sewing the border strips together.  My goal for the week is to move the quilt one step forward.  I am losing steam on this one but refuse to put it away again as a UFO so I’m taking any progress I can get on this one.

I only managed to get one set of border sewn on Garlic Knots.

I had time over last weekend and I should have worked on longarming my Bitcoin quilt.  I didn’t.  I got stuck on what quilting motif to use.  I picked the thread colors.  I filled bobbins.  I just can’t decide on a motif.  I was super tempted to do straight lines but that didn’t seem right.  So it sat.

I talked to Kelli and she said maybe just a stipple.  I’m considering that.  Hmm.  She said to make it a smaller stipple.  Hmm.  Any suggestions??

Remember my goal is to make a little bit of progress on all of my projects.  I did cut and make the binding for the Bitcoin quilt.

I worked more on my Scrap Vortex quilt.  This project is the one that made the… Continue reading