What I’m Working On…

Last week I told you that I had enough of the mess in my sewing room.  It really was too much.  I spent a day tackling that and that lead to more things as it always does.

I moved a few pieces of furniture around and then I had to move some thing on the walls and that made me need to get a hammer and drill…and that..and that…and that.  At this point I have most things cleaned up.  The main thing I need to do is to get my scrap fabric cut up into strips.  I have a bout three small baskets of that…probably enough fabric to equal a laundry basket full.  UGH.  It’s one of my least liked jobs to start but once I get into it, I typically plow right through it.  The problem is that I really have to be in the mood to do it and so far, that mood hasn’t struck.  I do have plans to tackle it.  If anyone wants to join me, feel free.  I think I’m saving it for my October job.  I really have a lot of things that need to be done in September so realistically, I don’t see it happening then.

What else I worked on…

I did a big push to work on my deadline project.  I’m made small goals for each week so I can keep this project moving on.  So far, I am a little bit ahead of where I hoped to be.  I got all the trim pieces cut.  YAHOO!!


Kelli offered to help cut out some of the other pieces today when she’s here.  That would be awesome!!

I worked really hard with the hope of getting the… center section of my True Blue quilt done.  I knew it was a lofty goal.


I put together about forty blocks this week.  Then I started sewing them together.

I layed the rows on the longarm as I finished them.

You might remember that this whole project started because a blog reader sent me some blocks that were sewn together.


I pulled that piece out and put it with mine.  Darn.  I didn’t cut out and darker background pieces.  I ended up taking the part that was gifted to me apart and pulled out the darker blocks.

I just loved watching it come together.


I thought I removed all of the blocks that were too dark for my version but I ended up going back and taking out the one with the polka dots too.


That block seemed to stick out against the blocks that I had made.


I am happy to say I got the center done and even ironed.  I just love the quilt so far.


The quilt is supposed to have a piano keyboard around the edges.  You can see it here on the cover of the book.


You can find the book with the pattern HERE.

AH!!  I don’t know if I want a border on it.  I really like it as is but would like it a little bigger.  What do you think readers??  Do I add the border or make more blocks?

This is my UFO for August.  I plan to keep working on it whatever I decide to do.

I dug through my scrap bin of 2″ strips looking for blue strips in case I decided to put a border on the quilt.


I ended up sorting it while I was there.  I put all of the neutrals to the left and colors to the right.  The baggies are 2″ squares.


I was so thrilled to have this done that I ended up doing the 3 1/2″ bucket too.  I opened the 1 1/2″ bucket and thought to do that and didn’t.  It’s overflowing.  I need to make a long cabin quilt or something like that which would really put a dent in the box.

While I was on the floor and digging through my scrap totes I noticed there was a tote that wasn’t scraps.  Hmm.  I had completely forgot about this tote.

I opened it to find this…WOW!!  I had been looking for this all for sometime!!  How could I have forgotten it was here??  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked for that fabric.  It’s the leftover from our Bohemian Rhapsody quilt.  The front container on the right is my black spide web string block leftovers that I looked for high and low a bit ago with the plan to make it be a baby quilt.  UGH.  I’m so happy I found it but disappointed with myself that I forgot this was stored here.  Well now I know.

That’s the latest from the sewing room.  I’m hoping to have some progress next week too.  I’m going to try to focus on Lucy and Lilly’s quilts.  With any luck I can get a bit more done on them.  Two twin sized quilts shouldn’t take too long…right??

Before I let you go…please leave a comment and let me know on my True Blue quilt…piano keyboard or more blocks??

132 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…

  1. Susan Reinhart

    I like the thought of piano keys. You could label your bins with removable labels so you know what’s inside

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  2. Sydney Silva

    I am NOT a designer but would a 2″ border of white or almost white, then flying geese, then the binding?

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  3. Dot

    I like the piano key border. I’m also wondering about the two very light, low contrast blocks – one on the edge, one further up in the photo. They almost look like holes in the quilt.

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  4. Margaret in North Texas

    Sorry to say I don’t think the piano keys border relates to the design of the quilt. I think the quilts stands on its own very nicely— so make more blocks for a larger size. Just one thought to add to the others.

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  5. Margaret in North Texas

    Sorry to say, I don’t think the piano keys border adds to the design of the quilt top. The quilt top stands on its own very nicely—-make more blocks for a larger size. Its is beautiful!

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    1. Melody Schmitz

      I think these stand alone. Piano keys would be a distraction from your beautiful squares. Make more squares & then bind in a low volume already used in quilt. Love this quilt.

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  6. Jen Burton

    Hmmmmmm. I agree that a piano border just wouldn’t do the rest of the quilt justice. Leave it as is or add simple borders.

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  7. Sabene Gilbert

    I don’t think you need the piano keys border. Maybe just sew various strips of your blues together and use that as a binding, unless you really want to add to the size of the quilt.

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  8. Cindy F

    I love borders on a quilt but it doesn’t have to be the piano key border if you just want to get it done. I’ve had this book for a long time and will have to go revisit it….lol

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  9. Rosanne Longtain

    Hi, I think the blocks are lovely and the piano keys distract the eye. I would enlarge it with more blocks.

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  10. Rebecca Hoetger

    I vote for more blocks, especially as you were that way inclined. It will be a wonderful quilt either way!

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  11. DebMac

    The piano key border adds nothing to the quilt that a plain border wouldn’t add. Mock up a white and blue borders and see how you like it. If it doesn’t thrill you. go with more blocks.

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  12. Sharon F

    I vote for the piano key borders. They will finish it off nicely, not to mention using up some of those strips.

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  13. Lisa

    I like it both ways but I’d add the piano key border I think. I love all Miss Rosie patterns and have never been disappointed in one of her quilts. I’m loving your quilt and may just pull out my copy of this book and start on this one!

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  14. Gail Key

    I suggest another row to make the quilt bigger, then add a smaller piano key edge if you like that. Looks wonderful….such an inspiration……it’s too hot here to do much of anything. Most homes in the Pacific Northwest don’t have air conditioning…..ugh. Enjoy your day, I’m sewing in front of the fan

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  15. Patty Katz

    I don’t think it needs a piano keyboard border, but if you want it larger, just add more blocks. I think the two lighter blocks stand out and don’t blend, so maybe you could take those out, or when you make more blocks, make some more of those lights to balance it. I love your quilts and your organization! You are always an inspiration!

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  16. Debbee-Aus

    As with all things quilting, what size do you want the quilt to be? If you want it larger then make more blocks. If it is almost to the size required I would be more inclined to add a blue border to frame the blocks and bring it to size then finish with a blue and neutral scrappy binding.

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