A hodge-podge of miscellany

I think we have a winner! Top right layout is the one I hate least for my polaroid blocks. I will layout all the blocks to finalize it before sewing.

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Prepping a “tips and tricks” mini blurb on thread weights for guild meeting tomorrow night.

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Far left spools are 12wt. I spaced out my tape strip weirdly.

And this is also what’s going on. Scheduling time on my long arm continues to be challenging but I’ve got this half done now. #myfirstpantograph

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And that’s the kind of day it’s been!

A hodge-podge of miscellany

Sunday Stash, it has been a while

I love my tracking spreadsheets. That is how I can say with utmost confidence that I haven’t bought fabric since last year. Since November 20th in fact.

I broke that record this week with a few acquisitions. Nothing terribly fun or because I loved it. Necessary purchases.

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A bit of black for binding this quilt:

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And yardage for a quilt backing.

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I showed a friend a picture of that fabric and this quilt and asked what she thought. She said “if there is fabric that perfect for that quilt why haven’t you bought it yet?!”

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So I left her fabric store and bought it.

Here’s the selvedge for people who care.

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Now to trim and bind and stitch, and layer and baste and quilt and trim and bind.

Sunday Stash, it has been a while

Gridded, a finished quilt top

I introverted hard today and it was glorious.

I started with this, incomplete rows and all the edges missing:

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Did a whole bunch of this:

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Eventually got to here:

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And wound up with this!

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I made the first block in April? of 2014. That’s a looooong time ago. Eighteen colours of Kona solids and one Michael Miller. Lots of variety of whites. Ta-done!

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts, My Quilt Infatuation, and the Needle and Thread Network. And Crazy Mom Quilts too of course!

Gridded, a finished quilt top

Day 456

Tidied up and put fabric away today which always feels good. But even though I’ve been trying really hard not to buy fabric this year I sure am running out of room to store my fabric. Go figure.

I also sewed together rows on Gridded:

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Well spotted if you noticed the top and bottom look a bit unfinished. I need to sew those and a few bits for the holes on the sides also.

If I push really hard I could finish this by the end of the year. Not sure if I want to do that though because knowing me, important things would be sacrificed to do so. While I dither about that I want to consider possible backings. Geometric? Curvy something? Mostly plain coloured? Wildly coloured? Whatever I like best from the sale table?

Day 456

Day 438

Today I made the last block for the “gridded” quilt. When I pulled this project out again I was kind of fed up with it and wanted it done. But there’s been a lot of love for this and now I’m tempted to keep going and make it king size! If I do that though I’m sure I would stall again (and the cycle would repeat.) Let’s get this done.

Last block:

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I freaked out a bit after I made my strip set, thinking it looked like Nemo but it turned out okay in the end.

A look at the values of all the blocks. You’d be surprised about which colours are which.

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Tonight I wanted to decide the layout so I can continue making progress. Since I have to put away my design wall when it’s not in use (go through one doorway, a 180° turn, another doorway and down a few stairs), I pin blocks to the wall. This quilt currently has 40 pins keeping it secure so I re-arranged my kitchen and laid the design wall flat on the kitchen table.

It worked! I am a genius!

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Tomorrow I will pick up some white for all the in between squares and make more progress.

I also need my design wall for the quilt I want to make for quiltcon. That’s right, I need to start that one. Submissions close in ten days, 23 hours. Eek!

Day 438