Monday, October 26, 2020

This Week's Sugar Loaf Star

 Star #8 of 25 made of Sugar Loaf wedges. 
They are getting a little easier to make! 

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Yellow Wedding Rings

 Two inch yellow scraps got made into Wedding Rings this week. These finish at 7.5 inches and I now have 127 of them after making them from scraps for a couple of years. My goal is 144 blocks so by year end I hope to meet that goal. 

Friday, October 23, 2020

Coddiwomple Is Finished!

64 x 82
It's a finish! 

(Coddiwomple: travel in a purposeful manner toward a vague destination)

It started with 12 orphan blocks - those Whirlagigs (or St. Bridget's Crosses) that were leftover from a quilt finished in 2010. They were originally swapped blocks made in batiks on black backgrounds. 

I added some strings, some HSTs from the Parts Department. I blogged about the whole process back in September 2019 when I made the top.  I even added a simple border which is a rarity here. 

I quilted it with unmarked and unevenly spaced vertical lines. I used gray thread on top. 

I used a bowl full of left over bobbins in a variety of thread colors.

I used a black backing so the colors showed up on back even though you can't see the colors very well in this photo. 

I just quilted lines until I ran out of bobbin threads. Then I decided that was enough quilting. 

Peacock Party at Wendy's Quilts and More

Finished or Not Finished Friday at Alycia Quilts


Thursday, October 22, 2020

'30s Thursday

Plodding along between other projects and making Economy Blocks from '30s reproduction scraps.  Not sure how many I will make yet. These originally started as a way to use some 3.5 inch scraps that are the centers. The two rounds on the sides (3 and 4 inch squares cut on diagonals) are cut from small chunks of '30s scraps. 

 Also in between other projects working on Little Baskets and Hollow Nine Patches. The waste triangles in the little baskets are cut from Indian Hatchet block corners and the Indian Hatchet blocks were made from leftovers from Churn Dashes.  So far the Hollow Nines 2 inch squares have come from the 2 inch scrap bin. I've been using muslin bits and pieces for the basket backgrounds and the "hollow".  These blocks finish at 4.5 inches. 

I've been in twin quilt mode for donation or gifts this year so these probably will end up that size. Time will tell. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

A11 -- Clue #1

Seventeen blocks for clue #1

 My finished quilt will be for Quilts of Valor.
I'm using odds and ends of patriotic fabrics. 
Clue #2 will be released tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

This Week's Sugar Loaf Star

Star made of Sugar Loaf wedges.

#7 of 25

 I said I was going to try to make one block a week.  So far so good. 

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Tales From The Backside: Backstories.

A Tale From The Backside

I made a flimsy
and I call it 
63 x 81

I called it backstories because it is made from...

...a box of quilt BACK trimmings. And all those BACK trimmings all remind me of the STORIES of finished quilts. BACKSTORIES. 

I saw a quilt called Second Strings at Timeless Reflections and I just knew it was the perfect way to use my box of eclectic quilt back trimmings (greater than 2 inches in width) that has been accumulating for quite awhile. If I studied a picture of the quilt long enough I probably could have figured out the math on how to make it myself but I wanted to get this top made quickly before I forgot about it and while I had the urge so I ordered the digital pattern called Interweave  so I wouldn't have think much -- just cut and sew. 

When I downloaded the Interweave pattern I saw it was supposed to make a quilt that finished at 65" x 71". I like to make my twin sized quilts at least 80 inches long so tried to decide how and where to add a little, bottom or center?? Well, as I was trying to figure that out I happened to notice that the block size made with the pattern instructions would NOT make for a quilt 65" x 71" but a quilt 63" x 65" instead.  Hmmmmm....I had to do a little thinking and a little math and I finally decided to make an extra set of half length blocks to add to the center of the quilt. 

Well, I did make the top in a hurry like planned and I did enjoy the process and I do like the finished top. And I did use a lot, but not all, of the quilt back trimmings. Some of those remaining trimmings I'll cut into squares, scrappy binding or strips or skinnier strings for the skinny string box which is a separate box from the quilt backing trimmings box. 

 I thought before I blogged about the error with the pattern length as stated in the pattern  I should notify the author of the problem. That message and response through Etsy are as follows: 

Date: 3 days ago 09:33 EDT
Message:  I ordered the Interweave pattern a few days ago. I think there is something incorrect about your finished length of 71 inches. With the pieces in each block cut at 3 3/4 inches I think the finished block size is 10.5 x 32.5 so the length is more like 65 inches and not the 71 inches as you have listed in your pattern.

Date: 3 days ago 11:35 EDT
Karen Griska
Message: Thank you, Cathy. I'll take a look at that. I hope it didn't cause you a problem.
Best wishes,

And now you know the rest of the story. 
And so ends the tale from the backside.

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