Sneak Peak……….

Time to clean off the cutting table.  I trimmed all of these “ends” into straight strips and I’ll use them for mug rugs.





Progress reports are supposed to be on Fridays for the “Fractured” quilt but here is a sneak peek of how my reds and grays are working together.  Each pair of 5″ strips makes 2 blocks so I have to decide whether I’m using the duplicates in this quilt or just one of each.

Playing with blocks……

I didn’t sew at all yesterday.  I went to a session of cutting for Quilts of Valor in the morning.  In the afternoon I pulled out all of the Kaffe leftover blocks and put them on a design wall.  I can see I don’t have enough to do anything with yet so they went back into the box.  I have my next quilt in mind and started pulling fabrics but didn’t make any decisions yet.  I need to sew a backing seam and get another quilt loaded on my longarm while I work on the fabric selection.

I only need one more………..

Here is Rosemary smoothing out the final edge of her log cabin quilt.  The blocks are paper pieced and finish about 4.5″.  Since she made some random fabric placement and some dark/light diagonal halves she just put them together in a random placement.  I just love it.  I give her almost all of my scraps so I recognized a lot of the fabrics as we basted.
After we finished basting I got out my boxes of orphan blocks.  These are all batiks.
More batik orphan blocks.
Last night I pieced 3 more blocks.  I haven’t sewn the corners on the crazy pieced blocks yet so the fabric may change.  I will also have to figure out if I want the 3 crazy pieced blocks near each other or scattered randomly.  Actually if I put the third one in the bottom corner it may look like 2 eyes and a mouth.

Playing with a new idea……….

This is a pile of leftover Kaleidoscope wedges from a demo I did with the last class.  I dug them out because I wondered if they would work on a project I wanted to start.  One of the blogs I read is nifty quiltsClick here and go see what she has on her design wall and then I’ll explain where these wedges come into the picture.
I have the same book as she has so I could go to it to see the inspiration quilt.  I emailed her and asked if she was strip piecing and cutting wedges. I knew most people doing this pattern are piecing it one strip at a time on paper like she said she is doing.  I figured if you need 8 wedges alike why not strip piece it, cut it with a Kaleidoscope ruler and add it on all in one chunk.  She encouraged me to write a blog post about my idea.
I photocopied it in black and white so I could draw the seam lines with a red pen to see how the pattern evolves.  Then since my wedges were already made I had to work backwards for the measurement of the center piece between 2 wedges.  I cut a square I thought would be a finished size and and cut it corner to corner both directions (for 4 triangles) and then drew the center piece in and added the seam allowances and then cut it out.
I have it almost right.  I went to the basement and got my black and white leftover scraps from a Strips n Curves quilt and pieced onto them and then cut out the shape.  I need a tiny bit more seam allowance so that means it’s a little too small.  I will probably just make a small quilt from the wedges I have and use a totally different group of fabrics if I make the real quilt.  The planning and figuring out is the fun (and sometimes frustrating) part.

>Last layout, top sewn, playing with leftovers

>One last layout with the small blocks. I call this one Kissing Seahorses. I haven’t made any decision about which layout I will use, or whether it will have a border. I did sew the big blocks together. It always looks so much better sewn than just blocks on the design wall. I am putting a border on this one so that it fits a twin bed a little better. I haven’t decided which color to emphasize with the border.

If you have been reading my blog for awhile you probably know that part of cleaning up the cutting table after making a project is gathering the little scraps and playing with them. I have 2 postcards started and a mini wallhanging.

I am at 965 posts right now so I may use these for part of a give away for my 1000th post. Unlike some of the other blog give aways, mine will just be for my regular readers and not to be advertised to everyone else. Sitemeter tells me I have about 550 people a day that check on my blog. That means that in about 12 days I should have my 260,000th reader. Maybe the give away will be then instead. I am just thinking out loud here right now. I missed the 250,000th reader by about 4 hours. I knew it was coming up and then I was gone for part of the day and the sitemeter only tells me the last 100 readers and it was about 226 back.
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Susan Turney warmed my heart with her comment the other day that she enjoys going through my older posts by using the Label List which is on the right side of my page. I know so many people read through a reader or feed program and they never really come to the actual blog that way. I try to label each post so that the Label list will take you to all pages related to the subject. There are hundreds of pictures there to see as well as lots of info. Several people have mentioned I should write a book, but everything I could say is already here for you in the previous posts. Thank you Susan.

>Last June finish

>This is the last finished project for June, the last finished project for the first half of the year. Where does the time go? I consider this a table runner because it is the right size and shape. I suppose someone might hang it vertically in a narrow place as a wall hanging. I really doubt if anyone has a dining room that this would go with. I just did ditch quilting on all of the seam lines and wavy line quilting in the borders. I started doing wavy line quilting in borders in 1994 and I always fall back to it when no other idea seems better. Click on the picture below for a closer view.
If you haven’t signed up for the Blogiversay giveaway, there is still time until midnight July 4. Go back to Sunday’s post and leave your comment for your choice or email me. There are only 6 people in 2 of the categories and 12 in 2 others so the odds for winning are pretty good. I am really enjoying this connection with some of the readers who don’t usually leave comments. I have found a few new blogs to read through it and I love hearing that some of you read my blog every day.

>Playtime

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Do you allow yourself any playtime? Do you ever just piece fabrics together just because you like the colors together?
Playtime is essential to get you into a “zone” where time flies and you are surrounded by peace and contentment.
You can make rules for what you are doing, like strips are no longer than 22″ or I will only use yellow if you want to, or you can just play with the scrap bin and whatever happens, happens.
The result of all of those playtimes is a box of pieces and parts. When you start playing with them up on a design wall you get even more ideas.
Michael5000 mentioned in the comments that he wouldn’t have thought of framing my crazy log cabin quilt from a couple days ago with the angled strips. That actually happened because of playtime. I added 4 different fabrics from my “clean up cuts” box and because they weren’t straight cuts to start out with I had to square up the quilt. I experimented by folding back edges to see how much to trim and came up with the angled cuts.
All I can say is PLAY, PLAY, PLAY!! You may come up with the most exciting piece you have ever made.
VickiW has finished our second collaborative quilt for our wounded soldiers (QOV). Scroll down for the red/white/blue hearts and stars flannel quilt.