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Sunday, February 7, 2016

DWM: Goal! plus a bit of brown, and some string blocks

I don't care about the Super Bowl, but I did make a goal this week.  Here are the 17 mug rugs for the Magpies' Texfest meet up next month.  Making them was my  OMG -- One Monthly Goal -- for February.  They used a bunch of bandanas and 2-1/4 yards of fabric.

I folded 1-1/2" squares into triangles and sewed them into the binding for so the mug rug can be used as a wallhanging. (The backs were a variety of bandana prints.)

Brown is the color for this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge . I made the nine brown Snail's Trail blocks for the Block Lotto in January (and posted the photo last week) so I thought I should come up with another project for the RSC.  When I sewed 2" squares into nine-patches for Dancing 9's (photo last week) I pulled out all the red squares and started leader-endering them. What to do with those twosies?  Jacob's Ladder would be fun. But what to use for the HSTs? Ah! Brown!

These blocks are 9-1/2" unfin. I don't know how many I'll make or how I'll set them.

NLCQG (my guild) members made Heartstrings blocks at the January charity sewing meeting.  I said I'd quilt up to five 48-block quilts if they'd make the blocks. At this week's meeting the blocks began to come in -- more than 125 so far, with more on the way.  We'll donate the quilts to a local agency.

I'm linking up for
RSC Scrap Happy Saturday
 Oh Scrap!
Design Wall Monday
Monday Making

P.S. My Super Bowl commentary:

Monday, February 1, 2016

OMG: February project

I joined Heidi's OMG challenge last month. I completed my stated goal. It didn't take long to determine my One Monthly Goal for February.

If you're a regular reader of my blog you know I have a collection of vintage textiles in addition to an enormous stash of quilting fabric and a somewhat huge stash of fashion fabric (which is turning vintage, considering that I rarely make garments these days).

Bandanas are one of the subcategories of my vintage stuff.  I haven't gone out of my way to acquire them but when I see them at a good price (.50 and under) I buy 'em.   Here is one of a number of websites with historical background about bandanas.

uncut yardage

quilt fabric w/ bandanna print
I turned to my bandana stash for the favors to give when the Magpies, my online quilting group, gather in Dallas next month for our biennial in-person meet-up. These will finish at 6 x 9 -- mug rug or small wallhanging.  I found a pattern for a pieced cowboy boot but that required too much fiddly piecing. I made a boot-shaped template for applique.  The magpie is adapted from a Pat Sloan pattern.  Each bandana yielded four boot shapes. I trimmed the centers to 9.5" to use for another project.

My February OMG is to complete the 17 mug rugs -- quilted, bound, labeled.  I made this sample for the blog post. I'll set up an assembly line to make the rest.

See what other OMG'ers have pledged at  Red Letter Quilts .

P.S. Here is the mug rug I made for the 2014 Piefest in Australia.
....and here are the scraps...

DWM: January summary and February beginnings

Ta-da! Here is Dancing Nines, made from this Bonnie Hunter pattern.  The border is an imitation woodblock print that I've had for many years.   3-1/2 yards used.

Stash report, January:
fabric in:  4 yards, $15.50
fabric out: 18-5/8 yards
net reduction: 14-5/8 yards

Considering that I was out of town, not sewing, for nine days this month I accomplished a lot in January:
*  three flimsies finished
*  two flimsies created
*  four flimsies sold

Here are nine 6.5" (unfin) Snail's Trail blocks for the February Block Lotto.  I've wanted to make these blocks and thanks to Sophie's precise cutting instructions they went together easily.

I'm linking up with other quiltmakers for
Design Wall Monday
Monday Making
Oh Scrap!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A blue ribbon day

"Forecast: Scrappy With a Chance of Nine-Patches" was my entry in the GFWC-IL 10th District art contest. (That's  General Federation of Women's Clubs.)  Members' entries were on display at yesterday's district luncheon.

I won a blue ribbon!

I made the quilt out of orphan blocks in early 2015. This photo shows it prior to quilting. (I did an overall meander in the center and almost-feathers in the border.)

P.S. I won last year, too.  I should add that there are only two or three entries in a category so the chances are pretty good to get an award . . . but it's gratifying to get first place.

Monday, January 25, 2016

DWM: Dancing Nines

I had a productive quilting week, as I shared in the two previous posts.  I appreciate the many comments on both Blue Coins and Postage Stamp Stars.

Last Monday I showed the 9-patch blocks on my design wall.  They are made from 2" squares and thus are 5" unfin/4.5" fin.  I was pretty sure I would set them alternately with hourglass blocks.   I made a sample. I was not excited.

I did a Google images search for "nine patch quilts" and Bonnie Hunter's Dancing Nines came up.  It was just what I wanted.  Click here to see the pattern.

Speaking of 9-patches, here are multiple mini-9's (3.5" unfin) for the Block Swappers. I didn't participate in the quarterly swaps last year and I want to replenish my supply.

If you click on flimsy completion tab at the top of the page you'll note that the to-be-quilted list is shorter. Not only have I finished three quilts this month, but I've also sold four flimsies.  I listed them on the Quilters Virtual Yard Sale Facebook group.  Selling flimsies is not a light decision. Am I giving up too easily? If I quilt it myself will it look decent? If I pay to have it quilted will I get my money's worth (particularly important for a charity donation)?  The proceeds from these sales will go into my sewing machine savings account.

I'm linking up with the usual suspects at
Patchwork Times  (Design Wall Monday)
Love Laugh Quilt  (Monday Making)
Quilting is More Fun Than Housework (Oh Scrap!)

P.S. Here's a photo of this morning's sunrise.  When I went out to the back yard to take the picture I heard bird calls . . . how many weeks until spring?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Another finish


Finish #3 for January!  I made the "framed coins" flimsy last spring. This pretty blue print backing print is by Hoffman ("Pheasant Hill" on the selvedge). I got it at this closeout sale.  Another insert strip, just because.
3-1/2 yards for the backing and binding.

And since it's blue, I'll link up to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge !

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

OMG: January goal completed

OMG = One Monthly Goal.

The OMG page on the Red Letter Quilts blog says that photos of each participant's progress should be posted the last week of the month. Well, it's the third week of the month and I have my goal completed. Next week I'll enter this post . . . but why wait to tell everyone else? Here is Postage Stamp Stars with its flying geese border.  My OMG was to piece the borders and attach them to the flimsy.

1/25/16:  click here to go to the OMG linkup.

Here's the backstory:  I made the blocks last summer and used up one dark blue print.  I used a second dark blue print (#2) for the setting triangles. I didn't have any more of #2  for the borders. I *so* wanted to avoid buying any more fabric!  I auditioned a large floral print but that detracted from the stars-in-a-night-sky idea. (See the border quandary here.) I know better than to push on a project when I'm frustrated and I put it away.  At the end of December I pulled it out.  I had a different dark blue print (#3) in sufficient quantity. I removed all of the #2 setting triangles and replaced them with #3. I cut the #3 triangles extra large, so that when I trimmed them there was a 3/4" "float." I made many of the flying geese. Uh-oh! I was running low on print #3. Fortunately I had a selvage that said "Joann's," and I bought 1-1/2 yards on Monday (50% off). Back home I found I had more of #3 after all....sigh.  Anyway: by dumb luck, that 3/4" float was jut enough to allow the geese to fit evenly on all four sides.  Hooray!  I added a 1.5" strip around the edges for stability.

The complete flimsy used 5 yards.  You may ask, "How will you quilt it?" and I will answer, "Eventually."