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Sunday, March 9, 2014

DWM: finishes and starts

Moral conundrum of the week:  if I order and pay for fabric before Ash Wednesday, but it arrives the day after, does that violate my plan to give up buying fabric for Lent?  That's what happened with this lovely group of batik FQs that I bought from Kathy-in-Ozarks, who is de-stashing.  She also makes soap and sent this pretty scented bar along with the fabric. (Her Etsy shop is here ).   
 I'm pleased to report that I finished quilting Lulu's Baskets .  Hooray! I had one extra basket block which was just right for the label. 

I assembled the blocks for Chevron Strings.  It's still decorating the design wall. I'm not in a hurry to quilt it.












Back in January I basted Hourglass Nine Patch. I got tired of seeing the quilt sandwich on top of the bookcase so I started to quilt it on Saturday.....and finished it on Sunday! Once I get going it's hard to stop!








On to the next projects.   My colleagues on the AAUW-Illinois board decided to give the outgoing president books as our thank-you gift for her leadership this biennium.  (Once she's left office she will have time to read!)  Each board member is selecting a book. I volunteered to make a tote bag.  Here is the beginning.  AAUW colors are blue, green, and white.  The wings of the flying geese are the lightest batik I have, but I think it's too creamy....I may remake the geese with white-on-white (non-batik). 

Here are the first two blocks for granddaughter Alyssa's graduation quilt. She likes animal prints and I have acquired quite an assortment. These are 12". I plan to make 6" and 9" blocks, too.


I'm linking up with other quiltmakers for Design Wall Monday at  Judy's Patchwork Times . 

P.S. These are the cutaway triangles from the flying geese, trimmed to 1.5". Aren't these little blocks cute?

11 comments:

  1. Good morning, your quilts are gorgeous! Love your stings-I need to make one someday. So glad you love the fabrics and soap-enjoy your new week

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  2. Love the colors in your tote bag! Those are my favorites!! And those "extra" blocks are really cute! Your granddaughter's quilt is going to be so much fun. Lovely quilts.

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  3. You bought it before; it doesn't count. Besides, I always heard that, rather than give up something, one should take on something. And you've taken on the task of making the book bag. God loves you, anyway.

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  4. Of course it doesn't count since you bought it before Lent! :) All your projects look great but I really like the chevron string quilt. Until recently I wasn't a big fan of string quilts, but I've sure seen some pretty ones and they are really fun to make.

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  5. I agree that it was contracted before Lent, LOL! Your quilt blocks are so pretty, but I'm thinking that the center seam must be very thick where everything joins together? But maybe it is no worse than a simple pinwheel? You sure do sew up a storm, good work!

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  6. I'm on the "you bought it before" team. And wow, they were gorgeous. Did you find them on Sew It's For Sale? The color in that tote bag is spectacular! I may have to work on something in those colors.

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  7. Love the string piecing! Congrats on your finished star quilt!

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  8. Great projects, all of them. I like the flying geese the way they are.

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  9. chuckling--no penance, you bought them before lent, you can't control their arrival!! love the way the strings look.

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  10. love your quilts and your quilts-in-progress! and finishes too, terrific!

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  11. Your quilts are just lovely - glad I landed here for a good old look! I love the idea of animal prints on a quilt for a 'younger person'. She'll love it! xCathy

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