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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Weekly update: One bite at a time and September stash report


"How do you eat an elephant?"
"One bite at a time!"
That's my approach to quilting the t-shirt quilt.  The first bite was piecing the backing (photo to come).  The second bite was basting it. (I used almost all the basting pins).  An 82 x 86 quilt sandwich is hefty!  The third bite was quilting all the t-shirt motifs.   I started in the center and quilted three motifs down, then went to the right and quilted three down, to the right again and three down. I turned it over and, from the bottom center did the three columns. Then I rerolled the quilt sandwich and, sideways, quilted the motifs in each corner.   That took Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

This evening (Sunday) I will quilt the sashing. I may get started on the border.

The week to come is busy -- I'm out MTWTh evenings and have daytime meetings T and F -- but I am determined to get this quilt finished this week!

Meanwhile, here are sixteen basket blocks for a group quilt I'm participating in.




















And here are nine Dresden plates for the October Block Lotto. (I re-read the instructions. The wedges are supposed to be light-dark-light-dark so I will need to make five more with the correct orientation.)

As for the stash report?
I indulged in September. Oh, wow, did I ever!
September fabric in: 56-1/4 yards, $371 ($6.22/yd)
Fabric out: 14-1/2
YTD fabric in: 345-1/4, $1338 ($3.88/yd)
Fabric out: 215-3/8 
I'll blame that on free shipping -- I placed two orders with Fabrics.com.  They provide free shipping for orders over $50.  Go broke saving money . . . but I did get both the fabric I needed and some that I really liked.


C&T offered free shipping for orders over $50 with their warehouse sale.  I took advantage of that.
Most of these books were $5.00. A couple were more and a couple were less.

See what other quiltmakers are up to!
Monday Making
Oh Scrap!
 Main Crush Monday
 Design Wall Monday




9 comments:

  1. Whoohoo, you're quilting up a storm there, girl! Looking good! The blocks are very pretty, both the baskets and the sunflowers.

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  2. T shirt quilts are hefty! But it sounds like you almost have it tackled. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap! Love those basket blocks :)

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  3. you go on that t shirt quilt. I always wanted to make one but I have cold feet in starting it.

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  4. Sounds like you are close to finishing the t-shirt quilt. That has to be a monster to wrangle under the machine. I've got one and it's heavy (I had mine quilted). Hope you can find some time to stitch during your busy week.

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  5. That sounds like an armful of quilting- i like the basket blocks are the handles pieced or appliqued?

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    1. The handles are appliqued. I tried two methods: a bias strip and a template. The template was easier. The photo shows one basket with the bias strip and fifteen with the template.

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  6. Something I have never made, nor have a desire to, is a t-shirt quilt! Wow, the glimpse of the backing-- looks fantastic!

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  7. The dresden blocks are so cute. I see a turkey in front of those dresden! Yea for making progress on quilting the t-shirt quilt. I agree the backing is beautiful fabric.

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  8. Your basket blocks are gorgeous! I absolutely love them! Can you direct me to the pattern? Simply stunning!

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