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Monday, December 22, 2014

DWM and MM: the 30's project, potholders, and GI step 4

I spent most of my sewing time this week working on Pentland Crackers blocks, the first project of my 30's Bin Bust.  Not only did I reduce the 30's stash (by a bit), but I also put a big dent into a shoebox packed full of white-on-white strips and squares. I used the same WOW in each block, but a variety of WOWs in all the blocks.  There were four cut-off triangles from each block. I  trimmed those as I generated them (a few blocks' worth at a time.)

Each "cracker" is 6.5" unfinished. Per block:
2 - 2.5 x 6.5  print
1- 2.5 x 6.5  WOW
2 - 2.5 x 2.5 print
2 - 2.5 x 2.5 WOW

cut-off HSTs (1.5" unfin)
I think I'll have a narrow white inner border and a wider 30's print outer border.

The quilted potholders we'd been using for several years got irredeemably grody so I made new ones while we watched TV Saturday evening. The Ohio Star began with an orphan block and the other two I made from scratch. These used up the last bit of  Warm Window ,  insulated shade material that used to be sold by the yard at Joann's. (A quick search of the website didn't turn it up, but apparently it's available at Amazon.) What potholder-makers use now is InsulBrite, the stuff in Warm Window, plus a layer of batting.

Here are my units for the Grand Illusion Step 4.  I assume that Bonnie will reveal the assembly with her post on December 26. I can't guess how these will go together.

I'm composing this post early but will link up at Judy's Patchwork Times and Bonnie's Mystery Monday .


  1. Lots of lovely projects, including the mystery!

    I think there might be another clue before the reveal, as Bonnie said on her blog the other day that she had to write 3 mystery posts before she went to the cabin. So I think that might mean one more clue this week, and the reveal next week - for the new year.

  2. Thanks for sharing your status! Inspires me to get busy. Still on clue 2. Thinking those bonus triangles will make cute pot-holders for next Christmas. Can't keep up with the sewing or the blog this month, but not too worried. Always have a half dozen projects underway. Love your 30's fabrics.

  3. BEautiful pot holders, great idea. I've got some orphan blocks I could use. Won't be long now and we''ll be putting all the little beauties we've made for GI together.

  4. I impressed you got a lot of sewing done. I "should" get my 30's out and make something but that won't be happening for quite a while. I have other things I want to finish and start. Maybe I should make some new pot holders too. How big do you usually make yours?

  5. The pentland crackers look great.

  6. Pretty quilt! Isn't this Kim Brackett's design called Picnic? I made one last year and love how many prints it took. I too saved my corner triangles but they are TINY so I haven't made anything from them. Your mystery parts look good too!

  7. Great quilt! Love the itty bitty HSTs. I am putting potholders on my list for after Christmas!!

  8. I love your 30's quilt--so beautiful!

  9. Your Pentland Crackers quilt looks great. You've been doing a lot of fun stitching. Have a very Merry Christmas!


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