Sunday, November 27, 2022

Weekly update: the blue bins


Both Friday and Saturday were sunny and warm. We enjoyed outings to Ray Lake and Pine Dunes.   

Lower left: a beaver lodge. Lower right: a ladder.   The trails at both preserves were 2.25 miles.  The more I walk the easier it gets!

A front came through and today (Sunday) was overcast and much colder.  After church we stayed home.  We put out the Christmas decorations.   The boys are back! (The biggest one never went away....)   These are all German nutcrackers (and four smokers) acquired over many years.  

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In the studio: 

The blue bin, home to fat quarters and chunks, was overflowing.  It's been a long time since I made a mostly blue quilt.  Bonnie Hunter's "My Blue Heaven" popped into mind. I looked up the pattern and got to cutting. And sewing. And trimming. Repeat. Count. And repeat some more.

(Bonnie's directions call for making the flying geese out of strips. I'm making four-at-a-time (see the lower right in the photo of two 3" squares layered on a 5-1/2" square).  My method avoids cut-away corners that I either throw away or make into bonus triangles. I don't need any more bonus triangles!)

The date on the printout is 2007.  

It's generating its own pile of scraps. 

Linking up with  Design Wall Monday Stitching Stuff and Oh Scrap! 

P.S.  Bonnie was interviewed for the Save Our Stories project.  The Textile Talks recording is on YouTube here


  1. We have a smoker from Germany. It's a hunter carrying a fox by its tail, but the fox has one eye open. It always reminds me and our boys of the line from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail": "I'm not dead yet. I'm feeling much better!"

    Thinking it's time to find that thing and get it smokin',

    Bird 'Pie

  2. ooh that pattern is a fave of mine..should be gorgeous!

  3. The blue bin!! lovely blues - that will be a fabulous quilt!

  4. Blue and white quilts are so pretty - as are red and white. Just the best way to showcase the color. Your collection of nutcrackers and smokers look so cute on the mantle. I need to finish decorating my tree today and put the bins away.

  5. I love your nutcrackers - I have some but not near that many

  6. Scraps never seem to get used up—they just get smaller, haha. I’m with you, no more bonus triangles!

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  8. Love your Nut Crackers and Smokers. I've not gotten out the Christmas decorations yet, that's for the weekend. Looking forward to seeing your new scrappy adventure.

  9. That's going to be pretty in blues and whites. And you're right - nobody needs more scrap triangles! lol


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