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A little Friday Night Sewing

I worked on this project, from earlier this week. All the squares were laid out, colors shifted and then this happened:

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Magic! Tada!

I got to sew one block together:

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I should have lots of time to finish this top. No orders at work, most businesses are closed and soon we might be confined to our homes. Not good.

Sew Be It
Lynn

Left Overs

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I had some leftover half square triangles….playing with them. Now I need some more – cause I sort of like this. I have a lot of reworking the color locations – but I was really just trying to see if this would work. These will be 16″ finished squares, so maybe just one more square and some sashing and borders to make it about 48 x 66 a nice throw size. We will see how it will end up.

Sew wash your hands!
Lynn

Look A Squirrel!

Instead of working on the Wonky Stars quilt…I made some pin cushions.

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This was a free pattern by Crystal Drummond with DayBrook Designs.

Slightly disappointing as the cutting instructions were not quite accurate, but instructions were good enough, that it was easy to get correct pieces cut.

I ran out of stuffing, so I will go and purchase some tomorrow.

I also worked on a T-Shirt pattern for my small group’s summer retreat. Not quite as planned – the “face” melted, however it looks sort of pirate-like, pretty funny! The next ones will turn out much better – a learning curve for sure.

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A Tomato Pin Cushion with seam rippers as the skull and cross bones of a pirate flag. Like the shirt, purchased from Hobby Lobby.

Sewing Up Trouble!
Lynn

Stars

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I began quilting the wonky stars quilt last night! I am quilting stars with a swirl in the middle. I got three rows done. But now that it is started – it will be easier to keep going!

Sewing Stars
Lynn

Slow and Frustrating

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I completed one thing today, the blue table runner at the bottom of the picture. It is quilted and bound – I hand washed it and it is blocked and drying.

I made one more block on the top right of the picture…this is the frustrating part. I will not complete this as a top, in fact I am done with these units and I will use them on the back of another quilt and repurpose the pre-made parts in another way.

Then I wanted to use up some more scraps, so I made the orange/fall colored blocks from 2.5″ squares. That worked to relax my frustration.

The little heart block was made earlier in the week, when I had about an hour to play in the studio.

A busy week coming up!

Sew Breathe!
Lynn

Loaded

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The Christmas quilt is loaded on the midarm and ready to quilt. The backing is actually airplane fabric. The red triangle fabric is from my stash – I made it work! So lots of stash fabrics used!

I may start quilting this one, this week – or next week, at any rate hope to get this completed soon.

Sew Accomplished!
Lynn

Decisions, Decisions

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I completed most of my wonky stars. But now I must figure out the setting. I sort of like the red sashing around each star, but do not like the green at the edges. I wanted to avoid buying more fabric – but I think I need to visit the Christmas clearance. This will have to be a red only quilt, maybe I will put a green back on it.

I have been in my quilt studio almost all day, very relaxing – but I made a huge mess. I will clean it up eventually.

My small group of quilt sisters will go on retreat in June! Yeah! Cannot wait, it has been a long time. We found a great little place just outside of McKinney. Close enough to get anything we need, but far enough away that we feel that we have gotten out of town.

Sew Peaceful
Lynn

Snow Day

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Look! It’s a Blizzard! Texas snow – came early and by the end of the day it was gone. I did go to the office today and ironed out some problems. But once I came home I was up in the studio stitching.
I am daunted by the flying geese I am making for a mystery quilt. 164 of them to be exact. But, I was excited about making the wonky stars for the Christmas quilt. So I compromised…I made myself make one set of flying geese, then I rewarded myself with making one wonky star.

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I completed four sets of 4 geese all paper pieced…I am not a fan of paper piecing – but I do like the accurate result – perfect little pieces.

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Then I made three of the wonky stars. These are very cute, they finish 11.5 each. I might set them on-point like they are positioned here, I will only need 28 stars and then some setting triangles to complete a quilt that is about 82 x 66 (if my math is correct – late in the evening so not too sure about that)

Anyway, relaxing at the sewing machine is the best!

Sew Happy
Lynn

Stormy

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What to do on a stormy cold night? Make some 4-patches of course! After Christmas I picked up some bargains at Wal-Mart – several precuts at 70% off. Nice fabric, and you cannot beat 99 cents a yard! In all the years that I have been making quilts I have not made a Christmas quilt….hmmm – what does a quilter do? Well, you make a Christmas quilt already!
I have made a stack of 4-patches with many more cut out. I think I will let these be centers for some wonky stars. Of course we will see what the fabric wants – sometimes the quilt has a mind of its own.
So, a relaxing evening. It is satisfying cuting and piecing material, no thoughts about anything – just playing.

Sew lovely,
Lynn

Table Runner

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I worked on this table runner today. I purchased it from Shabby Fabrics, the kit is named Baltimore Garden in periwinkle.

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This was started in at the end of summer. I have the background to quilt , then it can be bound and ready to put on a table.

Maybe I can complete this soon!

Sunday Sewing
Lynn