Archive for May, 2013

Not Really Finished At All Object

Monday, May 27th, 2013

So here is what I was finally able to finish piecing this weekend:

Mystery Quilt Center

Alert readers will recognize this as the central block in this quilt, whose previous status was documented here.  I had this central block pieced except for the last two seams for over a month — possibly two months? — before I was able to sew those last two seams!

But sewing those last two seams was enough to allow me to lay out the following on the floor:

Mystery Quilt laid out

Which is the entire quilt top, more or less.

Alert readers will also note that the corner log cabin blocks have been painstakingly taken apart and re-pieced, and are now no longer 1/4″ too small in both dimensions.  Taking them apart and re-piecing them also allowed me to change out the fabric in the outer “logs” to match the GIANT PURPLE TRIANGLES OF DOOM so that I get the same “floating” effect that Ann did in her rendition of the quilt. Silver lining, maybe?

Anyway, I’m very pleased with it! The next step is, well, sewing all the pieces together (which is what I’ve been doing all along, isn’t it?) but in this case, actually putting the whole thing together.  I don’t expect this to happen quickly, because long seams take a much longer time to set up, pin, sew, etc. than shorter ones. But this is the largest thing I’ve pieced to date, so it’s exciting, and challenging!

40 Down, 9 To Go

Monday, May 27th, 2013

By Ann


Here is the current state of the Quilt:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust 9 more blocks to piece! My goal is to have the top completed by All Together Week.

Finishing May Blue Scraps

Monday, May 27th, 2013

by Nancy

Saturday was the last blue Scrappy Saturday for May.  I finished up a 10″ block of blue scraps:


I also finished 70 of these 3″ rail fence blocks.

IMG_8780 (1280x652)I hope to turn them into a reusable grocery bag.  I had some extra duck cloth in the basement that I planned to use for the bag, but when I got it out of the basement, it smelled sort of funny.  So, I threw it in the wash this morning.  It came out very wrinkled, so we’ll see what it looks like after some pressing or whether I need to come up with a Plan B.


Sunday, May 26th, 2013

by Nancy

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Here is my finished Crackpotty Project!  I am so pleased with it.  It’s a weekly meal and activities organizer.  There are little clothes pins on the sides for each day’s dinner and activities.  I made two little pockets out of cardstock to hold the extra meal and activities cards.  I’m very happy with how it turned out.  Now I just need to clean and organize the kitchen this week so that it looks as good as the organizer!

The Start of a Crackpotty Project

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

by Nancy


School’s out!  My plans for the summer include running, sewing, and (I’ve warned my family about this one) cleaning and organizing my house.  Next week I’ll be tackling the kitchen.  To that end, I started a crackpotty project today.  It involved some very enjoyable time spent at Hobby Lobby obtaining supplies: scrapbooking paper, cardstock, paint, stickers, and a picture frame.  The plan is to make a menu planning and activity organizing board inspired by something  I saw on Pinterest.  So far painting the mini clothes pins has been fun!  More updates as I make progress.

More Blue Scraps

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

by Nancy

It was another scrappy Saturday here, and I continued working with blue scraps as part of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I’ve made quite a few more 3 inch rail fence blocks:

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I also started sewing my 2.5 inch squares together to make a 10 inch (finished size) square. My thought is a scrappy, dark quilt that can be used at soccer games to stay warm.

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Blue Scraps

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

by Nancy

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A blog I like to read, So Scrappy, has a Rainbow Scrap Challenge, where each month you are encouraged to piece something with a particular color of scraps.  May is blue – bright blue.  So, I spent a little time with my 1.5″ strips of bright blue scraps this afternoon.  I don’t have a specific plan for these 3″ rail fence blocks yet, but I’m thinking maybe something along the lines of this pattern from Red Pepper Quilts:

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