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Friday, February 5, 2016

x plus x = panels

Three things to be happy about:
(1) Youtube Missouri Star tutorials
(2) minty toothpaste
(3) hot coffee

Still happy about that first cuppa in the morning!  In a Rugrats cartoon a few years ago Tommy and Chuckie were pretending to be grownups eating breakfast before going to work.  Chuckie: "Mr. Tommy, this coffee tastes like mud!"  Tommy:  "It is mud, Mr. Chuckie!"

Ahh, that first cuppa - tastes like hazelnut!

I'm piecing my x and plus blocks by groups of nine to make it easy on myself.

Three rows of panels, plus one odd row...

I saw this after I sewed on the right panel - ouch!  What are the odds of having two identical fabrics side by side?  More to the point, what are the odds of me unsewing this seam???

I think I may have used just 3 of those squares in the whole thing.

So here's progress (can't see those two identical squares, right?)

One panel done, two more to go!

It shrinks horizontally by two inches after sewing.

That's it for now, time for breffus, sew forth and sew on...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

x and plus progress

Three things to be happy about:
(1) temperatures rising
(2) new movies
(3) red nail polish

I didn't really "get" how close I was to piecing all my x and plus blocks til I gave them my full attention!  Before I knew it I had completed the 90 blocks I was aiming for.

I laid these out on my design floor, just tossing them down as I unpinned the 10-block groups.  If I saw two that matched too closely I moved one, but you know what?  I'm not going to start moving these around because it would take me half a day to get a perfect balance!

Just looking at the photo now I can see some dark spots but I won't worry about that.

I'm using these two fabrics for the borders, I thought a light inner border would give the eye a rest.

Or, maybe not...

This bluish-purplish border print fabric is a Jennifer Sampou that I've had for years!

I like it; it was tucked away in a cabinet, and that's probably why I hadn't used it by now.

Notice the peacocks in the border strip?  My first thought was to cut it away and "save" it for later.

One little curious thing though - when I unfolded it all the way I discovered that at some point I had cut out big hunks, and part of the border was missing.

I started to put it back but then I thought to myself "why not use it?  If not now, when??"

So, final decision - I'll use this fabric, some of the strips will have the peacocks and some won't.

I'll think of it as a design element!

That's it for now, sew forth and sew on til later...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New stuff!

Three things to be happy about:
(1) getting new stuff!
(2) stuffed cabbage
(3) a new recipe

One day last month I ordered some things that got delayed because of the snow storm.  I got my 2-1/2" square die the next day, but Saturday morning I got the second item...

A new iron!

It's no ordinary iron - this baby is a DRY iron all the way from Vermont!

No holes in the sole plate, no danger of spitting or dribbling water on my pieced blocks.

It's to replace the iron on the left that I've had for ages and ages!

A few months ago I noticed a frayed place in the cord so I put blue painter's tape over it.  I know, I know - that wasn't the best way to handle the problem but, well, you know...

So I got this new iron, and boy is it heavy!

At our bee on Saturday I bought this piece of SSI fabric - Matters of the Heart by Kaye England.

Three yards, what a great find!  In 2006 I only had a small piece of this fabric and I really liked it but I just couldn't find any more of it.

I made this wall hanging - Goose Steppin' - using strips and pieces from what I had.

I remember when I finished the quilt I said to myself  "Wow!  Look how those geese are steppin' around that quilt!"

Label art designed by a former co-worker - John is a very talented, creative graphics artist!

I just explained to him that I wanted a picture of a goose doing the goose step, and he designed the art.

On Monday afternoon my third item came - a new school house die on sale at Accuquilt.

Haven't had time to play with it yet, though.

That's it for now, I placed a few pictures of show and tell from our meeting on the bee's blog - enjoy!  Sew forth and sew on til later...