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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I took the Orca Bay plunge!

I kept telling myself "no, no, no, not til you finish some other stuff!" BUT after seeing all the blocks everybody else is doing on Bonnie Hunter's Orca Bay mystery I just had to jump in!  Bonnie is posting the clues on Fridays, then on Mondays you can show your progress using her linky.

When I went to pull strips, I only had a few 1-1/2" neutrals
I'll have to cut some from yardage stash, yaaaay!

I had no blacks at all, so all those will be cut from stash; here are a few fabrics I'll use...

See that very colorful piece with the cave men?  Some of the strips were okay, but others were a bit iffy...

I thought I'd better be safe than sorry, so those will get tossed into my parts department bin to use later.

I took this picture of my progress last night...

Then this morning I woke sorta early and decided to really get into em...

10 sets done!  See the caveman peeking out?  Because there's a good bit of the black background around him, I figure he can come too.  Anybody have any thoughts??

That's my progress so far and I feel encouraged!  Someone gave a tip on making the blocks lie flat by unsewing a thread at the center junction.  Then I pressed the seams in a counter-clockwise direction and they lie flat as a pancake... I forgot who it was, but she has a linky on Bonnie's blog - thanks, my quilty friend!

Update: I discovered who to give credit for the great tip - it's Cissa, visit her blog here

Sew forth and sew on


  1. Hi Linda, I plunged also! I'm in Alexandria. Happy sewing.

  2. oh they look great!! Bonnie said to get out the UGLIES too, I mean it's a 2" squares when done, so it doesn't mattethr. I had some WEIRD blocks too, some that had light on the corner like yours too and it's fine ( I used dark blue instead of black- don't have much black but tons of blues and especially scraps ) it made a nice dent so far... If you really HATE that block they put it aside and cut out another one later, I had some miscuts too and one I counted as blue but it had a whiteish background, once I sewed it together, it looked like it should be in the white pile, also when I sewed together, some pieces were not cut all the way, so when I was done I had to recut 20 or so more blues..... have a look at mine btw:-)

  3. A friend of mine used to tell me that if you don't like a fabric, you haven't cut it small enough...LOL!

  4. I'm looking at some of the links posted on Bonnie's page and it's fun to see what others are doing and how they are progressing. You've done a great job so far. About the blacks being black enough ... I like the tip someone gave on QuiltvilleChat about taking her glasses off/squinting at the block to see what colour it reads predominantly. I think you can get away with your caveman face - it will be such fun to 'find' in the finished quilt :)

  5. They're gorgeous and so scrappy, I love it.

  6. I think your blocks look fantastic so far! I took the plunge too and just hope that I will be able to keep up!

  7. that cave man peaking out of the last one is just way too cute. I want a caveman in my quilt!!

  8. I love the caveman, don't change it, it is good fun to have a face like that in the quilt.

  9. I think you chose such fun fabrics. I think that as long as enough of the background fabric shows then it is fair game - at least that is what I went with.


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