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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Two almost done

Three things to be happy about:
(1) living in the moment
(2) shoe sales
(3) kids swapping lunches

I think progress is a good thing, especially if it belongs to you (me)!  Good progress on my challenge quilt for June, I dismantled it and redid the layout.  All I have to do now is quilt it and it's good to go!  But you'll have to wait 3 months before you see it, anticipation is a good thing too!


I went ahead and finished the inner part of my string blocks, using the wavy design I mentioned.  One thing I noticed (and I'm glad it doesn't matter to me) is that when you use a contrasting middle strip as I did in these blocks, if you use any layout other than having them in an X format, you don't get sharp points.  I like the wavy design but the white tips are blunted where they meet at the top and bottom of each row. 

I pieced these together in a 9-across and 10-down layout, that's a pretty good sized throw especially when I add two borders and I plan to do. 

I pulled two fabrics ... a light one with words for the narrow inner border and a greenish-blue one for the wider outer border. 
The color combo is just fine, but since I haven't cut into these yet I think I'll comb my stash to find some fabrics I've had longer than these.  I got the patriotic fabric at the Hancock's that went out of business in December, I know I have a light (or some other color) that's been growing mushrooms, that I can pull and use for this quilt.  After I do the borders I'll consider this one a flimsy that can languish in my to-be-quilted pile.


I've been seeing a lot of people doing the scrappy granny square blocks and I think I'm getting hooked, I really like that pattern!  Jolene at Blue Elephant Stitches did a tutorial on it that looks super easy, so I grabbed some 2-1/2" squares from my box and laid one out, just to see...

I really like it!  Of course if I did it for real I'd use a white background, but I like the on-point shape it'll be when sewn together.  Also, you only need about a dozen of these to make a decent sized quilt, or even fewer if you're making a kid-sized quilt.  So, looks like another scrappy design will be on my to-do list!

Well today it's another run at the basement, I'm only spending about an hour moving things around down there, maybe while I'm doing laundry.  What are you working on today?  No matter what it is, I have it turns out t obe a great Wednesday for you!

Sew forth and sew on til later...

8 comments:

  1. My fingers are sore from quilting. Looking at all your work is the best kind of break.

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  2. I just love the wave in setting these blocks differently - stored in the 'possibilities' notebook, thank you. I am still cleaning/clearing - although I think I'm making a bigger mess.

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  3. I fell for those granny square blocks, too... love em!

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  4. Hi Linda: I like your wavy string quilt and I'm inviting you to post pix and/or links at our group string blog: http://stringthingalong.blogspot.com Let me know if you'd like to do that and I'll send you an invitation to post directly.
    Brenda
    http://stringthingalong.blogspot.com
    http:scrapsandstrings.blogspot.com

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  5. Wow! Looks awesome, Linda!

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  6. Looks fabulous! and I want to try the granny block.

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  7. Love the strings, even with the blunted ends.
    I like it with the golden yellow color, I don't think it would be as interesting with white.

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  8. Hi Linda...I just sent you an email, and said exactly what you said in your #1...Live in the moment, or live for Today! LOL Great minds think alike! I also love your string quilt in the Ripple pattern! I do string quilts, but haven't thought to do one like that. Great idea~ ♥♥♥

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