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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Quilt this, not that

Three things to be happy about:
(1) while-you-wait car repair
(2) retirement on your own terms
(3) sleeping late on a rainy day

Sleeping late, yes!!!   Yesterday I woke up sorta early but I was still sleepy, and I noticed it had started raining.  When I woke up again it was around 10:00 - that was a good rainy day sleep-in!

If there were a movie called June Cleaver Does Quilting - I'd be in the starring role!  Not only did I finish piecing the solid quilt top, but I used the same pattern idea to make another one using prints!  I'm calling this pattern layout Three-Six-Twelve...

The quilting is all done, I've attached the binding to the back, I just need to machine stitch it down on the front.  I tried the idea from the video of pressing the individual strips before joining them... believe me, it saves a lot of time!  I used to cut my strips, even off each end, draw a 45* line [yawn], cross over the ends, sew on the line ... and when all 999 strips were joined into one long strip I'd press it in half -  sheesh!  It's so much easier the "new" way!

I liked the bright colors I used in this little quilt, and since I wanted to use a single border I didn't want the border to compete with the center.  I decided to used this adorable black and white alphabet fabric; there's no black/white in the body of the quilt but I think this makes a cute border!

I was also able to finish up that bolt of alien fabric I bought in December when my local Hancock Fabrics was closing that location.  I'm glad to finish up the bolt, lets me know I'm using my fabric!  The bolt cost $3 and had at least 4 yards on it, and now it's all gone, yaaay!  I was thinking the other day that fabric is not bought to be stashed away in a box or under the bed or on the shelf ... if it's not used, what good is it???  So, I'm glad I made those aliens disappear.  I zapped their little red green yellow butts!

I've got quite an inventory of quilt tops that are waiting to be quilted - look at this pile...
I didn't know I had so many!  There are eight tops ready to be quilted; two of them are the small cobblestone quilts and then there's the solid one.  I took two to the LA last week (Black, White, and a Shot of Red; and Stars and Stripes) so that makes 10 tops - quite an inventory!

These were all pieced this year except the second from the bottom.

That's it for now, have a great Wednesday.  I plan to do a tutorial on the Three-Six-Twelve quilt, possibly tomorrow.  Sew forth and sew on!


  1. I was hoping you would share the pattern - looks like a great scrap buster as well as charity quilt pattern. Rainy days are great days for sleep in and for afternoon naps.

  2. I can't wait to see your tutorial! That alien fabric was cute... It offers good color opportunity.

  3. Wow that's fantastic! You're really MOVIN'! I'll be looking for your tutorial. Gives me inspiration to get back in my stash and get to work! :)


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