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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Going "mid-string"

Three things to be happy about:
(1) mini muffins
(2) trying a new recipe
(3) a new idea

Remember this quilt?

This is what I was working on a year ago this month, it was so much fun pulling all the blocks together!

I'll have to do another one, but a wall hanging size this time.
I can't decide which blocks were my favorites; I really liked those little geese!

Right now though, I'm pulling my string quilt together, using "Going Mid-String" as a working title - do quilts really need a name??  Do you name your quilts, or do you just go "this is a blue split 9-patch, this is a scrappy monkey wrench..."  I dunno, I think a name is a good thing!   

I've been working on the strips for the border, then I sewed them into groups of  three to make 6-1/2 x 6-1/2" blocks.  They go together fast!  

After I stopped and did the math, I realized I had just about all I need... so I pushed the furniture aside and lay out the center...

The layout is asymmetrical and it took a few false starts before I figured out I needed to start with the center diamond and echo the sides, top and bottom - duh!

I corrected a boo-boo I didn't see at first - thank goodness for digital cameras!

The blocks are laid at 10 across and 12 down... this will be a pretty good sized quilt after the borders are added.

I wish I had goo-gobs of space in my sewing room upstairs!  If I want to see large pieces laid out all at once, I have to do it on the living room floor.   

I've started pinning the vertical rows together and I take them upstairs to the sewing room two rows at a time.  

Three vertical rows are sewn together so far, the first two were the hardest because it kept twisting!  Now they'll be a piece o cake to sew, I'm leaving the threads attached in between.

As I'm typing this post there's a blurb on the news that people are already lining up at the Best Buy store someplace for the Black Friday sales ... how stupid is that???  I remember a few months ago when Apple released a new updated version of iPhone, the new and improved, latest and greatest ... when they opened up the doors there was one guy standing in line.  He must have felt really foolish.

Well that's it for now, have a great Thursday... sew forth and sew on til later!


  1. Digital pictures are a great way to see your "oopsies" aren't they.

    I don't do lines for shopping. LOL. Yay for online shopping in my livingroom!

  2. I am so glad to see your Christmas quilt all together - so many interesting blocks that blend so well. I hate shopping anytime - I'm with Gene - on-line and delivered to the door!

  3. How lovely....nice to see your bAnner

  4. What a wonderful Christmas quilt! The geese are darling but I love the whole quilt. Great job! I'm really loving the asymmetrical setting for your string blocks.


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