Friday, October 21, 2016

Grandma has all her blocks

Hi everyone, and welcome to the politics-free part of the Internet.  It's nice here, isn't it?  So many nice people, so many pretty things to look at, and no name-calling.  Ahhh.

This week I managed to finish up the last 6 Grandma's blocks for one of my RSC16 projects!  Here are last month's:

Maroon and red, plus a deep gold.  I think this would be a great color scheme for an entire quilt, especially if you're a Harry Potter fan.  Here are the ones for October:

Sunny yellow and orange!  That gives a lot of life to any quilt.

Now that the blocks are done, you know what I had to do:

Yep, play with the block layout!  This was the most fun I had all week.  I think it's possible that this is the final layout, but I might play with it some more.  That one lighter green one bothers me a little bit, but I think I'll keep it. In the actual quilt it will blend right in, even if it looks like a hole in the quilt in pictures.

So now I need to figure out some border options.  Any ideas?  I'm thinking maybe piano keys, but there is also my recent "modern" favorite of just a small, clean border, maybe with a colorful strip in between two lighter layers.  I guess I'll have to play some more. Won't that be awful?

Doesn't this look peaceful?  Ahhh. . .

Hope everyone has a great weekend.  I had a lot of stress this week, so I'm hoping to relax a bit this weekend.  Next week the asphalt guys are coming to fix the driveway, which won't be stressful at all, I'm sure, and the kitchen guys are also coming back.  Piece of cake, right?

Sharing at Finished or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and soscrappy for RSC16.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A flurry of triangles

Hi everyone, and welcome to the hottest day of fall!  It's supposed to be fall, but right now its something like 77 degrees and the next few days are going to be even warmer.  And here I was just starting to anticipate cooler temperatures and looking forward to the first freeze.  So much for that for now.  Plus it wasn't 77 degrees when I got dressed this morning, so, you know, overly warm all day. 

Since it's not going to be cold around here any time soon, I've been creating my own "flurry" of sorts with hsts:

That, my friends, is 84 4-1/2 inch half-square triangles.  Yes, that many!  They took forever! I am participating in the Autumn Abundance blog hop next week with some friends and these are for my hop project.  (The hop is being hosted by Bernie at Needle and Foot, so be sure to check in with her starting next Monday. Or today, if you want!)

I used the Magic 8 method to make most (80) of these hsts.  I confess that I've always used other methods, and I never used to make hsts larger and cut them down, but now I do both of those things.  To make the hsts using the Magic 8 method, I cut 10-inch squares, stitched, and then trimmed them to the correct size.  What is happening to me? Combine that with the golden background fabric and there is definitely something going on!

Remember the 4-patches I made last week with these same fabrics? (I guess this is a good place to say that these fabrics are from the Into the Woods line from Paintbrush Studio, the sponsors of this blog hop.)

Well, I am combining those with the hsts to make blocks.  Here's a sneak peek:

Can you guess the pattern for this quilt? It's going to be lovely, and maybe by next week it will feel like the fabrics belong in our current weather.  Looking at the forecast, it's not looking good.  But at least the quilt will be pretty!  

(Why do those units look wonky?  I promise that they're not!)

Hope you're all having a lovely week with lots of temperate weather.  Is it weird that I kind of want it to be cold enough to wrap up in this quilt?  My day for the hop is next Tuesday, and there will be a bunch of giveaways, too, so I hope to see you back here then!

Sharing at Linky Tuesday and Let's Bee Social!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Our regularly-scheduled program

Hi everyone!  Does anybody besides me remember when TV announcers would break in to a show in progress with "this is a special report," which was always bad news, and when the report was over they would say something like "we now return to our regularly-scheduled program?"  No, just me?  Really?

Anyway, that's how I'm finally feeling right about now--back to something approaching normalcy.  Almost all of the boxes are unpacked, many rooms are painted, a couple of closets have been painted and converted to more useful configurations (the most thankless jobs in home ownership), and I'm finally having some time to sew or at least play with some fabrics.

As I unpacked boxes, I came across a bunch of projects that I had started more than a year ago, many of which I had forgotten about.  Remember these?

String blocks!  I think it's time to use these babies, so how about if I combine them with some new fabric I have?  Well, I tried it and got these:

I know, that fabric is gray.  Yikes!  But it looks really good with the strings, even with the dark blue ones, so I'm sticking with it.  I feel like there must be something wrong with me or something, because I'm also contemplating a completely different gray for another project.  What is happening?

One other thing I've been working on is for the blog hop I'm in with some friends, coming up at the end of this month.  I already showed off the fabric and I've started making 4-patches for the project:

I generally dislike 4-patches, but these are fun.  That curry yellow is the background color for the whole quilt.  Yes, really!  There is definitely something going on with me, because I don't know where these color combinations are coming from.  

Hope you're having a fun week!  I'm hoping to have more "regularly scheduled programming" now that we're a bit more settled.  Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!  (That's for the nerdy people like me who were hooked pretty early!)

Sharing at Let's Bee Social, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or not Friday, and soscrappy for RSC16.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Intricate Stitches--Orange renewal

Hi everyone!  Today is the last block for the Intricate Stitches quilt!  The color for the month is orange and yellow, like a sunrise.  I decided to go with the orange end of that spectrum and used blue as an accent color.  Not really sure about these colors because the hubs took one look and said "oh, early Miami Dolphins," but I like the way the block turned out. Besides being the last of the 12-inch blocks for this quilt, this is the first stitching from my new sewing room.  Yay!

Here is this month's beauty of a block:

This is Flying Shuttles, a Nancy Cabot block from 1937.  It's number 1699 in Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia, and this is something of a magic block because it is much easier than it appears.  There are only 2 units to make for this block and the arrangement of those units is what gives it an intricate look.  It's not that hard to make, though, so let's get to it!


You will need two colors plus a background for this block.  As always, I used plain white Kona cotton for my background, plus a bright, happy orange and a cooler blue.

From the orange, cut:

     3 3-3/8 inch squares
     6 2-7/8 inch squares (can oversize)

From the blue, cut:

      12 2-1/2 inch squares

From the background, cut:

      12 2-7/8 inch squares (can oversize 6 of these)


First, use the 6 orange 2-7/8 inch squares and 6 of the background 2-7/8 inch squares to make 12 orange/white half square triangles.  These should measure 2-1/2 inches to finish at 2 inches in the block.

Next, cut the remaining white 2-7/8 inch squares in half from corner to corner.  Use these triangles and the 3 3-3/8 inch orange squares to make 3 square in a square units by adding the triangles to the squares as shown:

These units should measure 4-1/2 inches to finish at 4 inches in the block.

Take the hsts and the blue squares and arrange them as shown:

Make 6 of these little 4-patch squares.  These should measure 4-1/2 inches to finish at 4 inches in the block.

Amazingly, that's it!  The block is now ready to assemble!  (I told you it was magic.)


Arrange the 6  4-patch sub-blocks and the square in a square units as shown, paying careful attention to the orientation of the triangles in the smaller block units:

Once they're arranged, join the units into rows and the rows into a final block.  Give it a good press, stand back, and admire!

This is the last of the 12-inch blocks for the Intricate Stitches quilt.  If you want to, you can stop here and arrange your blocks, add some sashing, and have a lovely lap quilt.  I've chosen to make a medallion for the center of my quilt, and I'll have instructions for that next month.  (Just wait until you see the awesome medallion block!)

All of my Intricate Stitches blocks so far.  Just waiting for the center!

Enjoy making up this last block, and I'll see you back here on November 8th (good golly, really?) for the medallion instructions.  Happy stitching!

Sharing at Linky Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, and soscrappy for RSC16.