Friday, September 5, 2014

Short week

Hello everyone! How was your week? I love and hate short weeks. I love them because, hello, an extra day off. I hate them because all the work has to be compressed into fewer days. And there's never less work!

This week had a couple of finishes. No finished quilts, but I finished two sections (8 blocks) of the Ocean Waves quilt.


 I almost always construct quilts in sections rather than trying to put it together row by row, which is boring and unwieldy. It's going really fast. I did have all the units already made, so that helped a lot. Here's a tip if you're making this quilt yourself--don't cut down the pieced 9 patches before you cut them in half to make the triangles unless you're a perfect piecer. I'm finding that I wish I had a little extra wiggle room when putting the final blocks together. Plus, they have to be trimmed at the end anyway, so why trim twice?

I also finished two more blocks for RSC14:


Man, orange and white is a really happy combination! They would make a really great quilt all on their own, because I don't have enough projects already. But I'm putting it on the spreadsheet!

The last thing I finished was one test block for the Burgoyne Surrounded quilt:

Wind was bowing this out! Not actually curved!

In theory, all solid scraps work together, but I needed to try it in fabric to be sure. I think it worked! I did pull out all of the darkest purples, the navy, and the red scraps. I thought they were distracting. I'm using this book, that I got from the library, for basic directions:


I don't know why I thought for so long that this was a very complicated quilt. It's just squares and rectangles. These are 15 inch blocks, and 16 of them will make an 85 by 85 quilt, with sashings and a small border. So only 14 more to go!

While I was out taking pictures for this post, I ran into a friend:


I can't believe he sat there and let me take his picture!

Finally, my post on Monday was my 50th post! I promised myself I would assess how it was going after 50 posts. I think it's going okay, don't you? I think I'll keep going for a while. Thanks to all who have stopped by so far! I think we may have to have a small giveaway on Tuesday to celebrate. Hmmm. . .

That's it for me this week! I think it was successful, even though my floor is covered with all kinds of colorful confetti. Those solids are very thready. Everyone have a great weekend!

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9 comments:

  1. Congrats on post #50!

    That ocean waves is so pretty!

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  2. Yay! 50 posts is wonderful. Absolutely - keep going!

    The Burgoyne quilt is going to be so pretty. It is funny when I looked at the quilt as a whole, it became intimidating. But when you do it block by block, it doesn't seem so bad. This will be really pretty.

    I just finished my orange block for RSC14 and its only ok. Maybe because I am not a huge fan of orange and didn't have tons of scrap for this one.

    Enjoy your weekend Mari.

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  3. Great job on your piecing in your blocks, and I too love the orange and white blocks. Also congrats on your 50th post.

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  4. Way to go on 50 posts! Loving the solids on Burgoyne Surround. Making something with just solids is definitely on my someday list. So many happy brights this week!

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  5. Of course we want you to keep posting. And by your third year, you'll appreciate your archive. :)

    Your orange HSTs will fit in beautifully. And I'm looking forward to you orange odd fellow.

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  6. The colours in your Bourgoyne surround are so soft. I can see why you would want to pull the dark purple, navy and red out.
    Congratulations on post 50!

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  7. Great tip on the block. I find myself in that situation a lot. You have some great projects going!

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  8. Wow Mari, many beautiful projects on the go, I just love your photographs.

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  9. Beautiful blocks.
    50 posts! You go girl!

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