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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Quiltdivajulie said...

Congrats on post #50!

That ocean waves is so pretty!

Anonymous said...

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.

Teri said...

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

scraphappy said...

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!

Sally T said...

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.

Nell's Quilts said...

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!

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

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

Edith said...

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

Sheila said...

Beautiful blocks.
50 posts! You go girl!