Friday, October 3, 2014

Fall Friday

Hello all, and welcome to October! Hard to believe, isn't it? There are a lot of leaves already on the ground, so there will be some raking this weekend. Not my favorite thing.

I am sorry to say that I did not finish the Burgoyne quilt this week. Or the Ocean Waves, either. I don't even have a good excuse except that it was starting to feel like work, and who wants that? I did have a lot of actual work to do this week, and that seriously cut into my sewing time. Doesn't everyone know that I have a few quilts to finish?  I'm disappointed that I didn't finish either quilt, but all the blocks are done and all the sashing parts ready. Here's a picture of that happy little pile:

Blocks among the leaves!
Don't they look friendly? This quilt would be MUCH further along if I had been able to strip piece everything. Since I was using squares, I kind of invented my own method of "strip" piecing:


These are the individual colored squares stitched to long strips of white. They kind of look like paint chips, don't they? After this picture I took them in and cut them apart then pieced them into 4-patches. It really made that chore go faster. Purists everywhere are having a heart attack over this, but it worked out well for me.

The only other thing I finished this week was an RSC14 block. October's color is brown, but I don't have brown. Okay, I have a little bit of brown, but nothing that I want in my quilt. Angela did say that black and even gray are also good for this month, so I pulled something out of the black scraps for the triangle quilt.


Mary Englebreit to the rescue! I think it looks okay and will look good in the quilt. It's as close as I can get to a "happy" black fabric. Now I'm really stuck, though, because I've got nothing else. Maybe I could find some black polka dots? How about a black and white print? I'll dig through and see what I can find this weekend. Otherwise I'll have to add it to the shopping list. I'm totally stuck for the Odd Fellow's blocks too.

I hope everyone has had a much more productive week in the sewing room and a less busy work week. Enjoy your weekend!

Linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict, crazy mom quilts, and SoScrappy. I do love looking at everyone's projects. Stop by and make some new friends!

11 comments:

  1. I think your strip piecing idea is genius. Whatever works, right!? I'm basically learning-to-quilt-as-I-go, and I'm only just beginning to try to use time-saving methods like chain piecing. I wish I knew all of the time-saving tips, because as of now, I'm a SLOW, sew a block, look at it, sew a block, look at it kind of quilter! haha

    Visiting from Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday :)

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  2. I use the same method of strips piecing sometimes, especially for scraps, and it works great! Looking forward to seeing that top quilt all together :)

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  3. I really love the colours in your Burgoyne quilt - look forward to seeing it when it's further along. Sometimes quilts just need time to sit...

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  4. Your strip piecing technique is new to you, but I've done it for years and so have many other quilters! I love your bright and colorful Burgoyne Surrounded block. It's going to be a wonderful quilt!

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  5. I have used that same strip piecing method. I just thought I was lazy! I am glad to know I am not the only one who uses unorthodox methods of quilting.

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  6. Great blocks! I love the colours!

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  7. I hate it when work gobbles up my sewing time. Hope you have a much calmer week going forward.

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  8. Why is it that every time we think we've come up with something new and time saving only to find someone has already done it? Glad to see to found a quick way to work the squares for your Bourgoyne quilt. The colours are so happy. It's going to be great. Brown is fun - think of it as chocolate, fudge, brownies....delicious!

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  9. Your blocks are jaw-dropping beautiful. They are so colorful and bright like a ray of sunshine. Your quilt will be a treasure to behold!
    jane in KS

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  10. Thanks for the great idea for strip piecing for 4-patches. I think it's a brilliant way of chain piecing when using scraps.

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  11. Give the browns and dark tan's a try - they will look lovely in that block with white. Holler if you need some =)

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