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!

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  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 :)

  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 :)

  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...

  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!

  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.

  6. Great blocks! I love the colours!

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

  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!

  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

  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.

  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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