Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Almost there!

Hi all! We have definitely taken a turn toward fall here. It flirted with freezing this weekend, but I don't think we actually made it to that marker. It was rainy and cold outside all weekend, and there were apparently a great many very important college football games, because that's what was on our TV constantly. Can you guess what I was doing instead?

Well, I was working on this quilt, which I will definitely finish this week:

That's one section of Burgoyne Surrounded. Doesn't it look good? There are 4 sections, and they are going together quickly. The main thing I have to do now is figure out the border. The border is pieced to finish the trails in the blocks and involves "partial" 9 patches. A little weird, but it shouldn't be hard. I love how they look together here, but can I just say that Kona cottons, while they come in a lot of colors and are very pretty, are so thready that I just don't want to use them again? Seriously, these pieces lost threads everywhere. It's not that bad when you mix one solid with prints, but all of these solids together are like a thread bomb. Can't they just charge a tiny bit more per yard--like 25 cents or so-- and use better fabric? 

[Deep sigh.]

One of the other things I did this weekend was go fabric shopping. It was great. There is so much pretty stuff out there right now. I got this small pack of Elementary fabric by Moda:

It's so pretty! No idea what I'm going to do with it, but I think one of those browns could just become an Odd Fellow's block. And I usually don't like text prints, but I love these. Either one would be a great backing, too. I'm going to have to go back and get some yardage before it's gone.

I found some gray fabric for the paper pieced projects, too.

Not a lot of choices beyond the solids, but they'll make a nice squirrel and raccoon. I only got the small pieces because I know it will be hard for me to use them up.

Speaking of those paper-pieced projects, here is the fabric I pulled out for the Halloween one:

I can't wait to start working on this one, just as soon as Burgoyne is finished. And look what scraps I found for the RSC:

I was so worried that I wouldn't have anything to use this month, but I'm almost there! There is just enough of the gray leaves on black for an Odd Fellow, and the colored dots will be enough to make a 9-patch.

On a completely different topic, Vicki Welsh is hosting a Drunkard's Path quilt-along on her blog. I may be crazy, but I'm thinking of quilting along. Drunkard's Path is another one of those that has been on my list for a long time. I'll be thinking hard about it while I finish Burgoyne. [On a side note, would anyone out there in blogland be willing to point me towards directions for putting those buttons and such on the sidebar? I need directions for non-technical types. Thanks!]

So that's what I'll be doing this week! It's midterm here also, so there's a lot of "real" work to be done too. And it's our anniversary Thursday, so we'll work in some time for a small celebration, too. Should be fun!

Linking to Linky Tuesday, Fabric Tuesday, WIP Wednesday, and Let's Bee Social. Happy sewing!


Terri said...

First go to the button you want. Highlight and copy the encryption below it. Then go to your layout page, click on gadget and another screen will pop up. Scan down the listed gadgets looking for the one that says something about third party and HTML. Click on that. Fill in the blanks, paste in the copied material. Hit Save. It should now show up on your layout - hit save on this page, too. Now you can move it to another place on your sidebar.
Hope I remembered it all. Good Luck.

Leanne said...

I love the colors on the burgoyne (?) quilt! FESTIVE!!! I can't believe how much you get done everyday! Do you have more hours in your day than I do? ;-)

Happy Anniversary too!

Leanne said...

that last comment was from me. I just learned how to not be "unknown"...just a little slow.. :-)

Lorna McMahon said...

Your Burgoyne Surrounded is coming along beautifully, Mari! Those solids sure make a statement! Your Elementary from Moda is such a pretty pile, too. Love the aqua and brown together.

Marian-Lady Face said...

I LOOOOOOVE the colors in your first project! That's going to be such a gorgeous quilt, what a happy project to work on!

Stephie said...

Love your solids quilt top - such a great pattern! Agree about the Kona - quite a loose weave and threads everywhere :/

Anonymous said...

As always, you have a lot going on! The Burgoyne quilt is really looking good. I am anxious to see the whole quilt top. I love text prints for backings. Your choices are very cool. Threads? Yes, I totally agree about the Kona solids. It is pretty irritating.