Thursday, March 16, 2017

Houston, we have a problem

So, way back here, I showed you some Stack ‘n Whack blocks.  I finished the blocks themselves and started to put them together in an on-point layout.

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Thinking I was about half way done, I pinned it to the wall to see how it looked.  Uh oh.  Let’s take a closer look:

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Alrighty then.  A little basic geometry reveals the problem (if not a solution yet).  These blocks are rectangular instead of square.  Thus, the angle is not 45 degrees, which is the basis of the typical on-point quilt.  Well, I never could do math in my head!

So, I will be spending some quality time with my seam ripper and then take another look at layout options.  I do like how the background forms those diamonds, so I think I’ll start there.  Stay tuned for the next installment of Life with the Mathematically Challenged!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

POTC update

POTC = Patchwork of the Cross (see my original post here.)  There has been progress.  I now have nine blocks complete.

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These make great portable projects or for watching TV.  I have a small box full of pre-cut fabric and I can baste them to the papers in no time.  Some require fussy cutting, but use of a glue stick speeds that process up, too.

However, this project has been placed on hold for the time being.  Why?  Because of this:

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This is one of the blocks for “Paisley Parade” by Of One Mind and the embroidery stitch is called ‘twilling.’  For the seasoned embroiderist, it is also known as ‘palestrina stitch.’  I took a class in November and saw the pattern in their shop and had to have it!

So far I have six blocks completed – out of 12, so six more to go.  There’s sashing and filler blocks so it will take awhile to have a complete quilt top.  Here is what I have so far:

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I love paisley!  And I’m finding this stitch to be almost meditative.  And even more portable than POTC.  On a recent road trip, I could stitch as long as there was daylight – or when I was not required to read road signs.  I’m the designated navigator, so it’s always my fault if we go wrong . . . always.  But that’s a story for another time perhaps.

And while I’m working on Paisley, I can decide how large I want to make POTC.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Evening Star

This is the cover of the January issue of American Quilter.  I just love this combination of flying geese and star burst.

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I don’t usually make a magazine pattern until long after the magazine comes out.  I will (sometimes) flag the page and (usually) forget all about it until (nearly always) several years later.  But this one is just too pretty to forget – especially when I played around with color changes in Electric Quilt.

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I love how it came out and I think it is prettier than the magazine version – if I do say so myself.  It’s about 47 inches square, so I could quilt it on my home machine.  For now, though, I’m enjoying the view while I consider quilting options.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A very long week?

My, it’s certainly been quiet on this blog, hasn’t it?  The last time I posted – TWO MONTHS AGO! – I promised a look at my quilt on the longarm.  Now that it has been quilted, bound, and showed at guild meeting, here you go!

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As you might guess, I have lots of other things to show you.  Two months translates into a lot of sewing and crafting!  But, rather than load your computer (and patience) by trying to give it to you all at once, I plan to do a bunch of shorter posts.  Hopefully, by the time we are all caught up, I will have slipped back into the blogging habit.

We shall see, shan’t we?