Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Mystery time - now with triangles!

I squeezed in a bit of time at the studio this afternoon, so I grabbed my Mystery bits and followed Clue 3.  Some rather large (to me, anyway, but I'm all about the small stuff) triangles were called for, and naturally I had to play with them.

Why, yes, I did add a third color.  I seem to be adding a color with each clue.  (I'm starting to wonder how many clues there will be...)

And since there are now bars and HSTs in play in this mystery, I fiddled about with both parts.

I'm looking forward to Friday and the next clue!  And trying to decide what color to add in next - Purple?  Orange?
Maybe both?

Come check out Libby's Mystery Linky party and share in the fun!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

With just a touch of lime

Well, the RSC color for March is a springy limy green, so I dug up through my pile of green bits to see what I could come up.

First up is an Orts block.  (Go here for a link to the pattern and a peek at how I'm constructing these blocks.)

I keep having the best of intentions of making more than one of these blocks each month, but here it is March and I'm still at only one-per.  Though there's a fair bit of March left, so maybe it could happen.

Next up were my beloved Centennial stars.

I enjoy planning and making these blocks enough that I'm starting to stack up some 2 5/8" squares for the centers for future blocks.  (It's an awkward size, but apparently there's some magic math involved that I'm totally willing to accept.)  Any time I'm cutting a 3" strip for something, I lop off a 2 5/8" piece and square it up.  I'm a firm believer in multitasking when I've got a rotary cutter in hand.

Speaking of multitasking - I'm slowly but surely piling up bits for Totally Demented.  My supply of 2.5" squares is being raided for sewing triangles, plus I'm cutting more 2" HSTs to add to the ones I'd already been stockpiling for my flying geese blocks.

Those poor flying geese - I've been dreaming of a flying geese strippy quilt for the longest time, but I keep cannibalizing the parts for other projects.  Most of my finished geese blocks ended up in my Gwennie medallion quilts, so I made some more.  But most of those got sucked into Long Time Gone (aka Are We There Yet), so I had to start over again.  Now my triangles are getting drafted into yet another side project.

Someday my geese will come, but it doesn't look like it's going to be anytime soon...

Linking with SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday.  Come see all the limy goodness!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A little bit of mystery

With a free afternoon and no snow falling, I finally caught up with Libby's Mystery today.
It was an easy clue she gave us - just sew the rectangles together.
So I did.

And then, I had to play with them, of course.

And then, since I've never been one to leave well enough alone, I cut out some more pieces from another color.

And then I had even more things to play with.

Meanwhile, I was working on this.

Which, to my joy, became this -

Burgoyne is officially Surrounded.  I sincerely love this quilt (it looks even better in real life!), and I'm so grateful to Cathy for making hers and inspiring me to make my own.

Now I just need to think about a border.  I definitely want to run some neutrals around the outside edge, in order to float the whole thing.  It's just a question of if I want anything else.  You just know I want to make some fun fantastic pieced border that will be way more complicated than necessary, because that's what I do.
We'll see if I can restrain myself...

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Scrappy all over

I spent the afternoon in the studio today, putzing around with various projects.
First up, I got pieces cut for Libby's Mystery Quilt.  I picked out the red snowflake print for my light right off the bat, but couldn't decide whether to go with red, orange, or purple for the contrasting color.  So naturally I found a batik that included all those colors.  Win!

And I sewed the first row of Burgoyne blocks together, complete with sashing across the top.

I'm hoping if I get it all sewn together that it will forestall any efforts to make more blocks.  Though I think I might actually have to sew a border on in order to really make my heart accept that this quilt is big enough.

Though I might have stumbled on something that could help.  I found this quilt pattern online, see, and then I shared it with my friend  Cathy, who agreed with me that it's pretty phenomenal and phenomenally pretty.
It's here.  Go look and tell me that it isn't just screaming my name.
I've already got lots of triangles after all.

And the blocks are pretty simple to assemble.

And I only need 2048 HSTs.
For some silly reason, they named this quilt Garden Mosaic.
I don't know what Cathy is going to call hers, but I'm calling mine Totally Demented.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Squaring Away some purple bits

I squeezed in a bit more sewing time yesterday and finally got a Squared Away block for February's RSC SAL done.  I'm hoping to make a few more before I run out of month, both for the SAL itself and the fact that it's a fun block to make.  I stuck with just two colors for the first iteration, but I've got plans for throwing lots of purples into the next one.

This little Jacks block was made as a leader/ender while making the SA block. 

True confession - I found it already cut out and ready to go while I was shifting stuff around.   I'm not sure when I actually kitted it, but there's enough purple in it that I'm claiming it for February.  There were a couple more on the same plate, so apparently I'm now cutting blocks in my sleep.  Not dangerous at all, I'm sure.

And ta da!!!

That's Burgoyne Surrounded #20 - the final block!  (No, seriously.  I mean it this time.)  (Except for the problem I'm having with my fabric sorting/organizing project, where combinations keep landing next to each other that make me say "Oh, that would make a great Burgoyne!"...)  (I may have to make a second BS.)  (Help me, someone.)

All the Burgoynes are laid out and I've started stitching them together.  This is so exciting!
I've already started the dithering about borders!

Linking with SoScrappy for ScrapHappy Saturday.  Come see all the rainbow fun!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Purple at last!

Despite the near-constant interference of the universe lately, I finally finally finally got some sewing time in.
I snatched up some purples (purples!) and got right to work.  Well, play, actually.  Calling this work would be downright silly.

One purple Jacks-in-Sixes/Anvil/Hovering-Hawk/Charlie/Whatever block.   I love this purple circley fabric.

And I got another block done for Rags and Tatters (go here for the pattern - scroll down about 3/4 of the way down the page) which I'm calling "Orts" because same thing.
When I made the first block, I approached the center part like this -

Sally T wisely pointed out that what I really had was the unit we'd just learned to make for On Ringo Lake, with the square-2wingtriangles-bigtriangle.   (I've seen the unit called Cat's Cradle.  Much more succinct.)
Here's the block laid out the easy way.

Two four-patches and two cat's cradles is definitely the way to go.

Then just attach those crazy corner triangles and voila!

That picture is a bit brighter than real life, but purples gotta purp.

So, that's two.

And purple was so happy about finally getting some action that some polka dots turned up in Burgoyne #19 -

and there's even some purple in Burgoyne #20 (last of the Burgoynes, I swear this time)  (no, really) which is now in progress.

I'm linking with Linda at kokaquilts for Sew Stitch Snap SHARE.  Come see all the gorgeous projects!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

As if life wasn't complicated enough...

So, this happened the other day.

I tried gluing them, but (true to my usual experience with crazy glue) just ended up gluing my fingers together, and at one point had the frame of one piece glued to my thumb.  (I also ended up with glue in one eyebrow and I can't even begin to figure out how that happened.)
I finally gave up and asked my dad for help.  He held the parts together while I tried to squeeze some glue. 
"Just a drop," he kept saying - "Just a drop!
"Dad, I can't see it without my glasses..."

Unfortunately (but not unexpectedly), the repair was impossible, since the bridge piece is just too thin to hold together with glue.  I'm overdue for a new prescription, so I'll be off to the eye doctor, but the earliest appointment they had wasn't for a couple of weeks.

So, cheap Walmart readers to tide me over.  Far from perfect, but at least I can read a computer screen.  (I just have to remember to take them off when moving around - the vertigo gives me nausea.)
I'll probably take another stab at fixing my real glasses, now that I can actually see them again.  Some kind of splint across the bridge, to fasten the halves to...  Yeah, that could work...
Wish me luck!