Thursday, October 30, 2014

Drunkard's Path QAL - Post 4 (the Flimsy)

And then there were 63 blocks on the design wall!

(I cut these out using my Sizzix die cutter 
and Accuquilt's 7" finished DP die -

I trimmed the blocks to 7" square
before stitching things together.

This is the flimsy center all pieced and pressed.

Because I trimmed the blocks smaller,
this top really needed outer borders . . .

I've had this wonderful blue fabric for at least five years.

I finally stopped saving it and USED it!


Here's a detail photo that shows some of the fabrics.

I am very, VERY happy with this flimsy!

The back was pieced using another long-term resident of the stash.

Same fabrics, different setting on the camera . . .

The first photo's colors feel rather neon.

The second photo's colors are muddy and dull.

The real color of that chair fabric's background is somewhere in between!

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So what have I named this one?

Deep Breathing

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Thanks, Vicki, for hosting this DP QAL!

It's been fun, but I'm going to stop at two projects . . .

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Linking up with the others who are participating in Vicki's DP QAL.

CLICK HERE to see what they've been up to this week.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Choose Your Own BlockAlong - Post 4 (Leaf Peeping - The Flimsy)


Leaf Peeping

The flimsy measures 56" wide x 68" long.

I love it!

(the flimsy's backstory links are HERE)

Vintage quilt inspiration . . .

My scrappy interpretation . . .

More vintage inspiration . . .

A different perspective on my interpretation.

I joined all those 1.25" red strips end to end, 
and used them without considering where the seams fell.

See the joint on the left side of the cornerstone?

I had used the same approach with the long skinny darks.

You can see two joining seams above -
one in each segment adjacent to the cornerstone.

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And then I took the flimsy outdoors . . . 

Late October late afternoon sunshine.
(with a breeze that helpfully scattered some oak leaves for me)

Backing tucked under one corner.

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Linking up with the Choose Your Own Block-Along at Live a Colorful Life.

Hope you'll go see what the others are working on . . .


p.s.  I'll be back on Thursday with what I hope will be another flimsy!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Scrappy Saturday - Brown No. 4

Here are the brown blocks for my Happy Happy Joy Joy project.

Seeing these on the design wall,
I couldn't help but think about Susan's recent post!

Here's a close up that shows more fabric details . . .

Here are my four 'blueberry filled chocolate' snowballs
in context with some other colors and the nine patches.

When it comes time to lay out this quilt top,
I may go back and make new snowballs
using some of the leftover strata  . . .

I really like these, but I'm concerned they may be too dominant.

Time will tell!

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Overall, I'm very happy with the way 
my browns worked out -- despite my early misgivings!

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Linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Click HERE to see how the others are winding up this month of browns.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Drunkard's Path - Post 3

64 blocks sorted and ready to stitch . . . 

I was going to use this idea 
using an 8 x 8 layout for a kitchen table topper.

The first four rows on the design wall made me want to stop right there.

It was so bad I didn't even take a picture before I pulled the blocks down.

This plan, however, makes me want to keep going.

Instead of an 8 x 8 table topper, 
I'm going with a 7 x 9 lap quilt instead.

MUCH better plan!

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Linking up with the others in Vicki's DP QAL.

CLICK HERE to see what they're working on.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Decision Made . . .

I'm blaming all this on the colors . . . 

The pinks and greens . . .

The turquoises/blues and yellows . . . 

THEY are what pulled me in!

(in case you don't know what I'm referring to, click HERE)

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Since that post, I've put the yardage back on the shelf.

I've sorted through my strings and the resource boxes.

I found that delicious pink print hiding in my stash.
(It, and maybe the bicycles, will be perfect for backing)

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As you might have guessed,
I have decided to watch the mystery business from afar.

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Instead . . . I'm going to play with STRINGS!!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Very Special Project

Needed to make a small quilt . . .strings to the rescue!

It didn't take very long to piece
these nine 10.5" string blocks.

A 36" square of fusible batting and a yard of backing 
allowed me to prepare the quilt sandwich.

Following the seams with not-quite-in-the-ditch
walking foot stitching was just right.

Here is the finished and bound front . . .

. . . with a peek at the scrappy fabrics.

This photo of the back actually shows the quilting more clearly.

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So why did I need to whip up this happy little quilt?

Because . . .

Our older son and his wife have adopted Darcy!
(she's a smart, sweet 7-month-old 8-pound rescue puppy)

When their beloved Tippy (age 18)
 traveled across The Bridge last summer,
she took her quilt with her.

That meant Darcy needed a quilt to call her own!

(Yes, she has Yorkie fur and very expressive Papillon ears)

Darcy makes friends everywhere she goes.

She met Scooter on a walk in her neighborhood.
 (he's the same age but weighs 55 pounds to her 8 pounds) 

The two puppies spent 25 minutes romping and playing together.

I've seen the video - it was awesome!

The quilt has now been tested and approved.

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Welcome to the family, Darcy!