Getting it Done wrap up

I really want to get done in March:

1) Buy and prepare fabric for Ducky quilt and tropical friendship quilt. Done!

2) Cut frame pieces. Done!

3) Quilt first frame. Done!

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4) Assemble first block of Tropical Garden Friendship quilt (new project, more to come later) Done, photos to come!

Things I seriously hope to get done:

1) Prepare binding for Ducky quilt. Not done.

2) Attach first frame for Ducky quilt. Done!

3) Quilt second frame side. Done!

4) Mend utility quilt. Done, but now I washed it and because it is so fragile, it needs to be mended again. (Sigh)

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Not bad for this month!  I am excited that I technically finished seven out eight!

I am posting one day early due to Easter.  I will be serving at Easter breakfast tomorrow so I will be very busy.  So, I pass one more thing on to you:

He is risen! Alleluia!

Published in: on March 30, 2013 at 7:07 am  Leave a Comment  
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quick cut away heart block

I needed to put together a quick block so I reverted to a block I made for the Valentine’s Quilt.

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First, I put together a patchwork section that is bigger than my heart template.  Then I sewed around the template.

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Here’s the back.

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Then, I cut away the top, revealing the patchwork.

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Then, I satin stitched around the edge. I forgot, but if you make one, do your straight stitch basting really tight and then pull away your paper at that juncture.  As you can see, I have some paper tweezing to do.  In any case, done is done.

And just because it makes me so happy:

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Yes, a tiny bit of Brooks family made spring.  These are Eliott’s tiny tomatoes and watermelons.  I am so excited for spring!

Published in: on March 24, 2013 at 8:32 am  Comments (2)  
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busy

I have been super productive this week, or perhaps some projects that I have slowly incrementally been working on have come to a point where they are interesting to look at.

I am super glad to announce:  I finished mending the utility quilt!  It has been on my Get it done list for three months. This quilt was given to me by my uncle.  The quilt is special because was made by my grandmother.  It was beat up when we got it, and we used it hard. I can see on this quilt the incremental improvement of my sewing skills because I have mended it several times over the years.  I have two reasons for mending it so much: that my grandmother made it and that the back still is in one piece.

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We got our tax money last week so I altered one of the two pairs of jeans I bought at Savers.  My singular pair of jeans that I have had for umpteen years were getting worn.  I am not much of a jean wearer, but people start to look at you strange at work if you don’t wear denim on casual Friday. Each pair was five dollars.  I love the dark indigo color. I liked how they fit me around the top, but the legs were too wide.  I am not a boot cut girl, having grown up in the eighties.  So I tightened the legs and they are much more form-fitting.  (By the way, if you want to see my video on how to do this it is: how to narrow jeans on you tube). I still need to hem them up one more time.

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I also finished  quilting the first frame of the ducky quilt.  Hopefully, I will get it attached to the quilt today. Here is a close up of the flowers I quilted.  This is the back. Unfortunately, it is a little hard to see.

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I also met with my friend, Veronica, and we began actual work (not planning or shopping) on our Caribbean Friendship Quilt.  Right now, I am working on two group projects, (one is a secret surprise).  This is a new way for me to work so I am hoping I learn a lot about my process.  Below is a build up of the first applique (not complete) of a purple tropical flower.  For this block we used a technique I learned from Sewing with Nancy on PBS.  It is from the fusible Art quilt series.  You put fusible web on the back of your fabric, peel the release paper. Cut each piece of the design and reassemble on the release paper ironing as the applique is layered.  The applique can then be peeled away as a unit.

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Here is our inspiration from Andre Gunther photography:

Blue Flowe - Maui - Hawaii

I think we have good start and I’m excited to work on it.  I think it will be more like a quilt of tiny quilts, each very detailed but joined together.

Wow! A lot going on.

 

ducky

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There’s a writing saying that what ever your  favorite part of the story is you should take it out.  Such is this quilt: completely built around this idea of the ducky and despite my best intention the ducky doesn’t fit anywhere.  Alas, poor ducky, you are resigned to the back of the quilt.  You didn’t make the cut.  Next time try to kick harder, practice harder. You’ll be a star!

Published in: on March 10, 2013 at 9:59 am  Comments (4)  
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what do you do when you are waiting to buy fabric

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I am waiting to go get fabric with my friend today.  I am really excited to go with someone who is not just going as a favor to me, but rather is excited to go the fabric store.  Plus, there is a giant sale at Joanne’s.  Please don’t go, I hate crowds.

So yesterday I didn’t have any special intention.  So I spent a weekend kind of shuffling around.  I helped other people do their things, watched too much Raising Hope past episodes on Netflix and sorting leader enders.

Published in: on March 3, 2013 at 8:51 am  Comments (2)  
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Get it done! March goals

I really want to get done in March:

1) Buy and prepare fabric for Ducky quilt and tropical friendship quilt.

2) Cut frame pieces.

3) Quilt first frame.

4) Assemble first block of Tropical Garden Friendship quilt (new project, more to come later)

Things I seriously hope to get done:

1) Prepare binding for Ducky quilt.

2) Attach first frame for Ducky quilt.

3) Quilt second frame side.

4) Mend utility quilt.

Published in: on March 1, 2013 at 6:31 am  Leave a Comment  
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