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Totally scrappy

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Last week’s challenge to myself was to sew together 1200 little 1.5” scrap squares together without obsessing about colour placement.  It was hard work (you know I’m a matchy-matchy quilter) but I’m almost done.  They have been wrestled down into 120 strips of 10 patches without my giving in to the urge to lay 1200 squares out on the design wall first.  Seriously, I think the totally impracticality of that option is the only thing that held me back.Without further ado, here’s the first block of 100 patches:There are 11 more to go.  The plan is to frame them in a neutral colour and put them all together with some sort of pieced sashing, maybe a garden maze sashing.  I haven’t decided yet what colours I will work with for the sashing.  I’m waiting to finish the blocks and see if there are one or two colours that would tie them all together.When all the blocks are done I think there will be at least one piece of fabric from every quilt I have made since I started my first quilt in 2000, …

Table runner?

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I did finish the gift table runner I posted a picture of last month.  I’m afraid it didn’t get mailed promptly as I tried to figure out how to take a good picture of it first for a pattern cover.  Oops!  It is now on its way however, and I did have fun tossing it over various things in the garden to take pictures.  Not one of those things was a table, but I assure you this piece is a table runner!How do you like the back?  I was very proud to squeeze almost every bit of fabric out of my six fat quarters to make this runner.  The scraps left over from making the top and extra strip set from the piano key border went into the back without a lot of bother.  So besides the 6 fat quarters that I bought on sale, I only needed to add 3/4 yard of fabric from my stash for the background, the inner border and the binding.I’m hoping to offer this pattern for sale in my Craftsy shop by this weekend.  I just have to wait for my trusty proofreader to get home from work.  Hubby is not a quilter but …

Hand quilting again

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A couple of evenings ago I was moping around, feeling I would really like to have some handwork to do and wasn’t it too bad I actually had to make the binding for Clear Skies before I could sit quietly and hand stitch it to the quilt.  It took me a while to hear the Canada Quilt hollering at me from upstairs: “What am I, chopped liver?”  Nope!  It qualifies as handwork!It has been sitting untouched in the work basket in the living room since May when the weather got too hot for me to want to sit with a quilt in my lap. However, evenings have turned unseasonably cool here this week.  I’m sure it won’t last, but as long as it does I’m happy to be able to sit and hand quilt in the evening without overheating.Taking a break from the quilt turned out to be a good thing, despite delaying the finish. Back in May I was trying to catch up from the quilting time I missed due to tendonitis, and though I wasn’t 100% happy with some of my quilting designs I had “finish” on the brain and kept quilt…

Just needs the binding

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Kyoto Gardens is quilted! We’ve been eating out on the deck quite a bit this week as I had the sewing machine set up on the kitchen table to quilt. Happily the weather cooperated so I didn’t have to put everything away at every meal and lose too much momentum.  I was determined to get this done finally!I’ll be adding a scrappy blue binding to finish it but since it is a bit warm still to want a quilt sitting in my lap as I stitch the binding to the back, I’m not feeling a great sense of urgency.  In another month or so it will cool down enough in he evenings and I’ll get to it then.I’m pleased with how the quilting turned out.  I spent a lot of time pondering how to quilt this, thinking it really needed some free motion quilting, then feeling a little disappointed when I conceded I wouldn’t manage that to my satisfaction.  I finally gave myself a good talking to and decided to “think outside the ditch”.  Even though I was quilting with the walking foot didn’t mean I was limited to sti…

Writing patterns

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Over the last couple of weeks I took a detour from sewing to write up a pattern for Jelly Bean Stars.  After much proofreading (thank you to my hubby for spotting the diagrams I had drawn backwards!) it is now available to purchase as a file download in my Craftsy shop. Payhip shop (updated Jan 12, 2015)

This is the sixth pattern I have written and yet again, the part that took me the longest was determining fabric requirements and deciding how to give instructions for cutting. I looked at other patterns for inspiration and tried to determine what I liked or didn’t like, or would like to see done differently.  I like the format I came up with but I’d like to pick your brains about what you like in a pattern, if I may.

First question: How do you feel about charts or tables?  My science background likes them.  Everything is neatly and concisely organized.  For example, for this block I like the table below.  For a block where I have to sub-cut units after the first cut, I might have two…