Tic Tac Toe

July 2, 2015 in QUILTING

‘Tic Tac Toe’ quilt top is finished and it ended up being 58″ square. Can you see why it is called ‘Tic Tac Toe’? Look at each block and notice that for three of them the white squares in the four patch are in the center. When the center of the block is black squares the white loosely forms a circle. Squint or take your glasses off and look at the photo. Can you see the diagoonal white line starting at the upper right inner border white square to lower left. I know, sometimes I can be silly – but hey the ‘X’s’ won.

Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe

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Design Wall Wednesday 6.17.2015

June 17, 2015 in QUILTING

Since the last Design Wall Wednesday post, I have finished my ‘Americana’ quilt top and started another project.

Solids I have worked with these squares for awhile and came up with several layouts but none of them made me happy. SO – the blocks will go into a box until I find some inspiration.

Tic Tac Toe I am crossing my fingers that I get a chance to sew the borders on this weekend.

Scrappy Summer 2015 fabrics The photo shows some of the fabrics for my Scrappy Summer 2015. I loved what I did last year…okay maybe love isn’t the correct word for all of the cutting, starching and pressing I did on the 66 fat quarters I used. My idea was to work with one fabric collection and make several smaller quilts. Check out ‘My Quilts’ page to find the five quilts I made and here is a link to the first post.

 
When I started pondering doing a ‘Scrappy Summer 2015’ I looked thru my stash trying to decide what group of fabrics I wanted to use. I came across my Kaffee Fassett and Kaffee-like fabric collections. You would categorize them into two groups – stripes/plaids and big florals. The plaids and stripes really didn’t play well with the florals so those went back on the shelf. I was surprised how many fabrics I had since I am normally not a big print fan. I find them hard to work with because you aren’t quite sure what you get when you cut up them up. For my first design idea, I made myself a couple of rules. 1) no fussy cutting the squares and 2) just let go and not worry about the big prints (easier said then done).

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Design Wall Wednesday 5.13.2015

May 13, 2015 in GARDENING, QUILTING

Not much of progress in the studio this week on the WIP’s BUT I did start a couple more. I know, I should finish one before starting another one but when you are stuck and unsure what to do it is better to work on something else.

Bright Colors The blocks are sewn together into rows but I haven’t figured out what to do for borders. Do I add smaller four patch blocks on point using the colors? Do I do an insert strip piece? Decisions..decisions.

Americana The quilt center is done and looks great – very patriotic but I still need to figure out size of inner border. The pieced outer borders (triangles) are done so now I need to decide on the size of the inner border so that all of the pieces fit together.

Teal & Brown Teal and Brown Since I can’t figure out borders for the other quilts I decided to pull together some fabrics. Aren’t they great? Love the colors. I have made a bunch of block in a block units and trying to figure out layout.

Leaders & Enders 2015 Here is a sample of the recycled shirts I will be using for my 2015 Leaders & Enders quilt. Actually, I have 35 shirts (so far) ranging from light to dark in blue, green and brown. If you haven’t heard about ‘Leaders and Enders’ check out my previous post.

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Design Wall Wednesday – 4.22.2015

April 22, 2015 in QUILTING

Here is what I am working on.

Espresso Espresso – I now have seven sections with four diagonal rows per section. I need to spend some serious quality time putting the sections together to finish the quilt top. Why the rush you ask…well, the next quilt project needs to get on the design wall so that I can make some decisions.

Americana Americana – here are some of the border units. Still have bunches more to make. Using my ‘Companion Angle’ ruler by Darlene Zimmerman made it bit easier to sew these triangles together. It helped me match up the points of the triangles with the notched corner. Less worrying about dog ears and offsetting the triangle points.

Bright Colors I had prepared and cut the black/white/grey striped fabric that I wanted to use for the block sashing and started to sew them on when I realized that they where too big. Bummer. With some help from my best friend and quilting buddy, we decided on a smaller size. You wouldn’t think that a 1/2″ would make that big of a difference but it did.

Last week we had some beautiful warm days in the 70’s now the high is expected to be in the 40 and 50’s – what can I say – it’s Minnesota.

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Couldn’t wait to share

April 14, 2015 in QUILTING

I am working on my colorful four patch blocks and couldn’t wait to share them. Aren’t they gorgeous? VERY bright and VERY colorful. WOWZY!

Bright Colors

Bright Colors

Hard to believe but I had all those fabrics in my stash. Although, I must confess, the red solid I had was not dark enough so I went to Glads Creations and was able to purchased a replacement Kona solid that works much better.

This past weekend we had awesome weather. Warm and sunny. Did some garden cleanup and walked around to see what was growing. Here are some day lilies making an early appearance.

Day Lilies

Day Lilies

With the warm weather I was able to spend some time hanging out in my three season porch reading a bit, watching TV and working on a new idea for a quilt. I also watched some of Bonnie Hunter’s archived Quilt Cam while cutting up some recycled men’s shirts. If you aren’t familiar with Bonnie Hunter check her Quiltsville blog. Click on ‘QuiltCam’ at the top of the page to get to the list. She is not teaching anything but it is entertaining to see what she is working on.

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Design Wall Wednesday - 4.08.2015

April 8, 2015 in QUILTING

Here is what is currently on my design wall:

Espresso Espresso – all of the blocks are sewn into diagonal rows. Let me tell you that sewing on the diagonal makes for some long seams. Next step will be to start sewing them into pairs. I am so excited about this quilt – it is turning out great!

Red, white and blue Red, White and Blue – after looking at probably 2,000 ideas I finally decided on one. Okay, maybe not 2,000 maybe only 20 but still… you know how it is. After working on my initial idea I decided it just wasn’t right so I kept trying. I took the strip sets I had made and cut them diagonally both directions and made some of them into half square triangles.

Black & White Tic Tac Toe Here are some of the fabrics I will be using for my next project. It needs a pair of companion black and white fabric and lots of bright colors. In the photo I am auditioning three different fabrics combos to see which one works the best. I guess you can tell which set I decided on.

I was out in the garden this weekend and noticed that I have some columbine, irises and day lilies starting to grow. They are a bit early for Minnesota spring. Hopefully, we won’t have too many more really cold days. We have been known to have snow in May.

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