Postage Stamp Quilt Along – Step One

I finished the stripwork just in time this morning, even though I had to quick cut and sew an extra fat-quarter-size set. Go figure, randomly slicing into yardage and fat quarters without planning isn’t always the best way to do things!
 I’ve added a couple new fabrics, mostly playing up the greens and aquas.
My strips include:
Bloom & Grow (My Mind’s Eye/Riley Blake)
L’Amour and/or Candy Kisses (Sandy Gervais/Moda)
Whimsy (Fig Tree/Moda)
Hunky Dory (Chez Moi/Moda)
Oz (Sanae/Moda)
Love Letters (Sharyn Sowell/Clothworks)
Simplicity (3 Sisters/Moda)
Time to get moving on the patchwork! In between sewing sashing on those t-shirts…

Design Wall Monday – Week 3

The design wall is not thrilling this week – at least, not to me. An Alpha Phi might like it.
I’m off to get non-woven interfacing and sashing – the sorority colors are silver and Bordeaux. I think I’m going to use silver for the sashing and Bordeaux for the border. Or maybe as cornerstones in the sashing, too. I need to do my math first.
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Sunday Stash Report – Week 3

This week was the OKC quilt show. So… Well, let’s just get right to it.
I can’t believe I missed this line! The only thing I love more than fabric is shoes. And words. But that’s a whole ‘nother thing.
Near as I can figure, it’s from 2008, which means hunting down more yardage and precuts will be hard…but also on sale!
I think with this line, and my love of Lollipop, Frolic, Crazy 8, Merry & Bright… I’m going to go ahead and declare Sandy Gervais my favorite designer EVAH.
Robert Kaufman Mon Sheri fat quarters. Why? I don’t know. They were pretty.
Fat quarters, I think some/most are Riley Blake Sweet Divinity. Why? I don’t know. They were pretty.
 Eleven fat quarters, because it was buy 10, get 1 free. About half are for my Sliced Coin Quilt for my nephew. The other half… I don’t know. They were pretty.
I also grabbed two fat quarters for the Postage Stamp Quilt, even though I swore I was going to do that entirely from stash. I think the green is Oz by Sanae; I have no idea what the cream is.
Two panels. Mickey because, well, Disney is right there with fabric and shoes and words. My kitchen is will eventually be done in coffee fabrics.
On the sewing front, I quilted Cinderella (but that’s already counted) and sewed strips for the Postage Stamp (but that can’t be counted till it’s done.) 
So let’s just get to the painful part of this.
Used this Week: 0
Used Year to Date:8.25
Added this Week: 25.4
Added Year to Date: 28.4
Net Used for 2011: (20.15) yards

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Cinderella – Quilting

I finished quilting Cinderella this afternoon, after pin-basting it twice. Do check and make sure you don’t pin one side upside down.
This is the largest thing I’ve quilted – yeah, 60×75″ is huge. 🙂 At least, if you have to sit under the kitchen table to pin-baste, it’s huge. 
I was worried about it because the two sides are very close in size.
I was right to worry. Oops. Luckily it was only that side, and I trimmed about a half inch off the other side, and it looks fairly even.

Only one prairie point flag was an issue, thank goodness. I need to put on the regular foot to get closer, but that’s the only place I need to do clean-up.
I think the double lines (on the edges of the “scenes” on the other side) look pretty nice on the castle.
I have lots of leftover purple Fairy Frost, so that will be the binding. Because if there’s one thing this quilt is lacking, it’s purple. And Fairy Frost.

A journey begins

You know how they say journeys begin with a single step?
 Well, some begin with a two-hour drive to Tulsa.
111 miles on 1/11/11. I’d say that’s fate, or something.
And this is cryptic, or something. 😉

Design Wall Monday – Week 2

I started this quilt as leaders-and-enders on Cinderella. Actually, I started it 4+ years ago when my sister was pregnant with my niece. I bought this book by Debbie Mumm at the Fabric Depot in Portland, inspired by the sailboat and lighthouse quilt on the front. 
Needless to say, my niece never got the quilt, but my brand new nephew will. Or something vaguely based on that quilt.
So far, all I’ve been doing is making various sailboat blocks inspired by Google and Flikr. It’s about time to make sure all the boats have hulls and measure them so I can start arranging the regatta in the “water” and add the lighthouse.
We also – finally! – got snow today. The Dude was happy.
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Sunday Stash Report – Week 2

So the “no buy until the OKC Quilt Show” didn’t quite happen.
 I blame other bloggers.
P.S. I Quilt is doing a Postage Stamp Quilt Along. I bought 3 yards of baby pink Kona cotton. Everything else is stash…unless I see something at the quilt show.
Don’t Call Me Betsy is doing a Sliced Coin Quilt Along. I didn’t buy for this one…yet. But I’ve been planning an iSpy quilt for my nephew and I think this design will work well (and inspire me to finish!)
I’m counting Cinderella as finished, and guessing on the yardage. I think the castle was around 1.5 yard in each color, the borders were 2.25 yards, and the scenery side was about 3 yards.
Used this Week: 8.25
Used year to Date:8.25
Added this Week: 3
Added Year to Date: 3
Net Used for 2011: 5.25 yards
 
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Cinderella – Front Finished

The borders are on and I’m declaring her done! After 18 months on the to-do pile.
My sister bought the original fabric, which I cut into scenes. My mother did the math to make everything square up…mostly. 
It’s a whole lot of purple, and I wasn’t sure the white border would work, but I think it does. Also, I didn’t want to go buy another two yards of something else.
Now I just need to find a big enough space to baste it – it’s bigger than my kitchen floor!

Layer Cake Quilt Along – Block Five

More catch-up on the Layer Cake Quilt Along
This one I started to totally change, as seen above. I thought it looked a bit off in the instructions and decided to flip all the blocks around.
Then I checked out the Flikr group, and darn it all, everyone’s block done the original way look better! I’m going to blame the digital picture – it just looked flat.
So I’m back to the original design. Don’t tell Cara I messed with it. She hosts Talk Night Tuesday and I don’t want her blocking me on Twitter. 😉
Oh, and yes, I know there’s something missing in the block. I didn’t want to cut into another layer cake piece, so I’m waiting on a scrap. I don’t like the way any of my leftover 4.5″ squares look so far, but I’m sure I’ll have more options as the QA continues!

Layer Cake Quilt Along – Block Four

Catching up on the Layer Cake Quilt Along after the holidays…
 I didn’t change a thing with this block, except using two green layer cake pieces instead of the accent fabric. I think I have plenty of pieces left still, and I haven’t decided on an accent anyway!
I made a conscious effort to use a black piece, since I haven’t touched those yet. Both of the corner pieces on the snowball are scraps.