Christmas gets here fast

You know how the holiday sneaks up on us.  Well, I am being proactive!

Auditioning fabric

And assembling the parts into a curved log cabin!

Funny thing about an after midnight finish.  You lay it all out and it just doesn’t make sense after about 2 to 4  compositions.  I went to bed and this morning I walked in and suddenly it made perfect sense!

The top is done, now comes the quilting and binding.

Are you getting ready early or are you a procrastinator like I usually am?

 

ALERT!  Did you know that Forbes is having a Main Street Awards contest?  Well, they are and one of my favorite quilt instructors is in the running!  This would be Jenny Doan at the Missouri Star Quilting Company in Hamilton, MO.  You can guess I want her to win right?  Please go HERE and cast your vote (daily) To help her along!  She has done amazing things in her community to revitalize the dying small town.

Thanks for your participation!

 

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ScrapHappy for September – the late edition

Sometimes Life just gets in the way no matter what you’ve planned, but late is better than nothing.

I haven’t participated in ScrapHappy for a long time.  I do enjoy making something from nothing, so I gathered together all my Kona Solid scraps and a wild little bit of leftover, multicolored Ikat fabric.

I used the Ikat to guide my color choices and used a new technique I learned on *Craftsy to make insertions in the black field.  It wasn’t too hard, but matching up the existing straight lines after cutting at an angle was a little tricky!

Kinda reminded me of when we learned about refraction in school by placing a pencil in a glass of water

http://www.school-for-champions.com/science/light_refraction.htm

I cut the fabric across a previously inserted color line and then inserted a new strip of fabric

It really moves when you cut it at an angle!

It took a few tries pinning, moving, and then finally success!

And since I am late I will post the finish on October 15th.  If I finish it now, I do have lots of time, then I can’t be late now can I?

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ON IKAT:  Authentic Ikat is a woven fabric that uses threads/yarn that are pre-dyed to produce the pattern.  Ikat designs can also be printed as is the case in my little strip used for this project.  Want to know more about the process?  Look HERE

ON CRAFTSY:  The class was Improvisational Piecing, Modern Design with Jacquie Gering.
While I enjoyed the class, my end product is not a cookie cutter of her suggested project.

Isn’t that the whole point of the classes?  To learn a new skill and then run with it?

 

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Process Pledge: New Quilt beginings

Here is a truth that I probably shouldn’t divulge, but I will anyway, I bought this gold fabric (8 yards of it)  about 5 years ago.  I was excited to jump in and begin and then found the whole idea overwhelming.  Too many blocks, all in varying sizes, with lots of little fiddly bits.  Nope, wasn’t going to happen so early in my quilting career.  😉

So, flash forward to this month and here I am confident enough to try again with a different quilt along and able to use up all this gold and cream fabric!  The color scheme is the same with a bit of Cobalt added as stones and border bits.

This new quilt along I have joined looks to be challenging, but the blocks are all the same size.   I know you will be disappointed not to see my completed blocks as I finish them, but the rules for the joining won’t allow me to share my completed blocks until the end of December when the quilt top is all done!  Never encountered this before, but that’s OK.  I can at least let you in on the colors I have chosen and what I have accomplished thus far.

Here are 16 half square triangles

With Dogears removed

 

This will be the fourth block completed today and has me caught up with the rest of the group.

 

Because this one is a mystery quilt along, even I don’t know what the completed quilt will look like when I am all done!

NOTE:  This QA is called Simple Summer Sampler is made possible by Gay Bomers at Sentimental Stitches

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Process Pledge: the gift

Keeping busy!

Still working on the coat muslin but taking a break to get back on that gift for my Sister-in-law.  It is taking an age because I have to work under this…

the-gift

I do it because if I don’t my eyes go fuzzy in the middle of my vision and then I can’t see much at all for an hour.  So as it goes, I work for an hour (the most I can do even with the ring light) and then go on to something that doesn’t require fine vision.  It’s doable and I still get to have fun working!

❤ ❤ ❤ I will get this done Kathee!  ❤ ❤ ❤

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What?  You want to see more?  Sorry, gonna have to wait till it’s done and received on the other end.   Don’t want to give it all away too soon.  😉

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