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42.7 Swinging back in

August 10, 2018

The quilt show was close to a month ago. I still can’t believe how much of an impact it had on my life this year.

The last few weekends, I have made a rather restorative decision to sew at home with any time off I have had. This was to “calm down already” and I feel it was necessary.

First it was a reorganization of my books and patterns. I had the idea to put the shorter size pattern into shorter 3ring binders.

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The patterns regularly are half size normal paper. It is easier to put the regular patterns into short binder. Originally I had them all in 8.5 X 11 sheets. This worked, but was thick and flumpy.

Ones with paper patterns or fabrics are too thick to fit in the shorter binders without bending or tearing, but I managed to get all the patterns put away this way into something viewable and accessible.

The smaller binder seems to be a good option. They are half the size of the regular binder and I found a small box of pages also on amazon. Good idea to save space on the bookshelf, and because it’s more accessible and usable, it will be easier to decide to pick up and actually use. I hope so.

Also shown was my Countdown to Paducah pattern I downloaded free this year. It takes up an entire binder of it’s own. I like the color scheme and sashing on that pattern a lot. Not sure if it is free anymore or not.

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I reorganized my books, my projects in my closet that hadn’t seen the light of day since I moved, and even longer. I found this appliqué project I purchased from a local guild member at a garage sale. Not certain who donated or when.

Lucky me, even though there was fabric from the previous owner of the pattern, I supplemented with some of my own. This was cathartic for me, both the fabric selection and the rest of this pattern. I liked the tracing and the fixing of the heat n bond onto the back, and the cutting out of the fabrics, some of which I did outside overlooking my garden.

I swapped out fabrics a few times. I have one purple flower, one lighter flower, and two bluer flowers.

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Yes the pattern is swapped around, but no one knows that (shh don’t tell), or I don’t frankly care. The pattern is Forget Me Not Stained Glass from a company in Alaska.

It was the first time using the premade bias tape, and this was heavenly to use. So easy to hide any cutting mistakes.

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I currently have it not sewn down as of yet, all ironed up into the basic version of what it will eventually look like. Since I am going to sew it down as quilt as you go, I have yet to get the backing or batting ready, and am considering changing up the borders slightly to how the pattern has it anyway.

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Any event, it’s very lovely on my design wall at the moment.

I hadn’t thought that much about it, but the forget me not applique pattern was the first and only just me, just having nothing to do with other people type of pattern. No responsibilities or tied to anyone else. Aside from how I purchased it.

Also on my design wall is another set of quilt parts I have scavenged this year, working from someone else’s base scraps.

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I am looking forward to making this into another mini quilt for my wall somewhere. This gives the slight renaissance festival vibe, and I have yet to prepare the bottom and top for appliqué onto a base fabric. I like looking at, and thinking about these pre made pieces. I also like the idea of taking another’s design, and co-opting it for my own, and how it might not be the same realm of interpretation as the original idea from the person who I bought the premade scraps from.

Another thing to work on this year is the mystery quilt I have been doing with Charlotte Hawkes group. The main quilt revealed back in April or May. So I guess I can say spoilers ahead, but they are now several months back.

*** spoilers ***

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I have been staring at this pattern for months now. Putting aside this quilt to work on the quilt show. The last few pieces of one of the steps still needed some TLC and finishing.

it wasn’t until this weekend or last the I finally got the smaller sub blocks done.

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I am getting the last touches of the main blocks done that include the sub blocks. I think I ended up counting 24 of these sets today. 6 are done, 18 are somewhere in process.

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My main leader and ender had been my warm color version of my modified rail fence, but in all the rebirth, I decided to pull out some pinwheels and knock out some more 5 inch block stash at the same time. So new pinwheel pieces cut for leaders and enders.

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I am not sure why several stray blocks were pinwheeled backwards, but they were. (not shown below)

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I am currently trying to decide to unpick the backwards ones or not. A few of these were made for some kind of swap with the Twilter podcast loving group that was starting to come together to do things at the time. I am thinking this was done 2010 or 2011 or so. I suppose I wrote a blog post about it some time back.

Maybe I should be soliciting a 5″ square swap of my own. To supplement these blocks.

I do recognize several of these pinwheels as coming out of my own stash, but not all. I must have only traded a couple of the pinwheel blocks, and decided to upsize the quilt on my own. I know originally I was going to sash all them with the harlequin pattern with paper piecing, but I am less sure I want to to that now.

The sashing or block lining would disguise the inconsistencies in pinwheel turning, and would upsize the quilt in general as well. Decisions still to be made here on this quilt.

This takes me up to current time, for the moment.

I am hoping to get back to Free Motion Quilting more soon too. I bought this apparatus, but do not yet have the clamps to be able to make it work to my advantage.

Now I have to prepare again to herd cats with the opportunity quilt for the guild and give another report on Tuesday. I have about half the blocks needed for the quilt as designed. Actually less. Just looking at my notes, I have blocked off one more person that have made blocks than blocks I actually have in my possession.

Blocks for this project due September meeting, so we all have time, but right now out of the 42 blocks I need, I have a total of 13 in my possession. I am already starting to get nervous to get in front of the group about this on Tuesday.

Oh, and after the blocks made, we need to have borders made, and no one else has signed up to help on that yet. I was really hoping some of the alternate blocks would be some cool color other than green. I am gunning for purple personally. For at least a few blocks. But those are the ones I have less of.

I really need to stop all this talking in front of the guild. I don’t think it’s all that good for me and/or my health. Maybe next year??? Once the quilt is made.

But I also have to report in on my part of the guild show. Which went really well. Still sorta mad I didn’t get all the pictures I had wanted. I am sure there are some other fantastic quilts there I missed.

Two days before more “public speaking”. Sigh.

Later!

 

 

 

 

 

2 comments

  1. Love you forget me knots


  2. […] contrast of the red and grey Dresden flower quilt, I was cleaning up the parts of the Forget Me Not stained glass quilt pattern, and I had a few ideas on how to do my borders on this […]



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