Saturday, October 14, 2017

Pink RSC Blocks

I've made my pink Star Dance blocks. These sweet little guys finish at 4".

The display wall full of stars.

They're off the wall now. I've made detailed notes on how I want to set them. The white squares are cut and so are the side triangles. They're bagged and ready to go to the retreat in November. 

I've been cleaning and organizing my sewing room since I've finished the center of Nearly Insane. The larger pieces of blue fabrics have been folded and returned to the blue box. Then I tackled the smaller pieces. The larger pieces of the small pieces have been cut into usable squares. They're the larger tray. Anything smaller than 1 1/2" is on the small tray. Those pieces have been bagged and will be given to a friend who does beautiful small applique pieces. 

When I finish a project, I always get the larger pieces of fabrics folded and returned to their box but I'm not so good at taking care of the smaller pieces. I have a basket on a small table close to the cutting table. I normally place toss them in the basket and think I'll cut them up later.

'Later' came after I finished cutting the blue pieces. Actually it took me several days to get those pieces taken care of, the basket was full and running over! I've repurposed the basket, from now on, I am going to clean up after each project. 

The small table has been reorganized, the carpet has been vacuumed, it is such a good feeling.

I'm going to get out the fabric for the Pastor's Attic Quilt and start prepping the borders. I don't know how far I'll get with prepping, I'm leaving this week to visit the  Pennsylvania grands.

Linking to Scrap Happy Saturday, Show Off Saturday, Oh Scrap, BOM's Away, Quilting Room With Mel

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Nearly Insane Center Completed!!

You need to use your imagination with this post. You need to imagine fireworks cascading up into the sky behind the words. You need to imagine the music of Tchaikovsky's 1828 overture. Can you hear the celebration with the cannons and church bells ringing?

That is how I feel right now. I've completed the center of the Nearly Insane quilt! Can you feel my joy?

The last 4 blocks to be pieced are in the lower right corner.

This is my favorite block, why? Because it was the last one to be pieced.

I wish now I had put the light blue print in the corners, but hey, it's finished and changes are not happening. I can easily live with it this way.

Here are the other blocks.

This one was easy, only 9 pieces. I think this was the least amount of pieces in a block in the whole quilt.

Sometimes the blocks don't turn out quite like I envision and this is one of them.

Lots of small strips in this one.

The whole right corner.

And of course, the entire quilt!

I pieced the first block of this quilt back in January 11, 2016 when I pieced block 1. In that post I said I wanted to piece the blocks in 18 months, it took 21 months. Also my friends who were also going to piece Nearly Insane along with me never got started on their Insanity journey.

There are 98 six inch finished blocks in this quilt including the side triangles.

What is the next step in my Insane journey? I need to decide which blue fabric I'm going to use in the zigzag border. I need to get the million pieces prepped to take along to the Jane Stickle retreat in November. Maybe it isn't a million pieces but it looks like a lot.

Linking to - Oh Scrap!Show & Tell Monday With Bambi, Em's ScrapbagLove Laugh Quilt, BOM's Away, Quilter's MondayFiber Tuesday, Esther's Wednesday WOW!, Let's Bee Social, Sew,Stitch,Snap,Share, My Quilt Infatuation
Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished Or Not Friday, TGIFF!, Finish It Up Friday, Show Off Saturday

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Purple Star Dance Blocks

The RSC color in January was purple. I made the 4 patch blocks and was finished with purple. Then the last week of January, I pulled a pattern I've been wanting to make for years, Star Dance, and decided to make Star Dance blocks also. I quickly made 4 purple stars. 

In February, I decided I would make 8 stars each month. I needed to make more purple stars, I've finally got them sewn.

These stars finish at 4". 

You probably can't see it in the picture, but these fabrics all have some gold sparkle on them. They're going to add zing to my quilt.

Here are all the blocks so far, just need to get the pink stars made.

People keep asking me how I going to set these. 

The original pattern has them on a straight set with a white square in between. As of right now, I'm planning to turn them on point (like they are in the picture) which a white square in between. After the pink stars are made, I'll have 64 stars so the set will be 8 by 8 except I don't really like square quilts so I might make more stars? I'll decide about that later.

 I do plan to add the applique border. 

These blocks are 4" so this is not going to be a large quilt. That's OK, I don't have to make everything queen or king sized. I'm actually looking forward to making a small quilt for once.

Linking to Scrap Happy Saturday, Show Off Saturday.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

More Insanity

Slowly, over the past several weeks, I've been piecing more blocks for Nearly Insane.

The 7 block row is completed.

My favorite block of the row is this one. She also has the most pieces in a block for this row, 57 pieces. I did change the block so the HST's would be symmetrical.

Here are pictures of the rest of the blocks.

Some of the blocks are very similar. I have to wonder if she pieced one and then decided to add a different center to the next one.

What do you think?

In this block, I think Salinda had extra HST's from another block so she stuck them together in the center of this one.

None of these blocks were difficult to piece which I'm very thankful for.

This is another block that I think she had unused pieces so she stuck them together.

I tried to add a little bling to this block by fussy cutting the center square.
The next row, which contains 5 blocks, is also completed. 

This is my favorite block of this row and she contains 57 pieces. 

There are several blocks that have flying geese in this quilt. I like all of them.

More pieced blocks . . .

A nice album block, at least I think that's what's it is called.

A view of the center so far. Just that bottom right corner is left to do. 

These blocks finish at 6". All that is left to piece are 2 short rows! I'm excited, I'm so close to having the center finished.

Linking to Jo's Country Junction, Esther's Wednesday WOW!, Needle & Thread Thursday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished Or Not Friday, TGIFF, Finish It Up Friday.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Orange Star Dance Blocks

I've sewn the 8 orange Star Dance blocks for September. These little stars will finish at 4".

There are many shades of orange in this group.

And a picture of all the Star Dance blocks so far.

See what other people have sewn for Scrap Happy Saturday. Also linking to Show Off Saturday.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Miss Rosie's Cake & Cupcake Recipes

Several months ago, at a guild meeting, Elaine gave a demonstration using Miss Rosie's Cake & Cupcake Recipes. After she finished, she handed each of us a recipe packet with fabrics enclosed for us to sample. She told us we could bring back the finished blocks and she would sew them into charity quilts.

Since she had extra packets, I took 2 cupcake recipes and 3 of the cake recipes. I didn't realize at the time that each cake recipe makes 2 blocks.

Here are my blocks. 

First the cupcakes. These blocks were made using 5" charm blocks. You can choose between 3 different patterns using the recipe. For these fabrics, I chose to make pattern 1.

This is my favorite of the 2 cupcakes I made. The cupcake blocks finish at 6".

I chose this pattern for the 2nd block. 

I purposely try to avoid direction fabric when making HST's. It bugs me when lines to don't run the same direction. Oh well.

Now for the cakes. These blocks were made using 10" square fabrics (or layers cakes). I could choose between 6 different patterns for these blocks.

I've always wanted to try a T block, so now I've made 2 T's , a light T and a dark T. The block with the darker T looks smaller but they're the same size.

This floral was so pretty with the purple fabric. I made them both the same. This block reminds me of baskets of flowers.

The last 2 blocks remind me of bear claws, a dark one and the reverse. Again the lines don't run the same direction and the block with the darker print in the center looks smaller but it's not!

The Cake blocks measure 6-3/4" finished.

What's my opinion of these recipes? They were OK, it was nice to try them but I'll never buy the recipes (patterns). 

The recipes are similar to HST papers but they include the squares for you to cut. 

Today, September 29th, Missouri Star & Quilt Co. has Cake Mix Recipe #2 as their Daily Special.

Linking to - Finished Or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF!, Finish It Up Friday

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Simple 9-Patch Flimsy

Many years ago, I pieced the center of this quilt. I was trying to reduce the fabric stash, didn't happen. 
The quilt center laid around here for years, I never could decide what fabric to use for the border.

I had errands to run in Shipshewana one day this summer. I took the pieced center along, stopped at Yoder Department Store and showed my problem to my friend Nancy. 

She took one look at the center and said Kansas Troubles. We walked over to the shelf of Kansas Troubles fabrics and she pulled out approximately 10 bolts for me to peruse. I decided on one of the lovely reds. 

During the rainy week several weeks ago, I sewed the borders on the center. Now she is a finished flimsy and I don't even have to quilt her!! She will be hand quilted and donated to a fund raising auction for the school my Pennsylvania grands attend.

Yes, another project crossed off the list!

Linking to - Quilting is More Fun than Housework, Show & Tell Monday With Bambi, Em's ScrapbagLove Laugh Quilt, BOM's Away, Quilter's Monday Fiber Tuesday, Sew Fresh QuiltsMy Quilt Infatuation, Finished Or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF!, Finish It Up Friday, Show Off Saturday