Tiny 9-patches
Quilting Twin
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8h ago
 Everyone across Blogland is making little nine-patches, thanks to Taryn at ReproQuiltLover.  She is replicating an antique quilt with truly tiny nine-patches, and offers tutorials for 3 sizes. She calls then Teeny Tiny (1/2"squares), Tiny (3/4"squares) and Small (1"squares). I was intrigued, but not tempted to join in; I have enough to be going on with, until my eyesight improves. However. On a recent visit to Mereth's sewing room she showed me an old Quilters Newsletter Magazine with an interview with Lee Porter. One of the quilts on a bed was a beautiful old 9patch with pink sash ..read more
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Progress
Quilting Twin
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5d ago
I started with this collection of scraps and leftovers, plus some more in various other piles. I've been assiduously cutting for days, not thinking about the final destination of this fabric, just trying to get it cut down into useable sizes. So many decisions are involved, but to make it simple I just tried to get the biggest strip or square that I could from each piece. It's very satisfying to see an empty container, and know that everything in it has been trimmed and assigned a new home. These are my little strips, and I emptied that white tray cutting these little bits. They ..read more
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I'm mighty sick of the mess in my sewing room. eve...
Quilting Twin
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1w ago
I'm mighty sick of the mess in my sewing room. every surface is piled high with random collections of fabric and strange containers full of scraps. Not to mention the shirts draped everywhere. Enough is enough! First up I pulled out a bunch of light blue and white scraps and cut enough wedges for another 7 Dresden Plates. Now all the rest of the shirts can go back where they belong while I piece these together. I'll have to find enough fabric for the background squares, but I'll deal with that later. What is most urgent is sorting out 5 containers of strips and scraps, some dating from ..read more
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Still here...
Quilting Twin
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1w ago
 I've certainly had enough time off from the blog, time for a catch up. I haven't blogged in so long because I don't like complaining on here, but I've done a mighty lot of that in real life. Problems with my eyesight, problems with the Statler, problems with several customer tops that had many, many issues, catching some sort of cold/flu from the grandkids after Christmas that floored me for 3 weeks. Plus my dear old AC just blew up, so there is no respite from the heat. I wasn't remotely inclined to go near the sewing machine, which is so unusual for me. I guess it's because I can't se ..read more
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Cleaning up
Quilting Twin
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2M ago
I've been jumping from project to project for quite some time, and sewing haphazardly on varous new ideas, before abandoning it all to do another thing. It was a mess, and finally it got so I couldn't work in all the litter anymore. So I started to tidy up. I sorted out all the various things I'd been dabbling with. Shirting Spinning Rectangles, with leftovers from my Zigzag top. So many leftovers.  I have 32 of these, and many more pieces. Flying Geese leader-enders. I now have 210. Lots of 3" triangles, leader-enders again. These will go in the project box with 70 or so others ..read more
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Candelwick
Quilting Twin
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2M ago
This was the candlewick quilt that I finished earlier this month.  It was 96"square, and I was so worried that I was going to get it dirty, or mark it in some way.  I cleaned the machine every time it went on, covered up all the tracks than can leave black marks, covered it in sheets when it was on the bed so I could finish other quilts.  I bound it as well, so that involved obsessively washing the floor and sewing table and dusting everything it might come in contact with.  I was so glad when it was finally finished and returned to it's owner.  It just ..read more
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Fussy cutting practice
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3M ago
I was working on this post before the cataract surgery. It will be a while before I can work on this project again, but I'll have lots of time to think about a final design, and what fabrics I should use. I've been telling myself for years that I would start a Patchwork Of The Crosses quilt. It's made with a honeycomb template, and it's very popular with people who do English Paper Piecing. I find that my hands hurt too much if I piece over papers so I'm sewing mine together on the drawn line. This Pinterest page shows many beautiful blocks, the possibilities are endless. I still haven't d ..read more
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More tops completed
Quilting Twin
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3M ago
Last year I finished this  Bricks and Stepping Stones top. Of course, being me, I had cut way too many pieces for just one quilt/ I decided to make this with the leftovers, not wanting to go to the trouble of 4-patches. It turned out really well, and used up most of the leftover bricks, which was my aim after all. Such pretty prints and colours. I also had a heap of scraps from the Strip Twist that I'd just made, and these turned into 16-patches. I really didn't want to make a lot more of them, so I set them with alternate 6.5" blocks of fabric and made this little top. More ..read more
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The Strip Twist blocks became a top, and it's very...
Quilting Twin
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4M ago
The Strip Twist blocks became a top, and it's very colourful and cheerful. I want to make another one, but first I'll sew on some UFOs. I need to put all the modern fabric away, because it's cluttering every surface of the sewing room, and I can't find anything beneath the piles. I figure if I haven't learned to clear up after a project after all this time, then I'll never change, so I just have to have giant clean ups periodically. While I was deciding what to work on next I did a few chores that are easy to put off till they become critical. I cleaned out my poor sewing machine, which was ..read more
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What happened to August?
Quilting Twin
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5M ago
 Good question, where did August go? Late July I had a phone call from son Rhys; would I be willing to go to Brisbane and look after Theo when Naomi and he had to head to hospital for the birth of their baby girl? Of course, I would  have to go earlier, so Theo felt comfortable being left with a long-distance Nan, and in case the baby came earlier than predicted. Which led to me flying up on August 2nd, laden with gifts and quilts for the family. It's been two years since I flew, in the middle of Covid restrictions, and that was not a pleasant experience. However, this wasn't too ba ..read more
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