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Today I’m working on my “Too Good to Cut” Challenge quilt.  Poor little project, I’ve been neglecting it for several weeks and working on other quilts instead.  But…according to the guidelines of the challenge, it has to be totally finished — quilted, bound and labelled — by December 31, 2010, so I’d better get busy!  I know how I am.  😉

I finished the first block some time ago, and now I have two blocks.   Only 10 more to go!

I’m using Judy Laquidara’s pattern, Bears in the Farmhouse, which I thought was just perfect for this focus fabric, which contains many colours.   My focus fabric is “Kaleidoscope,” which was the Hoffman Challenge fabric for 1997.

I sewed a quilt top from this pattern last year as a participant in Judy’s Quilt Along but used radically different fabrics.  My version is called “Bears in the Art Museum”, as my focus fabric was based on the artwork of Paul Klee.

So, even though these two quilts will be from the same pattern, they won’t look anything alike.

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links.

Happy Quilting!

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This week I started attaching the little claws onto the Bear Paws.  Here are the first two:

The pattern I am using is “Bears in the Farmhouse” by Judy Laquidara.  The focus fabric is the 1997 Hoffman Challenge Fabric, called “Kaleidoscope.”

To follow the progress of other quilters sewing along on this Challenge, please visit their links listed under “Challenge Participants” in my blogroll.

Happy Quilting!

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I’m back to making half-square triangles this week.  There are so many shades of colour in my focus fabric that I thought it would be nice to have a wider range of colours in my bear paws, as well.  I’m making the Bears in the Farmhouse pattern by Judy Laquidara.

Here are the additional green “claws”:

and more amethyst “claws”:

The focus fabric is the 1997 Hoffman Challenge fabric, called “Kaleidoscope.”

Later on in the pattern, I will also need some larger half-square units, so I have started making those, too, to be sure that I have enough fabric for a nice variety of fabrics in both sets.

As a result, I now have many more HSTs than I will need for one quilt, so I am thinking about making two quilts of the same pattern, at the same time.   I could keep one and give one, or we could have two matching quilts for twin beds in a guest room someday.

I hope that plan is not too ambitious…but if I have the whole year to finish, it might work out fine.

To see how others in our group are progressing, please visit their blogs listed under “Challenge Participants” in the blog roll.

Happy Quilting!

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I have finished sewing together my 192 half-square triangles — finally!  Now I just have to trim them down to the proper size and starting assembling the little “paws.”

I am using a Bear’s Paw pattern called “Bears in the Farmhouse,” designed by Judy Laquidara.

If you would like to visit other quilters sewing along with this Challenge, they are listed in my blog roll under “Challenge Participants.”

Happy Quilting!

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Here’s my fabric for the “Too Good to Cut” Challenge, which starts today.  This is “Kaleidoscope,” the Hoffman Challenge Fabric from the 1997 competition.

I’ve been collecting companion fabrics for many years.

I wanted a pattern to showcase the multi-colour print of the focus fabric, with coordinating accent points, and I’ve decided that Judy Laquidara’s Bears in the Farmhouse pattern will be perfect.

I made this pattern last year, and at first I didn’t want to make the same pattern again so soon.  But…I realised that of all the patterns I looked at, it had to be this one.  It called to me, and I can visualise it finished in my mind.  Yes, this is definitely the one.

Here is the quilt top I made last year from this pattern.  My version is called “Bears in the Art Museum” because my focus fabric is a design based on the art work of Paul Klee.

When this pattern is made up in all the shades of “Kaleidoscope,” it’s going to look like a totally different quilt.    I hope it’s going to be perfect!  My hands will be shaking when I start cutting out the pieces.

If you’d like to join us, please leave a comment, and I’ll add your link to my blogroll under “Challenge Participants.”

Happy Quilting!  And most of all, Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

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The fabrics for my Bears in the Art Museum quilt top are all from stash, but I didn’t have a nice backing, so I just had to buy some fabric this week.   My husband helped me choose this fabric.  It feels very soft and luxurious, and I think it will look pretty.  It’s called “Imprints,” designed for the Balson Hercules Group.

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I also started working on Judy Laquidara’s new stash project.  She is doing her quilt in bright colours, but she said we could use any colours we like.  Mine is going to be all blue and yellow.  I’ve been dreaming of ways to use my collection of blues and yellows together, and this pattern will be perfect.  I have finished 16 Flying Geese blocks already.  Judy recommended Patti Anderson’s method for No-Waste Flying Geese, and I think it is brilliant and so easy to do.

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Since it’s time for the Weekly Stash Report, I’ve also been thinking about ways of reporting stash usage.  I’ve changed my mind again about how and when to count fabric used.  I think Judy Laquidara’s method is really the most sensible for me (actually counting it when I use it — otherwise I will forget), so I am going to count my Bears fabric in this week’s stash report.  That will bring my totals for Week 16 to:

  • Bought         6 yds
  • Used            8.5 yds
  • YTD Bought    16.75 yds
  • YTD Used        76 yds

Happy Sewing!

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My Bears in the Farmhouse quilt top, now renamed “Bears in the Art Museum,” is finished!

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This project was part of Judy Laquidara‘s Quilt Along.  Finished quilt tops by other participants can be viewed here.  Judy said about 300 participants started the project, and more than 150 carried on through the final step.

Thank you, Judy, for this beautiful pattern.  I’ve learned some new techniques and a more efficient method of assembling a quilt top.  This is also the most technically perfect quilt top I’ve ever made — and I had to unpick a few seams and redo them to make sure of that!  😉

It was really good fun, too.   🙂

Happy Sewing!

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