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I didn’t make any positive progress on my pink and purple Flying Geese quilt at all this week.  But, if mistakes are educational, then I have learned a lot!  😉

First, I thought I had the perfect backing for the quilt — a beautiful shade of pink in 100% cotton.    Got it all basted and started the machine quilting.  However, it’s a bed sheet, and now I know why quilting on bed sheets is not such a good idea — the threads are so close together, it’s difficult to quilt through.  Even with a small needle (10 or 11), it still leaves a big hole in the fabric.

I was so unhappy with the results that I unpicked two hours’ worth of free motion quilting and undid the basting.

Then I found another length of regular quilting fabric in my stash that was a good match for the colours, but I didn’t have enough.  There were two others that I thought would make a good pieced backing using the instructions Mary Johnson wrote for HeartStrings, but I didn’t have enough of those, either.   Aaarrrggghhh!

Finally the light dawned on me to cut the quilting fabrics into 10.5 inch squares and piece them together patchwork fashion to make a backing by one of the methods used by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.  That will give a good variety of prints and use up even more stash.  I’ll probably start that tomorrow.

Haven’t finished any other projects to count in my totals this week, but I did start working on a UFO for Judy’s February Quiltathon and hope to finish that today.

Totals for Week 7 are:

  • Bought this week:  0
  • Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
  • Used this week:  0
  • Used year-to-date:  10.75
  • Used (net):  1 yard

To see how others are doing in their Stashbusting this week, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

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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Our weatherman says the UK is suffering the fiercest winter we’ve had in 30 years.  I believe it.  We’ve had snow on the ground since December 17, with more snow falling several times a week, and it’s only now starting to thaw.

Our front hall is always freezing cold.  It has a metal door (those are magnets stuck on) and double-paned glass, but in weather like this, it’s just not enough insulation.  I don’t know why, but it took me all these years to finally think of a solution!  😉

This beautiful fabric is a perfect match to the Amethyst Cream paint in our hall.  It’s called Almost Paradise Batiks and was designed by Ro Gregg for Northcott Fabrics.  I don’t know how old it is — it’s been in my stash for many years.

I made one panel the width of fabric and lined it with plain cream-coloured muslin.  To save time, I machine stitched the hem.  This is more of a utility curtain than for beauty, although I did want it to look nice.

I made it long enough to cover the mail slot since cold air can blow through there, too.

And here it is, all finished!  It’s attached with velcro strips at the top of the door and the top of the curtain so it can be removed in the daytime and nice weather.

I used three yards of fabric for this project — 54 inches each of print and lining.

The postman also brought me one last package of fabric that I had mail-ordered two weeks ago — 2 yards of cream background for the Challenge quilt I am working on.  That brings my totals for Week 3 to:

Bought this week:  2 yards
Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
Used this week:  3 yards
Used (net):  -6.75 yards

To see how others are doing with their Stash Reports, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

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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I am now officially moved back into my sewing room after not having the use of it for a while this year.  My design wall has a new home, too, and it has grown to fit the new larger space.  It’s now half of a folded tablecloth, instead of a quarter!  😉

Sewing room1

This used to be our garage, and my husband had it converted for me a few years ago.   The room itself is 9 x 12 ft, and there is a 9 x 5 ft box room at one end.  No windows in there, so that is where my fabric stash lives, safely away from sunshine and dust.

At the front of the main room is a lovely large window, and there stands my Lillian.  She is a Singer VS2 (vibrating shuttle) treadle sewing machine, manufactured in 1888, and she sews a beautiful stitch.  I use her sometimes to piece blocks and make small projects like pillowcases.

Sewing room2

I found lots more UFOs when I was re-organising.

Sewing room UFO1

I’m glad I had the presence of mind to label these pieces.  Otherwise I might never have figured out where they are supposed to go now!

Sewing room UFO4

I found these colourful blocks and thought they would look cheerful and nice on display.  It’s great having a permanent design wall now — it’s very inspirational to see the blocks from a new perspective and also fun to use them for decorating!  😉

Sewing room UFO2

Here’s a larger group:

Sewing room UFO3

The fabric scraps from this project were used to make a very special quilt…

2Quilt for Nigel

for my little dog, Nigel.  🙂

To see what other quilters have on their Design Walls today, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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A finish, a finish, I finally have a finish!   🙂

Here is my version of  “Freeze Frame”, a Quilt for an Hour pattern designed by Judy Laquidara.

Freeze Frame Complete

Here’s a better look at some of the fabrics used in the quilt.

Freeze Frame fabrics

I am estimating that I used 7 yards of fabric for this quilt top, calculating from the fabric requirements given in the pattern and counting the fat quarters that I used for the squares.

I loved making this quilt, and I am already thinking of another version in other colours!

My Stash Report totals for Week 45 are:

  • Bought this week:  0
  • Used this week:  7 yards
  • Bought Year-to-Date:  24.875
  • Used Year-to-Date:  92.375
  • Net Used:  67.5 yards

To see Stash Reports by other quilters and to find the pattern for “Freeze Frame”, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Sewing!

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