Saturday, June 30, 2012

LHSQS - Block #35

Another 6” sampler block -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

HST that FINISH at 2” -

Strips - cut 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” -

4-Patches that FINISH at 2" -

And QST that FINISH at 2” -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -

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Block #35 - Letter X

2 medium squares
2 dark squares
4 light/medium QST
1 light/dark QST


OOPS! - Not THIS way!


And NOT this way - either -
You have them all upside down -
And sideways -
Check the photo - dummy! - ;))


There - that’s better - ;))




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Friday, June 29, 2012

QJ - JRRQ #1


QUILT JOURNAL - 2012
JRRQ #1 - aka -
N’s BIG SISTER QUILT



Machine Pieced
Machine Quilted By Mgr
50” x 64”
Started – July 26, 2011
Top Completed – July 28, 2011
Back Completed - May 4, 2012
To Mgr for Quilting - May 12, 2012

Pattern – Jelly Roll Race Quilt

Quilt Pattern – Deb’s Feathers

Made for N -

Front -
Photo by Mgr - Used with permission -

Back -
Photo by Mgr - Used with permission -

Close-up of the quilting -

This was my first Jelly Roll Race Quilt -.

If you have never heard of a JELLY ROLL RACE QUILT - watch the video - it's terrific!!

Strips sewn end to end -
I like to join them with straight seams -
It’s just easier for me -

The story starts with Scrappy Saturday - 7/30/11 - here -

For the rest of the story -
Please type “Jelly Roll Race Quilt” -
In the Search Box -

I made three Jelly Roll Race Quilts -

For three little girls -

Three little sisters -

The first one - for the oldest sister -
Has a burgundy label -
And white/pink cupcakes on the back

The second one - for the second sister -
Has a gold label -
And yellow/blue cupcakes on the back

The third one - for the youngest sister -
Has a purple/violet label -
And green/coral cupcakes on the back

QJ - 2012



Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mail Call - 6/28/12


Looky what I got in the mail -


I call it -

Feeding my STASH - ;))

My stash was craving -

DOTS -

Besides -

I never could resist a SALE!!



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

LHSQS - Block #34

Another 6” sampler block -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

HST that FINISH at 2” -

Strips - cut 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” -

4-Patches that FINISH at 2" -

And QST that FINISH at 2” -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -

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Block #34 - Clown’s Choice

4 light squares
5 light/dark QST




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -





Tuesday, June 26, 2012

LHQSQ - Blocks - 34/35/36/37/38 - Prep


My Left-Handed Quilter's Sampler Quilt -

LHQSQ - See the page/tab above -


So far -

Is comprised of 6” sampler blocks -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

HST that FINISH at 2” -

Strips - cut 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” -

4-Patches that FINISH at 2" -

And QST that FINISH at 2” -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -

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I REALLY don’t like cutting the pieces -

And then making -

ONE block at a time -

SO -

For the next batch of blocks -

I made this -


Just kidding - ;))

Actually they all came out to this -


5 light squares
4 light/dark HST
4 light/medium HST
2 dark squares
3 medium squares
10 light/dark QST
17 light/medium QST

45 puzzle pieces -

Enough for 5 blocks - ;))

And because the finished blocks -

Will be scattered across the quilt top -

I’m not too worried about -

The sameness -

Of the fabrics -

Might regret that decision later -

But for now -

It works in my head - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Monday, June 25, 2012

LHQSQ - Block #33

DESIGN WALL MONDAY -
Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. at Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))

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My Left-Handed Quilter's Sampler Quilt -

LHQSQ - See the page/tab above -


So far -

Is comprised of 6” sampler blocks -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

HST that FINISH at 2” -

Strips - cut 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” -

And 4-Patches that FINISH at 2" -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -

This block will add -

QST that FINISH at 2” -

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Block #33 - Practical Orchard

4 light squares -
4 medium squares -
1 light/medium QST -




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -




Sunday, June 24, 2012

LHQSQ - Adding QST to the mix

Note - these instructions are written in LEFTISH.
If you are right-handed - just reverse the directions.
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My Left-Handed Quilter's Sampler Quilt -

LHQSQ - See the page/tab above -


So far -

Is comprised of 6” sampler blocks -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

HST that FINISH at 2” -

Strips - cut 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” -

And 4-Patches that FINISH at 2” -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -

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Now I’m going to add another element -

QUARTER SQUARE TRIANGLES (QST) that FINISH at 2” -

Because -

One half of a Quarter Square Triangle - One UNIT -


Measures the same as one half of a HST -


And when the two halves - the UNITS - are sewn together -

The QST -

Will measure - 2-1/2” square -

And FINISH at 2” -

Just like everything else - ;))


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There are a number of different ways to make QST -

You can buy the die -

Or you can use Triangles on a Roll -


It’s really cool stuff -

I have several different sizes -

The top roll - Green -
Will make 735 -
QST - 2” finished squares

The second one - Red -
Will make 1200 -
HST - 1” finished squares

The bottom one is -
What I have left of the roll -
That makes -
HST - 2” finished squares

They come in real handy -
When I only need a couple of blocks -
And not a bunch of “multiples” -

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Or you can use Triangulations -
Like I did - here -
Just make sure that you print out the QST ones that will FINISH at 2” -

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Or you can cut 1-1/2” strips -
And use the Companion Angle ruler -
By Darlene Zimmerman -
Like this -

I layered a light and medium fabric - right sides together -
And cut out some triangles -
LEFT-HANDED -

Starting at the RIGHT end of the strip -
Line up the BOTTOM of the strip on the “2” line (2” FINISHED)
Cut one -
Cut UP the LEFT side and DOWN the RIGHT side -


Move the ruler to the LEFT - FLIP it up -
And line up the TOP of the strip on the “2” line (2” FINISHED) -
To cut the second one -
Cut UP the LEFT side -


Cut two sets -

The tops of the triangles are flat -
And they look like they won’t fit -
But they DO - and you have -
One less dog-ear to trim - ;))


Stitch them up -

BUT -

When I sewed them together -
I flipped them over -
So that the lighter fabric was on top -
And sewed from the top of the triangle -
To the base -

That’s how this -


Turned into this - ;))


Gotta watch that -

Whichever fabric is on TOP -
When you sew them together -
Will be on the RIGHT -
When you open them up - ;))

And when the two halves - the UNITS - are sewn together -
The QST will measure 2-1/2” -
And FINISH at 2” -
Just like everything else - ;))


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I love how there are SO many different ways -

To do the SAME thing -

I think that is what makes quilting so much FUN -

So - try everything -

Find a method that YOU like -

And USE that one - ;))

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In the next batch of blocks -

Sometimes the two halves - the UNITS - of the QST -

Will be different - the QST will be “mixed” -

So be sure to check the photo -

To see which part of the QST is which color/fabric -

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For simplicity -

I will just list the number of individual QST -

That you will need to complete the block -

How you choose to cut and sew them -

Is entirely up to you - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Saturday, June 23, 2012

LHQSQ - Sashings & Cornerstones - Part 2


Note - these instructions are written in LEFTISH.
If you are right-handed - just reverse the directions.
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My Left-Handed Quilter's Sampler Quilt -

LHQSQ - See the page/tab above -


Needs sashing and cornerstones -

First let me say that -
I am NOT the one who invented this -
I wish I knew who did -
I’d give her a HUGE hug - ;))

And -

I am NOT the only one who does it this way -
Some of us have been doing sashings and cornerstones -
This way FOR years -

But it may be NEW to you -

SO - This Is How I Do It - ;))

When I cut the sashing fabric -
I cut a couple of sashing strips 6-1/2” x WOF -


Sub-cut one into the 1-1/2” strips -


And left one alone -
6-1/2” x WOF -

Then I cut a strip 1-1/2” from the Brown #2 -
1-1/2” x WOF -
For cornerstones -


Sewed them together -
Pressed the seam AWAY from the darker Brown -
And then sub-cut the strip set into 1-1/2” strips -


Like so -


Take a few of the blocks -
And some plain sashes -
And some sashes with the cornerstones attached -
Put them up on the wall -


Do you see what I see?

If I take off a couple of the top sashing strips -

Do you see this?


Because these blocks will be set “on-point” -
I can add the plain sash to the lower right side -
Pressing toward the sashing strip -


And then add the sash with the cornerstone -
To the lower left side -


Which is WHY -
I pressed AWAY from the darker Brown -
When I sewed the Brown strip to the lighter one -


All sewn and pressed -


The first couple up on the wall -


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I like how this method simplifies construction -

All I have to do now -

Is get the final layout -

And sew the blocks together - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Friday, June 22, 2012

Quilter BOB's BFF


Most of you already know that -
BOB is my alter-ego -
B!tchy Old Broad -

And that since BOB doesn't want to scare her nicey-nice quilty readers -
She usually rants on her very own blog -
Quilter BOB - here -

BUT -

Some rants need to be posted on THIS blog -

I call those rants -

Quilter BOB's BFF -

Quilter BOB's B!tch Fest Friday -
Or any other day that ends in “Y” - ;))

BOB’s version of “B!tch and Stitch” -
Or is it “Stitch and B!tch” -
BOB can never remember - ;))

Anyway -

Today’s rant is about HANDICAP -

If you would rather not read this rant -

You might be just the person who should read it -

I might be talking to you - ;))

So - let me ask you -

When you see a fat, old woman on a scooter -

What do you see?

Do you see a fat, old woman on a scooter -
Who - if she would just get off that scooter -
And walk instead of ride -
Would get some much-needed exercise -
And maybe not be so fat?

Do you?

Well - I don’t -

I see my friend -
Who cringes when someone says -
“That looks like fun!” -
Would they say that to her-
If she were in a wheelchair?

I see my friend -
Who WOULD walk -
If she COULD walk

I see my friend -
Who has a degenerative nerve disease -
And wears a leg brace -
And a diaper

I see my friend -
Who tries to hide her leg brace -
Under her long pants

I see my friend -
Who wears a leg brace -
Because the disease has made her leg virtually useless

I see my friend -
Who wears a diaper -
Because the disease has made her totally incontinent

I see my friend -
Who has been able to say “no” to a wheelchair -
So far

I see my friend -
Who sits patiently waiting for a handicap bathroom stall -
And wetting her pants -
While an able-bodied woman changes her clothes

I see my friend -
Who sits patiently waiting for a handicap bathroom stall -
And wetting her pants -
While an able-bodied woman corrals her children -
So that she can “use the facilities”

I see my friend -
Who sits patiently waiting for a handicap bathroom stall -
And wetting her pants -
While an able-bodied woman uses the stall -
Simply because it has more room -
Or because it was simply "available"

I see my friend -
Trapped in the bathroom -
Because the door opens “in” -
And she needs someone else -
To open the door for her

I see my friend -
Who no longer goes to quilt shows -
Because getting close enough to a booth -
To actually see anything -
Is like trying to “parallel park” a tank -
In quicksand (the crowd)

I see my friend -
Who occasionally runs into someone -
Who stops short in front of her -
Because the scooter has no brakes -
Think about it -
It’s like stopping a car -
By taking your foot off the gas -
You coast to a stop -
And hope you don’t hit anything

I see my friend -
Who no longer goes to quilt shows -
Because trying to get into a booth -
Is virtually impossible -
Even the larger booths -
Have narrow aisles

I see my friend -
Who knows that “wheelchair accessible” -
And “scooter accessible” -
Are two entirely different things

I see my friend -
Who no longer travels -
Because most motels and hotels -
Only have a few handicap rooms -
And she has trouble reserving one -
Because some knucklehead posted a “tip” -
That - if you want a room with “more room” -
To reserve a handicap room -
And another knucklehead likes handicap rooms -
Because they have bigger bathrooms

I see my friend -
Who sits patiently waiting for the knuckleheads -
Of this world -
To need a scooter -

That’s what I see -
My friend



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Thursday, June 21, 2012

LHQSQ - Block #32


Another 6” sampler block -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

HST that FINISH at 2” -

Strips - cut 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” -

And 4-Patches that FINISH at 2" -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -

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Block #32 - Blue Chains In Red - ;))

EQ7 calls this block - Blue Chains -
So you can imagine it in blue if you want -
But - this is my version -
My quilt - and my color is RED - ;))

4 medium/light HST
3 medium/light 4-Patches
2 dark/medium/light 4-Patches




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dead Iron

Aw man!!

I KNEW the day would come -

SOMEDAY!!

But why NOW?!?!?

Yesterday -

My iron died - ;((


I LOVED my iron -

It was LEFT-HANDED -

And EVERYTHING - ;))

She had the cord coming from the middle of her back -

That made her LEFT-HANDED to me. ;))

She looked OK in the morning -

And she pressed a whole big length of fabric -

Before I had to fill her up again -

Then -

She started to LEAK -

BIG splotches -

ALL over -

She NEVER leaked -

WHAT was WRONG with her? -

I took a look -

She had a HOLE -

In her bottom!


How did THAT happen?

I didn't drop her -

There was no little piece of plastic -

On the floor -

Maybe it was just old age - ;))

Poor little iron -

She was such a GOOD little iron -

Had to empty her out -


And dig out her replacement -


Now I need -

A replacement for her replacement - ;))

And I had a hard enough time -

Finding the one I have -

So I need your help -

Do any of you know where I can get a new steam iron -

With NO AUTO-SHUT OFF -

And that doesn't cost a small fortune?

When I need to press something -

I want my iron to be ON!

I had a newer one and didn’t like it -

When I had been sewing for a while -

And tried to press something -

It had turned itself OFF!

That’s CRAP!!

I’m a grown-up -

And am perfectly capable of remembering -

To shut off my iron when I'm done -

I don't need it to do it FOR me - ;))

Anybody know where I can get -

An iron for a grown-up?



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

P.S. Go check out BOB’s two cents - it's on that peachy button over on the sidebar - you KNOW she has something to add - ;))



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

TUSAL - 6/19/12


I have joined over 350 other stitchers in Daffycat’s TUSAL -

A Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long

To play the game -

I have to fill my glass container -

With saved thread clippings -

Or ORTS - Old Ratty Threads -

Fabric trimmings -

Stitching cast-offs -


And then -

On the New Moon -

Take a picture of the ORTS in my jar -

Post it to my blog -

And label the Totally Useless posts with “TUSAL” -

Done - done - done - done - and done - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Monday, June 18, 2012

LHQSQ - Block #31

DESIGN WALL MONDAY -
Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. at Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))

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Another 6” sampler block -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

HST that FINISH at 2” -

Strips - cut 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” -

And 4-Patches that FINISH at 2" -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -

===

Block #31 - Rocky Road to California

2 medium squares
4 medium/light HST
3 medium/light 4-Patches




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Sunday, June 17, 2012

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!


I want to wish all of the fathers - brothers - uncles - grandfathers - etc.

a VERY HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!


My husband - and GREAT FATHER to our two kids -
and WONDERFUL GRANDFATHER to our grandkids -

Wants power tools again this year for Father's Day.

Rats!

He still doesn't want a long-arm quilting machine - ;))

Maybe next year.



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Saturday, June 16, 2012

Blogger Changes

Hey!! -

Blogger changed some stuff -

AGAIN!! -

Now the HTML screen is narrower -

Like the Compose screen -

CRAP!!

But -

The calendar on the right sidebar -

That you use to Schedule a post -

Now goes from Sunday to Saturday -

Like it's supposed to -

YAY!!

Maybe someone at Blogger -

Read my rant review - here -

Or not - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Friday, June 15, 2012

No-Reply Commenter - Another Reason Why


We all know that the #1 Reason for being a “No-Reply Commenter” -

Is NOT clicking the “Show Email Address” box on your Blogger Profile -

And we all know that the #1 Solution Is to CLICK the box - ;))

But did you know that -

You can CLICK the box -

And STILL come up as a “No-Reply Commenter”? -

It's TRUE -

If you leave a comment -

Using the “Name/Url” option -

You show as a "No-Reply Commenter" -

Try it out with a bloggy buddy -

CLICK the box on your Blogger Profile -

Then leave two comments on your buddy’s blog -

One using your Google Account -

And one using your Blogger “Name/Url” -

Ask your bloggy buddy if you come up as a “No-Reply” on either comment -

I’ll bet that you do on the second one - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Thursday, June 14, 2012

LHQSQ - Block #30


Another 6” sampler block -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

HST that FINISH at 2” -

Strips - cut 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” -

And 4-Patches that FINISH at 2" -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -

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Block #30 - Road to California (4-Patch Variation)

4 medium/light HST
5 dark/light 4-Patches




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

LHQSQ - Blocks - 30 - 31 - 32


My Left-Handed Quilter's Sampler Quilt -

LHQSQ - See the page/tab above -


So far -

Is comprised of 6” sampler blocks -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

HST that FINISH at 2” -

Strips - cut 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” -

And 4-Patches that FINISH at 2" -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -

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For the next three blocks -
I made up a bunch of puzzle pieces -

12 medium/light HST
2 medium/dark/light - 4-Patches
2 medium squares
5 dark/light - 4-Patches
6 medium/light - 4-Patches




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

LHQSQ - Block #29

My Left-Handed Quilter's Sampler Quilt -

LHQSQ - See the page/tab above -


So far -

Is comprised of 6” sampler blocks -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

HST that FINISH at 2” -

And Strips - cut 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -

This block will add -

4-Patches that FINISH at 2" -

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#29 - 4-Patch Chain

1 dark square
4 light squares
4 dark/light 4-Patches




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -





Monday, June 11, 2012

LHQSQ - Adding 4-Patches to the Mix

DESIGN WALL MONDAY -
Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. at Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))

============

Note - these instructions are written in LEFTISH.
If you are right-handed - just reverse the directions.
============

My Left-Handed Quilter's Sampler Quilt -

LHQSQ - See the page/tab above -


So far -

Is comprised of 6” sampler blocks -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

HST that FINISH at 2” -

And Strips - cut 1-1/2” x 2-1/2” -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -

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Now I’m going to add another element -

4-Patches that FINISH at 2”

Because -

4 squares that are 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” -

When sewn together -

Into a 4-Patch -

Will measure 2-1/2” square -

And FINISH at 2” -

Just like everything else - ;))


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You can cut them individually -

Or -

You can make strip sets -

Because -

2 strips that are 1-1/2” wide -

When sewn together -

Along the LONG side -

Can be cut into 1-1/2” segments -

And the segments can then be sewn -

Into a 4-Patch -

Which will FINISH at 2” square -

You can cut 4 segments from a 6-1/2” long strip set -
(1-1/2” x 4 = 6” plus some wiggle room)

Or 8 segments from a 12-1/2” long strip set -
(1-1/2” x 8 = 12” plus some wiggle room)

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For simplicity -

I will just list the number of 4-Patches -

That you will need to complete the block -

How you choose to cut and sew them -

Is entirely up to you - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Sunday, June 10, 2012

LHQSQ - Sashing & Cornerstones

My Left-Handed Quilter's Sampler Quilt -

LHQSQ - See the page/tab above -


So far -

Is comprised of 6” sampler blocks -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

HST that FINISH at 2” -

and Strips - cut 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -

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I’ve just been slapping these up on the wall -
As I went along - any which way -
And so far - I have this -



I figured that -
Before I got too far along -
I should start adding the sashing strips -
My Way - tell ya about that later - ;))

But - before I could DO that -
I would have to decide WHICH fabric to use -
For the sashing strips - ;))

I had pictured the GOLD in my head -
And on EQ7 - ;))


But I also liked the BROWN and the GREEN -


But they all seemed a bit too DARK for me -

And I didn’t want a DARK quilt this time -

So I went LIGHTER -

MUCH lighter -

The WHITE-ON-WHITE - looked a little TOO light -


And the OFF-WHITE/TAN - looked like it would be JUST RIGHT -


UNTIL I took this photo -

Then my Block #16 - Friendship Star - looked funny -

There was NO contrast between the background and the sashing -

SO -

I thought about it some more -

And tried it AGAIN - ;))

Pulled ANOTHER brown from my stash -


Pulled a CARAMEL colored one -


Tried the GOLD again -


And still couldn’t decide -

SO -

I tried one more thing -

I tried them all on the couch -
Where the final quilt would “live” -

And the CARAMEL won -

I like how it looks with the pillows -
That already live on the couch - ;))


And Brown #2 matches the coffee table -

So guess which one I chose for the cornerstones - ;))

Looks a bit plain right now -

But the blocks promise me -

That they will add a BUNCH of COLOR - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -









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