Almost, Very Nearly, Practically Perfect

Almost, Very Nearly, Practically Perfect

Approaching this block with many misgivings, I set out to conquer it. After the first one came out a bit too small (1/16 is allowable), I increased the large square to 9″, drew horizontal and vertical lines on the back of the 9″ square with a permanent marker, marked the centers of the inserts in the seam allowances on the right side, and though all of them are acceptable, the 6th one was very nearly perfect. The complementary color...

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Some Cacti

Some Cacti

It is busy, busy here, constructing the Dutchman’s Puzzle quilt from the February blocks that I won. Never one to take the easy way out, I am planning tiny little square in a square cornerstones. Wish me luck, no, make that wish me patience! For donation, I have made three cactus pot blocks.  These got easier and easier as I went along and they are so stinking cute! Without the time constraint, I could have made lots...

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Penultimate Pieces

Penultimate Pieces

Received Dutchman’s Puzzle blocks from Teresa in Texas on the 31st. One more to go and I can get started! They are going to be such a bright, happy quilt that even the waiting is fun. Passing by sometimes, I just sort through the pile, admiring all the fabrics and the nice straight edges, and thinking about cornerstones. Tiny pinwheels or tiny QSTs?...

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While I Wait

While I Wait

Here are 2 more Broken Dishes blocks, making a total of 5 for donation from...

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Only Four More

More Dutchman’s Puzzle blocks have been received from Cathy K., Cathy L, Christa, Julie M., Maree, Susan, and Barbara S. Only four more packages until I can start sewing them together! Hurry up, you know I am sitting here with absolutely nothing to work on until then...

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Love my mailman

Love my mailman

Many Dutchman’s Puzzle blocks have already arrived from Ginny, Karen B., Kathie, Kathy S. Marianne, Peggy M, and Nann. Sashing fabric has been purchased already and I am anxious to get started. While waiting, I have made 3 Broken Dishes for donation since I just won. There will be more of these, I have lots of blues. While searching my stash & scraps for some “Greenery” last month, I began to wonder why we never seem to...

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3 Puzzles

3 Puzzles

Only three blocks for my entry this month. Look closely and perhaps you can guess why. In my life as a semi-professional seam ripper, I have developed lots of time-saving techniques. Watch for my book: The Art of the Rip-Out....

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A Problem Solved

A Problem Solved

My favorite quilt style is Scrappy so I was delighted to see this month’s Lotto block continued the made fabric theme.  By January 3rd I had pulled out a mound of red scraps. January 9th came and I was still looking at the same mound. Why couldn’t I get started on what should be an easyblock? It took me three days to make the first heart and another week to make the second one. In the meantime, to avoid that pile of red, I cleaned...

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A Fly on the Wall …

A Fly on the Wall …

…saw many famous designers mingling at Block Lotto last night. Noticed: AMH & KF cozied up harmoniously ; strange partnerships being formed in every corner. Excitement builds as we await the December Finale where a masterpiece of collaboration is the expected...

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Surprise! Dresdens Are Easy.

Surprise! Dresdens Are Easy.

Dresden Plate blocks have always looked super time consuming, so I was delighted to find these going together quickly. After my rough start, that is. My first tries were too big, the fans reached way up past the top trim and did not meet the right side edge. Quite a lot of investigation followed, beginning with careful checking of my seam allowances and ending with some Illustrator geometry.  When I re-drew the fan template 1/8″ shorter...

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Where Did August Go?

Where Did August Go?

Actually, what has happened to this whole year? 2016 has just flown by. I will only have this one entry into the drawing for September. The dark areas in the red fabric are a very dark red, not black. I checked the colors in the selvedge before using. I have already mailed the Split 9 Patch I made in August and managed to make 4 Barn Doors for my Sampler.  Gee, that sounds so organized; if only the rest of my days were so...

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