Piecing · Sew Alongs · Triangles Quilt

New Sew Along

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Roseanne and Sue @ Home Sewn By Us is hosting their second sew along.  It is my favorite kind, no pressure and no time limits.  They provide plenty time to complete our quilts.  From time to time she also shares shares our progress on her blog.

On their last one, I didn’t join until a month or so in and I was still able to complete it in time for their final post.  This one is even better because we can choose from three different patterns.

 

Others who have joined the sew along is as follows:

I’ve chosen Triangles.  A couple of weeks ago in preparation of this I purchased a Creative Grids 60 Degree Double Strip Ruler Template.  I really like the stickies it has on the back so the ruler doesn’t shift as easily during cutting.  I also thought it would make quicker work of cutting all those triangles.

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Then last week I made my way to my local fabric shop and purchased fabrics.  I had a great time with the help of the ladies who work there choosing our favorite combinations. Please see my choices.  I’m really pleased and think they will make a great looking quilt.

Triangles Quilt Fabric

Take a look at the ruler in action.  See how many triangles you can cut without moving the ruler. This is just fantastic.

Triangle Ruler

It did make quick work of the cutting.  I sliced all the fabric strips according to the directions at 4 1/2″ each.  Then used the 60 degree ruler to cut the triangles.  I got all these triangles cut in about three hours which is pretty quick for me.  Take a look at the piles of triangles ready for stitching.

Triangles Cut

I hope my quick start will continue, but I have a couple other projects I’m working on.  I’ll try to devote a little time to each as I go along.

I hope you also like my fabric choices and can’t wait to see what the others who have joined have chosen.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

 

 

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Nostalgia Twist · OMG · Paper Piecing · Piecing

A Goal for July 2018

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I’ve been working on the pattern testing I’m doing for Denise @ For the Love of Geese.  The pattern is called Nostalgia Twist and it is a foundation pieced quilt. So far, I’m very please with my progress.  It seems to be going together very well.  I have not found any issues with the pattern as of yet.  It is very well written and easy to understand.

Below you can see my vision.  I am going for the nautical theme where there is the mariner’s compass in the center and it is surrounded by water and sky in blue.

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I put the center compass together and WOW, I was stunned by the results.  My points were nearly perfect.  Not exact, but good enough for me.  Something I could not have come close to by regular piecing.

Compas

I’ve been trudging along and have been able to add another row.  Keep in mind that it takes a little longer to paper piece.  I find this is due to not being able to chain piece.  If you count the time you would have taken to cut the block out the cutting after each piece is almost the same.  Here is what it looks like now.

Row 1

The next row of geese are made and waiting to be sewn together and added to the quilt top.  Row 2 Geese

So for my goal for July, I’d like to complete this geese row and also add the next row of square in a square and mountains.  I am hopeful that this is an achievable goal since July is shaping up to be a busy month.  The grass and weeds seem to be growing at an alarming rate and it’s hard to keep on top of it.  We mowed grass yesterday and it is expected to rain everyday for the rest of the week.  The grass will the be out of control in no time.  Our Fourth of July may have to be an inside one.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

Disappearing Hour Glass · OMG · Piecing

June’s OMG Done

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Earlier this month I linked up my goal for June.  It was to finish my disappearing hour-glass quilt top.  You can see the post here.

I’m glad to announce that I’ve met my goal for June.  It ended up bigger than I expected, but I am enjoying all the cheery colors in it.  It was a bit windy out so I had a hard time taking the picture.

Disappearing Hour Glass Quilt top

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

Piecing · Pinwheel Roudabout

Pinwheel Roundabout BOM

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I wanted to show off our Quilt Club’s May blocks on our Pinwheel Roundabout Pattern from Marti Mitchell.

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May’s block was called Echoes.  I pulled the fabrics that were already precut for ease and quickness.

May Block Fabric

I then used the templates and cut the fabric according to the instructions.

May Block Fabric Cut

The corners and sides of the blocks pieced with the middle square.

May Block small blocks

Finally, the block finished.

May Block

Here are block’s from others in my club.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

Nostalgia Twist · Paper Piecing · Piecing

Pattern Testing for a Friend

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A while back I was asked to test a foundation pieced pattern.  It was the first time I had ever tried that technique, but I jumped right in the project.  I thought the pattern was gorgeous and it looked pretty intense for a newbie.  I learned very quickly that paper piecing was very different from regular piecing.  However, the pattern was clear and easy to follow.  Denise uses a strip method that I’ve come to appreciate. Please take a look at her tutorial.  The only way I can explain it is that you cut strips of fabric that you can fit the template in.  I’m only a novice, but I don’t find there is as much wasted fabric.

Here’s the link to the pattern.  You can see my progress on it here.

Well, here is my finished quilt.

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And here is Denise’s.  paper-pieced-quilt

So now I am doing another pattern test for her.  It is called the Nostalgia Twist.  You can see her example in progress here.  And a quick picture.

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When she sent me the pattern, I mentioned it would look good in green and I would probably use the colorway.  Since she already had my idea, I’ve decided on something a little different.  So, please take a look at mine. I’ve done the mariner’s compass in the primary colors and will do the rest in blue and white.

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The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

Disappearing Hour Glass · OMG · Piecing

A Goal For June

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I see we have skipped spring and dove right into summer down here.  It is projected to be near 100 degrees this weekend.  I’ll just have to stay inside and quilt.  That’s just fine with me.  I’ll sit on the porch first thing in the morning to drink my coffee and run inside by 10 am.

I had a bit of trouble with my car this week.  I’m always disappointed when that happens.  I got into it to go to lunch the other day and it just wouldn’t start.  I had to call a tow truck to bring it home.  Thankfully, I have a pretty handy husband and I’m confident he will be able to fix it.  I have to use the big truck in the meantime.  I do prefer my zippity do da car though.

Tow

So enough with the drama let’s talk about happier things.  I have a fantastic niece that will be in the fifth grade next year.  She has decided to join the band.  I mentioned to her Mom that I had an ancient flute from my time in the band.  It has a couple of issues but I thought that if she chose that instrument, it might be less expensive to fix it than to purchase a new one.  I was correct and it’s nearly $800 cheaper.  I’m honored and excited to give it to her and be a part of her life.  Her dress up day at school.

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Back in February, I started working on a disappearing hour-glass quilt.  I’m following a Jenny Doan tutorial on You Tube.  Click this link to take a look.

I chose a layer cake I had around the house for this quilt and made some half square triangles.

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Then as instructed I made some hour-glass blocks and then sliced them apart.

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Next, I put them back together in this star pattern.

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Now I have all these blocks.  So my OMG for June is to complete the quilt top.

Block

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

2018 Finishes · OMG · Quilting · Regatta Quilt

OMG May Achieved

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I’ve achieved my goal for May.  It was to finish my Regatta Quilt.  Drum roll please.

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I joined Roseanne’s Regatta QAL.  It was a no pressure QAL in which there were no time limits so I didn’t feel like I had to rush to catch up or even keep up.  Many have already finished theirs and I am as always running behind.  It seemed like it was an easy pattern from Block M Quilts so I joined in the party.  You can see my piecing progress here and my quilting progress here.  Roseanne mentioned she will have a final blog to show everyone’s quilt coming up.  I can’t wait to see them all.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie