Finishing 3rd

With another move ahead of us, I am going to finish up some UFO’s before we disassemble the Gammill and pack up the fabric stash.

The house is in good shape from repairs, cleaning, etc. for the appraiser and we enjoyed having friends over on Sunday for brunch. I had several bits of time this past week to get this UFO top complete. It is the 3rd of 4 projects from last summer’s retreat with Jenny Doan. These were the blocks I made at the retreat…the pattern is “Chopped Block” and can be found in the MSQC magazine BLOCK, Late Summer 2014 Vol. 1, issue 4. The fabrics are from jelly strips in the Desert Rose collection by Island Batik.

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With all the blocks made, here was the design laid out (hung up?!) on the design wall…

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The next step was to sew the blocks into rows…then sew the rows together.

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I used my super (cheap-o) row numbering pins to keep from losing my (mind) place…

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as I sewed the rows together…

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And now the last side of the outer border is sewn on…the end is close!!

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A little pressing and ta-da!!! One almost queen sized FINISHED quilt top!! Woohoo!! 🙂

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It measures approx. 81 x 90…a generous full size but add another row and it would easily fit this queen bed. The pattern stated it would finish 82 x 93″…well, close enough! Finishing the 3rd project is better than perfectly sized. Once it is quilted, bound, and washed…it will be so super soft and warm…and perfect for someone! 😉

It is so colorful and bright after a gray, rainy weekend! Now to get the backing fabric and batting so I can let the quilting magic happen! I hope your Monday was just as productive!

Have a great week!

Aloha!

 

 

From scraps come Falling Charms!

The past weekend here in Norman, OK, USA was W-I-N-D-Y! What better excuse to stay in and sew? My scrap busting continues with the wonky pineapple blocks I started. I am up to a baker’s dozen – 13 – whoohoo!

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But, I needed a break from the stop and start of paper-piecing to do some power sewing! Sewing with pre-cut strips and a small charm pack from the stash tub would cure the need for speed! I had scraps from a previous project including binding! Yay!

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So with a 32 ct. charm pack and left-over fabric for 4 blocks and 11 white strips from a jelly roll, I took off and started this quick and easy “Falling Charms” top.  A great tutorial for this pattern is here from Missouri Star Quilt Co.! Aren’t their tutorials awesome?!~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KkpbFKBaKA

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So in just a few hours, I had 36 blocks assembled and sewn together to make 6 rows! I will sew the rows together, add a border around it to make the blocks “float” and add that green binding! I will probably piece a back from the remaining scraps, too!

All in all, a productive day and I made a tiny dent in the scrap heap! I even did a few loads of laundry in between so today I can (fingers crossed) finish the top and maybe get the backing pieces together without domestic diva duties interrupting (fingers crossed on the OTHER hand!!! )

Happy Monday!

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