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Current WIPS in the Wife Cave

Organization is good,  right?  Right?!?

I just got my Blind Tiles quilt back from the long arm quilter today.  She did such a wonderful job on it! 

Pixie claimed it within 30 seconds of me pulling it out of the bag and putting it on the cutting table.

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I need to trim it up then get the binding on.  Wonder how far I can get tonight.  🙂 I guess it depends if Pixie will give it back.

In order to trim it,  I had to unearth my cutting table from the mountain of WIPS and other craft related items.  I forgot how big the table actually was!

In doing so, I decided maybe I should gather up all my WIPS and kind of organize them.  I laid them out on one of my other tables.

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I actually think there’s more,  but I’m not in the mood to reorganize the fabric and yarn shelves right now. And the other table.  And the desk.  And. .. we will just leave it at that. Yeah.  Hehe.

In the picture-
Top left: curtains for the guest bedroom.  I need to put a sleeve at the top for the curtain rod of each plus hem them.

Top middle: quilt top that I’m working out the design on. 

Top right: my very first quilt started at least 7 years ago that I finally finished the top on recently,  other than borders.  Need to put the borders on then get it quilted.

Back to the left,  the small pile of light color material.  Those are the 9 patches that are in progress from my grandma’s fabrics.  It’s hard to work on it at times. Memories.

Bottom left: squares for a quilt top made with HSTS in batik and stone chip fabrics. 

Bottom middle :  the 9 block lap quilt I threw together one night.  Needs the pieced bordered added once I figure out my measurements and which order I want each piece.

Bottom right (just above the small stack of fabrics): the braided chain pattern.  I have a placemat done,  table runner mostly done.  I’m working on placing the photos into the pattern (learning new software,  so it’s taking a little longer).

Very bottom : stack of fabrics for another design percolating in my brain.  (Percolating…. I made myself giggle . …it’s coffee fabrics! ).

What’s on your table right now?  Do you have ADHD too? 
Or as I talked about in another post…Squirrel! !

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Blind Tiles – Original Quilt Design

A few months ago,  my hubby and I went out to eat at a local restaurant.  While we were standing there waiting,  I was studying the tile floor and I started to see a pattern that appealed to me.  So I sketched it real quick in my notebook that I keep in my purse.

Later when we got home,  I grabbed some grid paper and started working on a design.  It changed quite a bit from the floor pattern,  as that did not make up “blocks”.

The result was a 7 different fabric,  21 piece block.  3 different size squares, one each of each color.

I made up a test block, using fabric from my stash,  to see how I liked the pattern.

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With the border I used,  which I think is around 2″, the finished size of this test block is 33×33″. I should have paid more attention to what sides my borders were on.

I have to say,  I was pretty happy with the resulting design.  So… I went fabric shopping!

I copied the pattern I made,  got out the colored pencils,  and started coloring in the blocks.  Then i played with the arrangement of the four pattern blocks.
I made up 4 identical blocks with fabric.

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Then i played around again with how to arrange them.  I came up with roughly 9 different ways these blocks could be arranged into a quilt top. I’ll share a couple here:

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(Sorry about the wrinkles. I think I was rushing the day I took these pictures).

That was about 7 months ago.  And the blocks just sat on the shelf,  whining occasionally  when I would cruise through the Wife Cave. Little fabric tears running down the shelves.  The occasional side  flipping over the edge trying to escape.

Sunday night,  I decided to finally put the blocks together.

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(I’m horrible about not noticing the wrinkles until I go to post, I see. It doesn’t help that the cats love to dive bomb and slide across anything I’m trying to take a picture of so I need to rush to get a photo without them in it).
This was the block arrangement I finally settled on.

[I also put together the strips for another quilt top but I’ll shares that one in another post later.]

Monday,  I went up to Sew Crazy and picked out the fabrics for the borders for both quilt tops.

Tonight,  borders were added to Blind Tiles.

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Ta-da!

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My first original design for a quilt top!  Finished quilt size is roughly 66×66″ before quilting and binding.

Why the name Blind Tiles? Well,  the restaurant we were at that night has the word Blind in the name.  And the design was inspired by the tile floor.  🙂

I am working on making the pattern easy to follow.  I will let you know when it is ready.

We Have Success! Tuesday To Do

I actually accomplished a few things since last Tuesday!

First, time to update the list:

To Do List:

*Make up CQJP bare blocks. Embroider them as needed for each month. – no progress, I’m slacking on this (in my defense, the basement is freezing! And that’s where my sewing machine is. So I don’t get down there as often as I’d like).

*Finish 6 more embroidered blocks for ‘secret project’. – 1 done as of tonight, 6 to go.

*Make curtains for office windows. – DONE

*Paint my office. – no progress, this is actually waiting until summer when I have a break in work.

*Continue working on story. – no progress, unless you count making the decision to remove/kill off a character earlier and change the last 10 pages completely.

*Get my Turning Twenty Again quilts quilted then the binding done. – quilt is at the quilter, still.

*Figure out a different project for HSTs (instead of curtains). – I’m thinking pillows for the living room.

*Sew together the 4 large blocks from my personal pattern and get it bordered. Put together a written pattern. – Pattern is in progress still.

*Create/design some wall-hangings for my office. – I have my sketch book handy and have added a few ideas to it.

*Design and make a hussif/sewing roll/sewing caddy – design is drawn. Now to pick out fabrics.  My hubby added a detail to the design that I’m not sure I can work in…he drew in a ninja sword.

* This item somehow wasn’t on the list : Finish secret project for hubby – DONE.

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I had an item that I somehow forgot to put on my original list (I just added it up top), but I finished it this afternoon. It was a “secret squirrel” project, meaning a gift that I couldn’t show on the blog in case the giftee saw it. Since it was for my hubby, it is now in his possession as of this evening. I will do a post on that project later but I will show a sneak peak of it:

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Can you guess what it is? Haha

I also have another sneak peek of the secret squirrel project that is in the To Do List still:

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I had planned to do a post on the Tinyass Fancy Hat but I’ll just share what pictures I have here. In the first picture below, the pieces are just pinned on as I was deciding what I wanted to have on it. The second picture is finished, although the dangly beads may come off:

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My mom’s hats are much fancier. But I’m pretty happy with my first hat attempt.

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Updated To Do List:

*Make up CQJP bare blocks. Embroider them as needed for each month. – no progress, I’m slacking on this (in my defense, the basement is freezing! And that’s where my sewing machine is. So I don’t get down there as often as I’d like).

*Finish 6 more embroidered blocks for ‘secret project’. – 1 done as of tonight, 6 to go.

*Paint my office. – no progress, this is actually waiting until summer when I have a break in work.

*Continue working on story. – no progress, unless you count making the decision to remove/kill off a character earlier and change the last 10 pages completely.

*Get my Turning Twenty Again quilts quilted then the binding done. – quilt is at the quilter, still.

*Figure out a different project for HSTs (instead of curtains). – I’m thinking pillows for the living room.

*Sew together the 4 large blocks from my personal pattern and get it bordered. Put together a written pattern. – Pattern is in progress still.

*Create/design some wall-hangings for my office. – I have my sketch book handy and have added a few ideas to it.

*Make a hussif/sewing roll/sewing caddy –  Now to pick out fabrics.  My hubby added a detail to the design that I’m not sure I can work in…he drew in a ninja sword.

* Throw Pillows – one is listed above and will be made with my HSTs. I have another one that is in the works (i.e. the fabric is cut) that I just need to sew up real quick using brick patterned fabric. The inspiration for this one came from Gwyn up at Sew Crazy.

* Make the curtain for the guest/spare bedroom – I have the fabric and know what size, I just need to decide on a pattern to do.

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If you have a Tuesday To Do, or any To Do list, how is yours looking?

Learning Appliqué

After having yet another idea stewing in my brain for a couple months, I finally decided a) I needed to start it, b) the design had to change a bit, and c) I need to learn appliqué if I want to have this turn out as pictured in my head.

But since I do want this to kind of be a surprise for someone, I can’t share the whole idea with you. Yet.

I can, however, show you a couple bits and pieces of my work without giving the whole thing away.

Right now the pieces are ironed on with fusible but I have not started the hand sewing yet.

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Above is a pond, or lake, with some boulders.

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This one (above), once I add the detail work, will be modeled after the house I grew up in.

The wallhanging will consist of three panels. The pictures above are two pieces from the first two panels.

Have I stirred your imagination yet?

 

ETA: Sorry about the sideways picture, not sure why my phone did that, but it wont let me fix it either.

Couple More 9-Patches and a Not-Square Crazy Square

I’ve been on a sewing kick the past couple nights. Besides the two FrankenPatch dolls, I also made a couple more 9-patch squares for my quilt that I’m making from my inherited fabrics.

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I also have several strips of 3 blocks that are waiting to be joined.

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For some reason, maybe the excessive sweltering heat here for the past few weeks, but my mind wandered toward fall colors this afternoon. A dive into my fabric stash and I found five fabrics that I thought went well together. Out of each I cut a strip that was 2″ wide and between 12-18″ long.

Using up each strip, I made a crazy square. Well…it’s not really a square! But it is crazy style.

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I love the look of these fabrics together.

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Fabric Laundry Bag

I’ve had an idea rolling around in my brain for awhile now. Honestly, it’s been rolling and flipping and flopping for about five months.

Back in the winter time I saw a fabric laundry hamper with three sections, one for darks, one for whites/lights, and one for reds (at least that’s how I would separate them). I almost picked it up. Then I thought, hey, I could make one. Duh!

But the dilemma has been, how to make it into three sections like the one at the store. I’m not that experienced with sewing (I’m better now than I was but still I feel like I’m a beginner).

And I decided, why not just make it three individual sections? Three completely separate fabric hampers. Ah ha! I can do that! (I think…).

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So I picked out some fabric from my stash. This is from what I inherited from my Grandma. Press, measure, cut, sew up the two sides. Then try to remember how to square the bottom corners. (mom I remembered!)

While I was working on one piece, Penny decided to help me.

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Look at my beginner corners:

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Once I had the basic bag ready I turned my thoughts to handles. Originally I was going to do thinner ties but after a few practice attempts I said screw it and I made wide ties:

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After the ties were attached, I hung the bag up and looked at it. Something glaring stood out. While I hadnt intended on adding a lining, it really needed one. So I added a lining. It wasn’t added “properly” in the process as it was an after-thought but I’m happy with how it turned out:

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And here it is with some (clean) laundry in it to show you it’s purpose better:

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The advantages with this bag over the store bought one? Besides the obvious (it’s handmade)…
1) when it’s full of dirty clothes I can just untie the ties and carry the bag downstairs.
2) I can toss it easily over my shoulder and not worry about not seeing where I’m going when going down the steps.
3) it’s washable! I can throw it right in with the load of dirty clothes and then use it to carry the clean clothes back up the stairs!

A Wandering Path, and a Rowboat

I added two more elements to my landscape square. Thread details are…at home of course. But the thread used for these two elements are all DMC.

I added a wandering path going from the beach back to the horizon:

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Of course now I have to go back and make my trees a little bigger since my path is bigger than I envisioned. Oh well, just means more tree practice!

The second piece added is part of a rowboat in the bottom right corner:

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