Rainy Day

The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My belief is that the best thing one can do when it is raining is quilt.
We have had a Saturday of beautiful, steady, peaceful, rain.
After reading a bit, I proceeded to indulge in a Rainy Day Saturday of quilting.

I need about four more blocks to complete what is needed for the Hope quilt.
These are the blocks I made today.
There was hardly any gray and pink material left, so I had to choose blocks that did not require more fabric than I had.
This was a bit of a challenge, but it worked out.
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Block #138 Floating Square

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Block #142 Octagon Check

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Block # 141 Corner Cross

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Block #144 Shoofly

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Block # 139 Overlap
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Block #148 Checks

Day 62

On January 1, I began the project of making a quilt block a day.
The blocks are from Block a Day, by Lucinda Ganderton.

When I started, my OCD kicked into high gear, and I was focused on making one block each day, in order.
I finally gave myself permission to take a break, and even skip around.
Instead of setting a goal to finish all 365 blocks, I set the goal to learn new skills with each block.

I designed a Tribute to Tonie quilt, using 35 of the blocks.
Some of the blocks were used to make totes and pillows.
Some were given to a friend.
At this time, I am making a quilt called Hope. I am using 25 different block patterns.

Today is day 62, and I have made a total of 57 blocks.
Considering that I have gone out-of-town a few times, and I was sick with the flu for two weeks,
I feel good about making 57 blocks.

More importantly, I do believe I have learned many new skills.
The mistakes that I made in the process of piecing the Tribute quilt, have already been corrected.
I can see improvement in the blocks I am making for the Hope quilt.
The cutting, seams, and piecing are more accurate.
I am also finding it easier to make squares such as the following:
flying geese, boat squares, hourglass squares,pin wheel square, stitch and flip, diamond squares, and house squares.
There are a few more squares in the book that I have either not gotten enough practice. or done at all.

Many of the remaining blocks are repeats and variations of what I have done already.
There are some scrappy blocks that I do not see a need to make.
After I finish this Hope quilt, I will make a few more of the blocks; but I think I have already achieved my goal of learning more skills.There might not be any more new skills to acquire in the remaining blocks.
I can benefit from the practice, but it would probably be more effective to practice by making other projects.

This book has been a great resource.
It has even helped me learn how to calculate how much fabric I need for projects.
Another plus is that I am using my fabric stash!

These are the blocks I made today for the Hope quilt:
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Block #111 North Star
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Block #228 

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Block #170 Churn Block

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Block # 247 #4 Square Block 

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Block #122 Bauhaus Block

More Birds

Today is Dr. Seuss Day.
Each year, this was one of the best events in my classroom.
We celebrated all week.
Reading, Writing, Math, Art…Everything Seuss!
I’m even wearing my Cat in the Hat Shirt today.
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I celebrated appropriately, and then came home to make more bird blocks.

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Block #63 Log Cabin

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Block #66 Nine-Patch Cross
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Block #79:Double 4 Patch
( I goofed again on the cutting, so this is an adapted version.
Not to happy with it…so it might be pitched.)

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Block #94:Four Patch
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Block #107 Balancing Blocks

 

 

Birds

bbUse what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke

In my past few visits to quilt stores, I have been looking at different quilt rulers.
The rulers I have purchased have certainly made a difference in my cutting.
I have not yet ordered more templates for the AcuQuilt, since I really do not know which set would be the best purchase for me at this time.
While at the Poppy Quilt and Sew in Georgetown, I once again considered a Stripology Grid Ruler.
My friend, Nancy, said she had one.
After reviewing tutorials on the Stripology Ruler, I decided to purchase one.
It arrived today.

So far, I still do not know if I like it.
The strips are more accurate, but I have difficulty using either one of my rotary cutters.
They both seem to jam on me at the start.
I will practice some more on this tomorrow.
If I get this to work, I will begin to cut the fabric for the Transformer quilt.

In the meantime, I have made two more blocks from Lucinda Ganderton.
I used one of the other bird fabrics that I purchased.

After making these two blocks, I am definitely going to make a quilt.
I have two other bird fabrics, plus all of my scraps.
It would probably be better to plan the whole quilt before starting to make one…but I have always worked by the seat of my pants. Well, maybe not better…but that is how I work.
So, I am designing as I make the blocks…the Design as You Go method!:)
I’ll keep on quilting, in my own way; and my sewing room will not be silent. bb

These are bird blocks I have so far.
Yesterdays blocks:
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Today’s blocks:
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Hope

Hope is the thing with feathers  
That perches in the soul,  
And sings the tune without the words,  
And never stops at all,  
   
And sweetest in the gale is heard;          
And sore must be the storm  
That could abash the little bird  
That kept so many warm.  
   
I’ve heard it in the chillest land,  
And on the strangest sea;         
Yet, never, in extremity,  
It asked a crumb of me.

Emily Dickinson

This is one of my favorite poems.
It came to mind as I made two blocks from Lucinda Ganderton’s book, Block a Day.
I decided to use some of the pretty bird fabric that I purchased on a whim.
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Block #42 : Three Squares
I made a mistake, so I added border to make a 12.5 inch block.

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Block #45: 5 of Diamonds

 

This might become another quilt project. 😉

Quilt ’til You Wilt!

Yesterday’s visit to the Quilt Market inspired me to get to work.
Today, I was determined to finish adding the vertical sashes to the remaining four rows.
I spent the morning cleaning up and redoing some blocks, and adding border to others.
There is one block that I want to replace, but I am waiting for the fabric I ordered.
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In the meantime, I will finish making the 9-patch squares that I need.
I will also start adding the vertical sash to the rows that are completed.
The pink and white vertical sash for the four inner blocks still needs to be pieced.
But I will wait until tomorrow.
I have surpassed my limit for today.
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Thursday Goodies

Today was a day of errands that ended up being a day of goodies.
We happened to be near JoAnn’s, and I happened to have my coupons.
I told my husband we would just take a quick walk-through to see if anything called my name.
Well, I heard my name.
I found these beautiful bird fabrics.
Even though I have no project (s) in mind, I could not pass these up.
I was only going to get half a yard, and my husband said to get a yard, so I did!
The bonus was the 60% coupon!
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There are a couple of blocks that I made for the Tribute quilt that I am considering replacing.
I love looking through Block a Day.
Today, I found Block #360, Tulip Lady Fingers.
Mom loved pink tulips, and I had plenty of pink fabric.
I had planned to use  a garden block that I had previously made, but I was going to have to redo some of the seams.
I replaced it with the Tulip Block.
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Block #360, Tulip Lady Fingers
The fourth row is now vertically sashed.
It is being sashed with pink, in order to spotlight it.
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I also ordered some fabric from eQuilters.
It is a colorful fabric with movie cameras and projectors.
The name of the fabric is Let Me Entertain You.
Mom loved to watch movies.
Her favorite was Random Harvest with Ronald Coleman and Greer Garson.
She is my favorite actress, and I must admit, I love this corny movie.
I love to watch old movies.

Taking a Break

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” — Maya Angelou

It was a good decision to take a two-day break from the Tribute quilt.
I realize that quilting is not a serious problem…however…
I have been allowing myself to be stressed by the difficulties I am encountering on this Tribute quilt.
It was nice to have two days without having to problem solve the next step on assembling the quilt.
Also, I had a chance to speak with a quilting friend.
She listened to my concerns, then she showed me a quilt that she was assembling.
I thought the quilt top was beautiful.
Then she showed me the seams.
They looked like the seams on my quilt!
I felt better.

The Rainbow Heart quilt is finished and ready to mail.
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          Quilt Carry Bag

 

I spent a few minutes looking over the remaining blocks for the Tribute quilt.
There were a couple of blocks that I am thinking of replacing.
So, I looked through the Block a Day  book once again.
I found Block #188, Patience Block.
How appropriate!
Mom always told me that patience was a virtue that I did not have.
Of course we laughed, because she was Ms. Impatient!
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Block #188 Patience Block
If I place this block in the quilt, I will have to make a different block to replace the Kitchen Work block, since it is also green and similar in design.