It’s Saturday Again…

I’m way behind on my posting. Here’s what’s on my design wall and has been for the past week. I just didn’t to post until now. Hopefully, it will be gone by Monday.

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I had this pastel fabric and didn’t know what to do with it, but I do have three baby quilts to make so I was playing with nine-patches. I think this will work with white 3″ squares and a pink border for one of the girl quilts. I’m finding pastels are not my thing.

I read on Kathy’s blog (which she read about on Sue’s blog) about the “Power of 10”. I think I need to follow this to finish some of these UFO’s that are piling up. I will put together my list of top 10 projects and post it here to stay on top of it.

I need to find a way not to get bored with one project, so here’s the to-do list I made for myself last night to accomplish this weekend:

1. Finish binding my OTR. It’s 3/4 of the way done. DONE!

2. Cut one set of place mats for my bf Kathleen. She chose several fabrics that she would like place mats from out of my stash of florals.

3. Cut white 3 1/2″ squares for the baby quilt above. Decide if I want them to be on a white background or a colored background. I’ll try them out on some yardage before I start cutting 3 1/2″ squares. The answer is I don’t like it any way I try it. I’m going to put these nine-patches away for awhile and see if something else comes to me. Instead, I pulled some other fabrics for perhaps making a very bright baby quilt using the Crazy Eights pattern I have. More tomorrow when I put some pieces on my wall.

4. Finish making the nine-patches for the baby quilt above. DONE!

5. Pull out the fabric for the 2009 Squishie Swap at Quilts Your Way and start pulling fabrics from my stash.

6. Sew units 4 and 5 for the Christmas Lights mystery. And, then I’ll have all of the first part done. DONE!

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So now all of Part 1 is finished and I’m just waiting for the next issue of Quiltmaker with Part 2!!! I got the last issue right around the 1st of June so maybe I’ll get the next one around the 1st of August.

7. Add the first border to Jared Takes a Wife. This will be the purple fabric.

Notice, most of these are small tasks that will take about an hour or so. This way I will feel that I’ve accomplished a lot! I’ll try to post pictures as I finish each one of these.

What are you working on this weekend?

Judy’s Quiltathon

I’ve been away from my blog AND quilting pretty much all month. Not only that, I realized yesterday I have not made ANY fabric purchases this month. NONE NADA I can’t believe it. So I’m being very careful these last few days of March so I can keep my record in tact.

OTR with borders
OTR with borders

I actually started the quilting weekend last night. I got the final two flying geese borders on my OTR quilt. Then I cut and sewed together the final 3″ border to go outside the flying geese. I will get that sewn on this morning.

Next on my plate is to make up some quilt as you go squares from scraps. I’ve been wanting to try these for a charity quilt. I get bored easily when my quilt tops are done, so I need to inject some piecing in between.

I also have all the 4 patches ready for Bonnie’s Jared Takes a Wife. I may add the next round on each of those this weekend too. Lot’s to do. So I better get off the computer.

OTR Ready to Quilt…

OTR Top
OTR Top

Here’s my finished OTR top. I’ve sandwiched and pinned the middle and it’s ready to quilt. I’m trying the quilt as you go method so I’ll add the borders after the middle is quilted. I’ve got my flying geese for the border already made and joined together. Just waiting for the top to be quilted.

As you can see, I used controlled scraps. All browns, golds, dark reds, blacks, with a few dark blues and greens thrown in. No new yardage in the top. I’ve got a nice variegated thread in the same colors as the top.

Now I need ideas how to quilt this top. Should I meander, use a grid, a cross-hatch? This is the part that slows me down. Deciding. I know there are no quilt police looking over my shoulder.

Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear your ideas or how you quilted your OTR.

Weekend update

Just a quick update. I finished piecing OTR. Yay. I actually had to make 10 more pinwheels, but I had plenty of four-patches. I realized when looking at the pattern today, I made all my pinwheels backwards from the way Bonnie did them. Oh, well, I’m certainly not doing them over. It is what it is. No one will ever notice but me. Oops, now I’ve told the world…

I’ve got about six long seams to connect the final few rows and the top middle will be finished. It won’t all fit on my wall, so I’ll have to take a pic when I can get it laid out on the floor.

OTR is all I worked on today, so nothing else to report on. Back to work tomorrow. Dont’ know how much time I’ll have to work on this during this week. I’ll be out 3 nights and off to see my grandkids for part of next weekend.

Have a great week everyone.

Super Bowl Weekend Progress

Well it’s the end of the day on Saturday and here’s my progress. I’ve finished piecing and assembling my Double Delight. I’m really happy with it. But I’m going to take a break before I choose and attach the borders. I know I said in a previous post I wasn’t going to use the on-point setting, but I changed my mind. The setting triangles are all the same pink. I really like the way it turned out.
So now I’m working on Old Tobacco Road. I’ve had a lot of the pinwheels and four patches done for several months now, so I started cutting the bricks and assembling the top from the upper left corner. Here’s how far I got this evening.It’s pretty scrap color controlled. I’m keeping it to the golds, browns, blacks, very dark reds, with a few dark blues and greens thrown in. It took me a long time to decide if I even wanted to make this quilt. Now, I’m glad I am; as usual with Bonnie’s patterns.
I really want to join everyone tomorrow with a Strip Twist. But I can’t decide if I want it scrappy or controlled colors. I pulled these batiks thinking they might work nicely in the Strip Twist pattern. I’d love to hear opinions from all of you before I actually cut into them.
More on my progress tomorrow.

I know so many of you are freezing, suffering power outages, ice, and snow. But, I just have to say here in the SF Bay Area, we are experiencing spring-like weather. I know I should be thankful we don’t have the severe weather the rest of the country experiences, but boy I sure would like some winter. We really need the rain.

Warm wishes and prayers to all those who are suffering with the winter storms and power outages.

Old Tobacco Roads Mystery

I couldn’t resist another one of Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilts. I haven’t even finished the borders on my Orange Crush yet. Sheesh, another UFO to add to the stack.

This weekend Bonnie is hosting another mystery, Old Tobacco Roads. I started on Part 1 on Friday night. Here’s what my controlled scrappy four-patch units look like.

I certainly don’t have all 182 4-patches done or even finished cutting them. But I’m slowly working on it. I really needed to spend yesterday getting my granddaughters quilt to the sandwich stage, which I did. More later today.