Wednesday night I took the last stitch and the butterfly kaleidoscope stars top is finished. All completely hand pieced. And every minute of it was pure enjoyment. It is approximately 55 x 84. I purposely did half stars at the … Continue reading
That’s what I used for the Drunkard’s Path basket block – a batik and an Asian shirting print. I wasn’t sure if they’d play together nicely, but I was determined to try my idea out. This is absolutely not what … Continue reading
We’re back!! My good friend Barb, at Just Sayin’ Sew, and I are once again simul-blogging (that’s what we’ve decided to call setting our blog posts to publish at the same time) with our Inklingo Star/Morse Star projects. I finished my … Continue reading
I was really trying to be good and focusing on finishing a few things, including the Morse Stars top, before I even began to think about a new project seriously. But then I saw the announcement of the Cross the … Continue reading
These little Patchwork of the Crosses blocks are very difficult for me to resist – each one made up of 24 little pieces that go together in no time. I think this is my favourite of the ones I’ve done … Continue reading
After working on those huge (well, okay – to me they’re huge at 18″) Morse Stars, I really needed to work on some tiny blocks. I’ve wanted to do something with the .75″ 90-degree hexagons for ages – basically ever since that Inklingo collection came out. And I had this group of fabrics that I immediately knew I wanted to use.
Some quick printing and cutting, including some fussy cutting/printing of the main fabric, and I had these wonderful little stacks of shapes just waiting to be stitched. And they were calling to me. Loudly!
So I just had to make one block.
And then another. They’re really, really hard to resist. Making one without making a second one is impossible for me. I love getting the special effects from the fussy cutting/printing.
The little blocks press like a dream. 24 little pieces in each little block that finishes at approximately 6″.
I’ve made blocks using the .50″, .75″, 1″ and 1.5″ 90-degree hexagons. For me right now the .75″ size is just right — not too big, not too small. And the best part? One load of stitches on the needle and each little seam is done. And the block is finished before I know it! And they’re very, very addictive. And it’s very hard to not keep playing with them. And even harder to not just keep arranging the shapes on my portable design book to see which effect I’ll get with the fussy-cut hexagons – that all by itself is really hard to resist! And I’m going to do a little more fussy cutting/printing of the deep beige fabric as I think I’ll get some super effects with it as well.
For now though, I’m back to making another Morse Star or two so that I can get that top finished relatively quickly. But it’s very nice to know I have the stack of those little 90-degree hexagons just waiting for me.
I’ve been debating what will be my baseball playoffs quilt project this year. I’d like to make a decision before the end of next week and then get the shapes printed, cut out and ready, just waiting in a project box, so that when the playoffs begin I’m ready. I think this year’s goal is to get whatever I decide to make done before the World Series is over.
“Do you smell something fishy?” That’s Mr. Q.O.’s caption for this shot of Jake.
Mr. Q.O. says Baxter looks grumpy in this shot. I think he looks contemplative.
When we started making the Inklingo Star/Morse Star blocks, Barb at Just Sayin’ Sew and I agreed that we’d blog simultaneously when we had finished another block or two. I never dreamt it would take me close to two weeks … Continue reading
It’s not the North Star. But it is two new stars – the Morse Star and the Inklingo Star. And they’re both fantastic fun to stitch. And to fussy cut/print. Continue reading
I know, I know – I just disappeared. There was really nothing to write about as I’ve been working diligently on the butterfly kaleidoscope star quilt while I was gone, but I’m waiting until the whole top is together before … Continue reading
Did you notice the spots in the mandala I showed earlier this week that appeared almost empty where the very pale pink was? I did. So did Mr. Q.O. And I couldn’t leave it like that. So rather than really … Continue reading