Sunday I spent 2 hours sorting through my scraps and stash. My scrap stash is still pretty small, I have only been quilting seriously for about 18 months, so at this point I don't have bins and bins of scraps sorted by color, but I will have enough to start sorting by color soon. Yesterday I sorted my scraps into two groups. The first will be cut into squares or bricks, the second will be cut into strips.
I then sorted through my stash and guess what I found.... That black and silver swirled fabric that I was going to use to back Jonathon's quilt. I knew I'd find it after Jonathon's quilt was complete! Oh, well, it will work well on something else.
SO, after sorting I was ready to get to quilting, so I completed my Civil War BOM stashing and finalized the blocks, so I am now all caught up, blocks 1-10 (2 each month) are complete.
|Each BOM is a 9 patch. Each one is made twice, once with dark|
emphasis, and once with light emphasis. Both blocks are then sashed
with the star pattern seen above.
|This is my favorite fabric combination of the blocks.|
|This is my least favorite fabric combination, but I chose to do this|
BOM as received and I have intentionally NOT substituted fabrics
for any of this BOM Kit.
|Another combination I kind of like... At first I didn't like this|
combination at all, but it has grown on me as I assembled it.
I then worked on a project that I can't share yet, but will soon.
And then, I finally did it... I finally got started with my Farmer's Wife Quilt Along!! I am weeks behind because I decided to start so late, so I decided to catch up over the next three weeks. I decided to organize myself. I printed out all of the templates taking care to "Print at 100%" as I heard several other quilters indicate that they had issues as a result of printing at the wrong scale.
I cut them all out, I organized them into baggies. Then I retrieved the templates I would need for the first 6 blocks and I chose fabrics for those first 6 blocks. And then, after MUCH anticipation, I finally made my first cuts...
|So, here is the completed block... Corners are cut off, edges don't meet,|
it isn't square... It's rectangular. It is everything I DID NOT EXPECT!
|Each block is supposed to be 6.25 inches square upon completion...|
And YES, that block is only 5.5" inches that way...
|And a hair over 6" that way...|
And I also figured out that ALL of my templates (except one) are the wrong size. It turns out that for whatever reason I need to set the print command to print at 100% for EVERY individual document. So the first one I printed was right (remember, I had read about this very issue so I made sure to adjust it)... However, EVERY other one was wrong. I started printing with the last template so literally not one of the templates I used for this first block was correct.
Here is a sample of the impact...
|The Yellow line is the edge of my first print... Need I say more?|
On another note I found someone collecting quilts and stuff for Joplin. There is a button over to the right, click on it and it will take you to Stitchin' Heaven Howdy's blog entry with addresses, etc. Apparently there is a huge need right now for anything Baby related. I am going to send some bottles, binkies, etc later today. If you can and want to, please help --->>
Until Next Time,